by Anne C. Bromer

From the earliest period when books began to be printed and accumulated, artists and bookbinders embellished their covers with designs and illustrations. The painting of book edges developed later, but few readers have ever seen these decorations.

by Martin Frost

Unlike the spine and covers of a bookbinding, the page edges are not usually decorated, however…

by Muriel C. Figenbaum

In 1945 Albert H. Wiggin began to form the fine collection of fore-edge paintings that upon his death in May 1951 came to the Boston Public Library.


This website highlights a special collection of more than 200 high-resolution images of fore-edge paintings housed in the Rare Books Department of the Boston Public Library.

The books and images on the site can be explored in a variety of ways, either by wandering through the main Gallery, or browsing the works by Subject, Book title, or Painting title.