Hidden Art Found on Edge of Pages of a Book Worth Thousands of Dollar

If you have old books in your library, you may want to check if they contain this amazing secret called “fore-edge painting.” It’s an illustration technique hidden on the edge of the pages of a book. It’s an intricate art that is said to date back to the 1650s.

You will be able to see the painting by bending together the pages of the book. See for yourself.

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Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

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Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

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Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

So much time and dedication was put into each masterpiece. The results speak for themselves.

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Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

There are also books that contain double fore-edge paintings. You will be able to see a different image by flipping the book over and fanning the pages in opposite direction. Amazing.

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Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

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Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

These fantastic works of art are being sold today for hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars.

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Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

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Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Credit: Special Collections & Archives, University of Iowa blog

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