Ralph H. Wark Collection

At 700 volumes, our collection of fore-edge paintings is one of the largest in the U.S. 

The fore-edge technique was popular in England from the late 18th to the late 19th centuries.  It involves painting the edges of the leaves of a book so that the picture can only be seen when the edges are fanned. Most of the illustrations are horizontal landscapes, but the collection also includes vertical portraits, double fore-edge paintings, and notable bindings.