Nothing is ever as simple as it seems.
Paintings on the edge today. The fore-edge of books, that is.
The heavens: an illustrated handbook of popular astronomy, 1867
With fore-edge painting (fanned to the right) of Cambridge, Massachusetts observatory as viewed from across the Charles River
The poetical works of Percy Bysshe Shelley
With fore-edge painting (fanned to the right) of St. Peter’s Basilica and Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome
Boston Library collection of fore-edge paintings
Edges of Books by Steven K. Galbraith