Bible with Fore-Edge Painting of the Crucifixion

Collection ID



Bible - Printed Book




Oxford, (England)




Printed on Paper


5.67 × 3.35 × 1.77 in. (14.4 × 8.5 × 4.5 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on View

Printed by Samuel Collingswood, this Bible contains a fore-edge painting depicting the crucifixion of Jesus as described in the Gospels. There is evidence of fore-edge decoration as early as the tenth century, with impressed or painted patterns and gilded edges. In the sixteenth century, artists began to paint entire scenes on one or all of the edges of the book block. Some fore-edge paintings, like this one, depict scenes that complement the content of the book, while others depict local landscapes or important figures.

Printed in 1826 by Samuel Collingwood and Co., Clarendon Press, Oxford, England.[1] Acquired by Doyle W. Flowers Jr. (1957–2017), Hinesville, Georgia;[2] Purchased privately in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] It is unknown when the fore-edge painting was added. [2] Bookseller in Georgia, United States of America.

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