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Lorenzo Valla Fore-Edge Painting
Laurentii Vallae De linguae latinae elegantia libri sex. Coloniæ Agrippinæ: excudebator G. Fabricio, 1563.

Vertical Fore-edge painting: Valla lecturing to three pupils (above) and lettering (below)

This is not only the Lilly Library's oldest fore-edge painting, but it is not a typical fore-edge painting at all. The image is painted directly on the edge and so is visible when the book is closed, unlike all the other "disappearing" paintings in this collection.

Wei-hsin Hsieh Fore-Edge Painting
Wei-hsin Hsieh. Ku chin hî pi shih lai pei yao. China, 1556.

Vertical Fore-edge painting: mountain landscape scene with a small figure, in style of Ch’ai Chin, yuan master.

Kensington Picturesque & Historical Fore-Edge Painting
Kensington Picturesque & Historical. By W. J. Loftie, B.A., F.S. A.; Author of ‘A History of London,’ ‘Windsor Castle,’ ‘The Authorised Guide to the Tower,’ etc. etc. With upwards of Three Hundred Illustrations (some in colours) by William Luker Jun. From Drawings Taken on the Spot. Engraved by Chs. Guillaume et Cie Paris. London: Field and Tuer, The Leadenhall Press, E.C. Simpkin, Marshall & Co.: Hamilton, Adams & Co. New York: Scribner & Welford, MDCCCLXXXVII [1888].

Vertical Fore-edge painting: two separate images – on bottom is a boy with a hoop standing in a pasture; top image is of a village with a church tower. Each is initialed “W.L. jr.”

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