+ Your chance to own one of the rarest books in the world +
Fore edge paintings are some of the rarest books in the world, each volume being unique and one of a kind. Although many book collectors and dealers know about them, not many have had the privilege to hold one, let alone own one.
This interesting and charming volume would make a valuable addition to any collection, not only for the age and subject of the book, but also for the artistic value of the fore-edge painting.
If you love books as much as I do, you will be thrilled at the idea of owning one of these magical books. I would love to keep these books myself but sadly I do not have enough space to display them properly. So not being able to keep them myself, I would love to know that they are in the safe hands of fellow collectors that will appreciate and cherish them.
This auction is for a lovely old book
with a single fore edge painting. Gently bend all the pages and a picture magically appears.
Close the Book and it
disappears again beneath the Gilded Fore Edges
King Henry the Fifth
King Henry the Sixth - part 1
King Henry the Sixth - part 2
Published Bradbury, Agnew & Co
Bouverie St, London
No Date [Circa1877]
Red Leather Boards,
Discolouration to front cover - sunned in an arc.
Gilt decoration and titles to spine
Minimal rubbing to edges and corners.
All three fore edges are gilt,
text block tight with clean pages.
Overall Condition : VG
This lovely old book has a beautiful hand painted watercolour concealed beneath the gilt of fishing boats off Dover. The lovely miniature watercolour was probably applied after the book was bound.
Approximate size only 4.75" x 3 " inches
336 + pages.
I have been selling books from a collection that my Grandfather left me and we are now reaching the final boxes. This is a once in a life time opportunity to invest in a rare collectible book and these will not be on sale here for ever. I have already noticed that books I sold here on Ebay last Summer, are being offered for resale for much higher prices, which probably reflects their true market value.
In a recent survey of Ebayers, over 80% admitted that they had put items on watch that they really wanted and then forget or missed the auction. This is a once in a life time opportunity and I would hate for you to be disappointed. So please do not miss out, place your bid now!
Where to find Fore Edge Paintings
Most Fore edge paintings are eventually destined to end up in the hands of wealthy private collectors or special collections in libraries and museums such as:
The British Library,
Bodleian, The Boston Public Library,
The New York Public Library, The Pierpont Morgan Library,
The Folger Shakespeare Library,
The Knox collection at the Loyola Notre-Dame campus library, in Baltimore,
The Swem Library of William & Mary College,
The Huntington Library,
Stanford University, Berkeley,
The San Diego Public Library,
The University of Colorado,
the Lilly Library at Indiana University,
The HRC, University of Texas.
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TERMS POSTAGE & INSURANCE
I Charge a Flat Rate
Subsidized Shipping & Insurance Worldwide
These are works of Art and I like to make sure they get to you safely. Therefore, to save any quibbling or attempts to cut costs and to make sure it is done properly, I will subsidize the extra expense of the Postage, Packing and Insurance and charge a flat rate.
UK POSTAGE, PACKING AND INSURANCE: £4.50
REST OF THE WORLD: £10.00
Please could you spare me the sleepless nights of worry and
email me when the books arrive to let me know
they have reached you safely
and you are happy with them.
In the strange event that you are not happy, please feel free to return it to me for a full refund.
This is not some customer care policy. Simply, if you are not happy with the book, you will not give it the attention and love it deserves and I would rather have it back so I can make sure it finds a home where it is appreciated.
This is a sale by Auction, "Caveat Emptor".