Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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gilt on landscapes

A fore-edge decoration consisting of a scene painted on the fore edge, which is then gilded and burnished. Only the gilt edge is seen until the leaves are fanned, whereupon the painting may be seen beneath the gold. The name probably derives from the fact that most of these fore-edge paintings are of landscape scenes. The practice of gilding on landscapes dates from the second half of the 18th century. See also: EDWARDS OF HALIFAX ;GILT MARBLED EDGES ;FORE-EDGE PAINTING .

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