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fore edge

The portion of a book that is opposite the spine.   That part of a book which faces the wall when shelved in a traditional manner. 

Depending on context, may refer to either the text edges, or the board edges.  The fore edge of the text block may be decorated in some cases, such as gilding, stain, or deckle edge, or in the most opulent example of decoration,  fore edge painting.


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