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The technique of fore-edge painting was developed in the middle of the 17th century, but came of age in the 19th century. The method requires fanning the pages. Then, a water color painting is done on the fanned leaves. When dry, the fore-edge would be gilt or marbled. With this concealment, the painting remains unseen unless the fore-edge is fanned. The first two paintings are on the previous Longfellow’s book. The painter is unknown. The book was bound by D. Rader.

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