An illustrated list of books with uniquely painted and sprayed page edges
This page includes an illustrated list of books I’ve found that have interesting fore-edge treatments, including unique designs on sprayed edges, painted edges and decorative stencilling. If you’re interested in a video tour of the ones in my collection (and/or a little history of how they originated), please visit the related post here.
List last updated 21 August 2019
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Pan Macmillan 2019
‘A book for everyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day. And a book for everyone who was ever more curious about the second kiss than the first.’ Sequel to Carry On.
Waterstones exclusive edition with decorative stencilled page edges that match the dust jacket pattern on Baz’s suit.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
‘A story of love, family, sacrifice, and the power of place, set in small town Pennsylvania’.
Waterstones exclusive edition with delft pottery stencilled edges, patterned endpapers and a bonus essay.
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
Harper Voyager Sep 2019
Mia Corvere, gladiatii, escaped slave, and infamous assassin, is on the run. Pursued by Blades of the Red Church and soldiers of the Luminatii legion, she may never escape the City of Bridges and Bones alive. Her mentor Mercurio is now in the clutches of her enemies. Her own family wishes her dead. And her nemesis, Consul Julius Scaeva, stands but a breath from total dominance over the Republic.
Goldsboro exclusive edition with stars on black page edges. Most were signed, limited and numbered, but a few extra un-numbered copies were made available.
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
Fairyloot edition (2019)
The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.
Fairyloot exclusive with red and white sworls on the page edges.
The Taking of Annie Thorne by CJ Tudor
Penguin Books, August 2019
One night, Annie went missing. Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after forty-eight hours, she came back. But she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say what had happened to her.
Waterstones exclusive sprayed edges with red paper dolls.
Wham! George and Me by Andrew Ridgeley
In this 1980s pop music memoir, Andrew Ridgeley lifts the lid on fame, fortune and working with George Michael.
Wham stencilled in orange on the page edges.
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Vintage Publishing (2019)
What starts with a dream position in the Scottish Highlands ends in murder and intrigue for young nanny Rowen, in a compelling narrative that channels gothic horror, family drama and murder mystery.
Waterstones exclusive with key sprayed page edges.
Dark Age by Pierce Brown
Illumicrate edition (2019)
Fifth book in the Red Rising Saga.
Finale by Stephanie Garber (Caraval #3)
Fairyloot Edition (2019)
Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun – with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win, and those who will lose everything. Welcome, welcome to the Caraval’s Finale. All games must come to an end. The third book in the Caraval series.
Fairyloot exclusive edition with different cover art and card suits sprayed page edges. Most editions were signed, but some additional unsigned copies were also released.
The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Chicken House 2019
A wintery folk tale about bravery, sisterhood, goodbyes and beginnings.
Waterstones exclusive with decorative page edges.
Something to Live For by Richard Roper
Contemporary fiction about the lies we tell ourselves to fit in, and the risk of falling through the cracks of life.
Waterstones exclusive with train tracks along the edges.
Birthday by Meredith Russo
A story traversing six different birthdays in the lives of two small town friends who were born on the same day – one of whom is transgender.
First printings all feature the rainbow edges.
Malamander by Thomas Taylor
Walker Books 2019
‘The briny world of Malamander may be inhabited by mechanical mermonkeys and diabolical villains but Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma are on a mission to find Violet’s missing parents and nothing is going to stand in their way.’
Waterstones exclusive edition with decorative stencilled page edges that continue the city from the cover art.
Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
High fantasy young adult novel about a land in mourning, sequel to State of Sorrow.
Waterstones exclusive with decorative text along the page edges.
The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor
A thriller set in small town England, and the chalk men are initially used by a group of kids as part of a secret code, until they are co-opted by a murderer.
Chalk stick men figures on all page edges and the spine.
The Outsider by Stephen King
Hodder & Stoughton (2019)
An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park, and eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens.
First paperback printings have a shadowy figure sprayed in grey on the page edges.
