Monday, December 5, 2011

Deck the Halls With Fore Edge Paintings

by Stephen J. Gertz

SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works...
1867: London: Macmillan, 1867. 1075pp. 170x120mm.
Full binding in grained goatskin, extra-gilt spine,
marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Matching thumbhole slipcase.

Double panelled FEP with portrait and a view of the Globe theatre in
London. Monogrammed by Frost with an authentication ticket.

Martin Frost, the modern master of fore-edge painting, has just released his catalog for Christmas 2012.

WILBERFORCE, Samuel. Heroes of Hebrew History.
Edinburgh: John Grant, 1898. 368pp. 180x125mm.
Bound in half calf, extra gilt spine wih  later hand marbled
paper covers and endpapers, all edges gilt.
Matching thumbhole slipcase.

FEP of the the Ark of the Covenant in a procession led by
King David. Monogrammed by Frost with an authentication ticket.

The fore-edge paintings range from the sacred, above...

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
London: Heron, (c. 1960). 475pp. 210x120mm.
Matching thumbhole slipcase.

Vertical FEP of Jekyll reflected in Hyde’s blade.
Monogrammed by Frost with an authentication ticket.

...to the profane.


The Holy Bible, containing the Old & New Tesataments.
Oxford: Rivington, 1814. 1290pp. 240x160mm.
Full straight-grained goatskin binding with extra-gilt finishing,
rebacked retaining the original spine, replacement
marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Matching thumbhole slipcase.

Split-double FEP. The book is divided and fans to show panels
from the old and new testaments. Monogrammed by Frost with
an authentication ticket.

...back to the sacred...

MILTON,John. Poetical Works.
London: Warne, (c. 1880).  581pp, numerous plates by Dalziel Bros.
190x140mm. Fully bound in grained goatskin with extra-gilt
spine, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Matching thumbhole slipcase.

All edge painting showing Milton’s portrait flanked by views of old London
bridge and his birthplace. Top and bottom edges show Eden scenes from
Paradise Lost. Monogrammed by Frost with an authentication ticket. .

Bottom edge.
Top edge.

...and original sin.

WHITTIER, John Greenleaf. Poetical Works.
London: (c. 1960).  576pp,. 200 x140mm. Superior Art Nouveau
style vellum spine with later clothcovered boards and gilded page
edges, vellum style endpapers, Matching thumbhole slipcase.

Vertical FEP of a baseball player taking his stance for a strike.
Monogrammed by Frost with an authentication ticket

And from original sin to the batting box and strike zone.

WALKER, W.S. Gustavus Vasa & other Poems.
London: Longmans et al, 1813. 2nd edition.
 230+34 pp. 220x140mm. Full straight grained goatskin,
sumptuous extra-gilt spine and boards, all edges gilt.
 Matching thumbhole slipcase.

Two-way double FEP showing the emperor’s portrait set over
a scene of his army, and on the other fan, his entrance to
Stockholm. Monogrammed by Frost with an authentication ticket.

Then from the strike zone to Stockholm and the triumphant return of King Gustavus Adolphus (1594-1632) of Sweden.

REYNOLD Sir Joshua. Discourses given to the Royal Acamedy of Art.
London: Walter Scott, 1867. 283pp, 170x120mm.
Fully bound in calf, extra-gilt spine, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
Matching thumbhole slipcase.

Rambunctious Thomas Rowlandson scene set in a 1780 life drawing studio.
Monogrammed by Frost with an authentication ticket..

A hard left turn takes us from the Swedish empire to sweetish hellfire in an art studies atelier of dubious art scholarship after Thomas Rowlandson, who understood that the model was not a student of art anymore than the adult male students were models of art. They wished nothing more than to stroke their brush on another sort of canvas altogether and, with any luck, life-draw their brains out after class.

COOPER, Rev William M. History of the Rod.
London: Reeves, (c.1880). Bew edition, revised,
544pp. 175x125mm. Profusely illustrated with appropriate
illustrations and diagrams. Splendidly bound in new full
crimson goatskin leather with gilt black skiver spine title and Rod &
Birch motif labels. Suitably spiky endpapers, all edges gilt, with a
matching thumbhole slipcase.

Upright fore-edge painting of cupid being soundly thrashed, and
apparently enjoying it. Monogrammed by Frost with an
authentification ticket.

The naughty result, of course, requires tough love. Spare the rod, spoil the "life studies" art student; it's Cupid's corporal punishment. 

Frost is offering a few other erotic fore-edge paintings for the 2011 holiday season but this is Christmas, not Passover, Easter and the Spring solstice, life overcoming death, fertility rites, wildly reproducing rabbits, and the orgy at the foot of Mt. Sinai  in the two-birds-with-one-stone  holiday rerun of the Judeo-Christian cinema warhorse, The Ten Commandments, so enough in that direction.

You can download the full Martin Frost 2011 Christmas Catalog on his home page.

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All images courtesy of Martin Frost, with our thanks.
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