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Re: Gauffering/Gilding Page Edges

I too have seen one example of a book with a fore-edge painting. It was
wonderful,and I'm sure it was done in the way you suggest. Why not try it
out on an old text book or other commercial book instead of maybe spoiling
one of your own. The only problem I can see is actually getting the pages
to fan evenly.
I believe these books were done years ago when people had time to do things
by hand.

     /             Hands                                   /
   /                   on                                   /
 /                       Paper                          /

> From: G. B. McC <GGMCCOR@xxxxxxx>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: Gauffering/Gilding Page Edges
> Date: Sunday, August 24, 1997 7:12 AM
> I don't know if that would be the correct subject heading for my
> and this may have been covered before (I'm brand new here) but here goes;
> Long ago, I saw a display of several books that looked like they had
> edges.  It was a lovely embellishment to the tooled leather books, but
> amazing thing was that when the books were opened and the pages were
> against each other a picture appeared on the very edges of the pages.
> page of course, contributing its minute bit to the whole.  It was a
> surprise for the reader.
> Is this still done?  Okay, duh, sure probably someone still does this -
> do any of you?  And do you have any suggestions as to how to do this?
> I've thought maybe just impressing an inked rubber stamp in a  simple
> onto slightly fanned and angled pages might work, but it I'm not sure and
> don't want to risk a book on the experiment, though I do want to try it
> on a  pad of paper just to see.
> I saw these books so long ago as a child that only the idea remains and I
> can't conjure up a clear picture of what it really did look like, only
> it was so beautiful and I was so impressed by it.  And now that I've
> remembered it again, thanks to this ongoing thread, I'd like to try it on
> own books.
> Thanks for any and all help,
> Feathers

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