Lorien Legacies Reborn: Return to Zero by Pittacus Lore
Penguin/Michael Joseph 2019
The Legacies, Loric, Earth Garde and even the Mogadorians come together for a final, deadly showdown.
All first printings of the UK hardbacks in this series have ‘Legacies Reborn’ printed on the page edges.
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Francis Vallejo
Folio Society 2019
Not only does Fat Charlie Nancy discover that his embarrassing old dad was actually Anansi the African trickster god, his life is about to be invaded and turned upside down by Spider, the magical twin brother he never knew he had.
All FS editions of Anansi Boys have spider webs sprayed around the page edges.
This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada
Penguin Books 2018
Sequel to This Cruel Design.
Waterstones exclusive. A breaking strand of DNA is printed white on black along the fore-edge.
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Faber & Faber 2018
Literary fiction that weaves together stories from past and present of two families living in the same house in New Jersey as they navigate cultural shifts.
Pretty and detailed wallpaper pattern along the fore-edge.
Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey
A mother turns detective to figure out what happened to her daughter during four days she went missing.
Waterstones exclusive with white birds along a black sprayed edge.
All Of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor
A group of four teens who befriend their favourite YA author and she ends up writing a book about them.
Double sprayed edges reading ‘you can trust me’ one way and ‘tell me everything’ the other way.
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
An epic narrative that follows three generations of beekeepers against the backdrop of a global crisis that arises as our population of pollinators collapses.
Waterstones exclusive. Yellow and black stripes along the fore-edge.
Where Chefs Eat by Joe Warwick
A guide to chefs’ favorite restaurants around the world (updated edition).
Features phrases sprayed on the page edges, including ‘from local favorites to high end’ and ‘from the real experts’.
Where to Drink Beer by Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø
500 of the world’s most revered brewers reveal the little-known, eclectic, and surprising destinations they visit for their ultimate beer.
Features ‘beer’ in amber along the page edges.
Vox by Christina Dalcher
A dystopian set in a future America where women have been silenced by having the number of words they can speak rationed to 100 per day.
Goldsboro limited edition features the title ‘VOX’ stencilled onto the page block.
Harry Potter, House Editions by JK Rowling
House Editions with edges sprayed in house colours, and scarf patterns on the facing page block for the hardback editions. Paperback editions are plain house colours.
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
A YA urban fantasy romance thriller starring a supernatural bounty hunter who harvests souls (first part of a duology).
‘One More Soul’ stencilled along the fore-edge.
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Fifteen-year-old Zoe confesses her secrets to a stranger, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas.
Red birds sprayed onto the fore-edge.
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
A dystopian science fiction trilogy about gene hacking.
Waterstones exclusive. A strand of DNA is printed white on black along the fore-edge.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth
A young adult coming-of-age novel for a gay teen in rural Montana in the early 1990s.
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Young adult novel in which a mixed-race family is hit by tragedy in 90s Atlanta.
Gradient of colour from pink to purple on first print runs of the paperback edition.
Who Let the Gods Out series by Maz Evans
Chicken House 2017-2019
Slapstick adventures of the Greek Gods with lots of comic one-liners: Who Let the Gods Out, Simply the Quest, Beyond the Odyssey and Against All Gods.
Coloured page edges with white lightning bolt strikes.
Where Bartenders Drink by Adrienne Stillman
Where the best bartenders go for the best drinks around the world.
‘Drinks’ in olive green stencilled along all the page edges.
Amelia Fang by Laura Ellen Anderson
Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends Florence the yeti (don’t call her beast!) and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball.
A very small limited print run for the author with the characters on the page edges.
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Folio Society 2017
A Folio Society limited edition (1000 numbered copies, signed by the illustrator) of this classic set in post-apocalyptic Kent, in an England in the grip of a second Iron Age, and written in ’Riddleyspeak’ a fractured phonetic version of English. Decorative edges continue the watercolour cover design.
