Special Collection Treasures feature different materials housed in the Special Collection, Samford University Library.
A fore-edge painting is a watercolor design painted on the edge of a book. The design is usually only visible when the pages of the book are fanned out. The beginning of fore-edge painting can be traced back as early as the tenth century. The Special Collection department at Samford University has three paintings of this type.
Montgomery, James, Poems of James Montgomery, London, New York, Routledge, Warne, & Routledge, 1860
Tennyson, Alfred; Enoch Arden, London, Edward Moxon, 1864
Tennyson, Alfred, Poems, London: Edward Moxon & Co., Dover Street., 1865.
Weber, Carl Jefferson, Fore-edge Painting, a Historical Survey of a Curious Art in Book Decoration. Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y., Harvey House, 1966