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Photo used as the signature image for the Edges of Books Exhibition.

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An abbreviated title reading ""Plutarchi Illustri Vitae" or "The lives of the Illustrious Plutarch" appears at the top of this book's fore-edge suggesting that it once rested vertically on a shelf with its fore-edge out.

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The "T:W" inscribed on the head-edge of the top book are most likely the initials of an early owner of the book.

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An alternative to writing the author or title on one of a book's edges is to write or print the information on a folding edge label that is affixed to the front or back board. When unfolded the label covers the edge of the book, as shown in these…

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An alternative to writing the author or title on one of a book's edges is to write or print the information on a folding edge label that is affixed to the front or back board. When unfolded the label covers the edge of the book, as shown in these…

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Typically found on large dictionaries, thumb indexes help readers quickly find the section of the book they need. In the case of this Linotype manual, readers can thumb to a specific typeface.

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Gilding edges is one of the most traditional ways of beautifying a book. The long edges of these sixteenth-century volumes of Pliny were gilded when they were rebound years later and have not lost their spectacular shine.

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These gauffered edges adorn papier ma?he binding specimens found in the Bernard C. Middleton Collection at the Cary Collection. The silk bookmarks read "Faith Hope and Charity", "No Cross No Crown" and "The Truth Shall Make Us Free."

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These gauffered edges adorn papier ma?he binding specimens found in the Bernard C. Middleton Collection at the Cary Collection. The silk bookmarks read "Faith Hope and Charity", "No Cross No Crown" and "The Truth Shall Make Us Free."

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This selection of books shows the variety of colors used to stain edges. Books found in the Cary Collection have fore-edges colored in yellow, green, and shades of blue, and even an orangey-pink.
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