Where to Drink Coffee by Avidan Ross
An insider’s guide to where the world’s best baristas go for a cup of coffee – 600 spots in 50 countries.
‘Coffee’ in brown stencilled along all the page edges.
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Sequel to Red Queen. ‘Pursued by the vengeful Silver king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join the rebellion.’
White swords stencilled along blue page edges.
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Pan Macmillan 2016
Young adult romance about love and loss.
White flowers stencilled along pink page edges.
Beetle Boy by Maz Evans
Chicken House 2016
A fun middle grade novel that also teaches you some interesting beetle facts along the way.
Limited print run with decorative beetle page edges.
Hamish and the Neverpeople by Danny Wallace, illustrated by Jamie Littler
Simon & Schuster (2016)
Hamish Ellerby and his friends must save the world from an army of huge thundering metal oddballs.
Special Sainsbury’s editions of the paperback had illustrations of Hamish and his friends stencilled in colour on the page edges.
Inferno by Catherine Doyle
Scholastic India 2016
A mafia romance.
The books has ‘Blood For Blood’ in decorative text printed in red along the fore-edge.
Where to Eat Pizza by Daniel Young
Over 1,000 food experts and aficionados from around the world reveal their insider tips on finding a perfect slice of pizza.
Sprayed edges featuring ‘pizza pizza’ in red.
A Thousand Nights by EK Johnston
An inventive reimagining of 1001 Nights, set in a beautiful desert kingdom, with the action spurred forward by fierce love between two sisters.
Gold metallic decorative sprayed edges on all first printings of the UK hardback.
Alice in Wonderland, Classics Reimagined by Lewis Carroll and Andrew D’Aquino
The classic children’s tale illustrated with a mix of watercolour and collage.
Blue and green watercolour page edges featuring three famous phrases from the book: ‘We’re All Mad Here’, “Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s a great question.” And, of course, “Off With Her Head!”.
Pride and Prejudice, Classics Reimagined by Jane Austen, illustrated by Alice Pattullo
The classic romance illustrated in a delightfully romantic folkloric style.
White flowers on a brilliant orange page block along all the edges.
What Remains by Tim Weaver
Michael Joseph (2015)
Missing persons investigator David Raker assists one of the Met’s best detectives to solve a cold case murder.
First printings of the hardback edition have the word ‘missing’ stencilled in orange onto the page edges.
Hamish and the Worldstoppers by Danny Wallace, illustrated by Jamie Littler
Simon & Schuster (2015)
Hamish Ellerby and his friends have to save the world from the WorldStoppers and The Terribles.
Special Tesco editions of the paperback had illustrations of Hamish and his friends stencilled in colour on the page edges, while Sainsbury’s special editions had black Terribles figures along the edges.
Where Chefs Eat by Joe Warwick
A guide to chefs’ favorite restaurants around the world.
Features phrases sprayed on the page edges, including ‘from local favorites to high end’ and ‘from the real experts’.
The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope.
Folio Society 2015
A Folio Society limited hand-bound edition of Trollope’s restored text. Presented in a solander box, bound in leather blocked in 22-carat gold and hand-marbled on all three page edges by Jemma Lewis. 480 hand-bound books from the limitation of 1,980.
The Rats by James Herbert
Pan Macmillan 2014
Graphic horror novel involving hordes of rats.
40th anniversary edition with die-cut rat hole on the front boards, glow-in-the-dark title, and black sprayed page edges with yellow rat eyes.
Edgar Allan Poe’s Stories & Poems, Classics Reimagined by Edgar Allan Poe, illustrated by David Plunkert
A collection of 12 classic stories and 12 poems by Poe.
Page edges are silver on black with Poe’s signature and a sketch of his face hidden under ink splotches.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Classics Reimagined by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Olimpia Zagnoli
The children’s classic decorated with bold shapes and repeated patterns.
First printing hardbacks feature abstract shape decorations along gold page edges.
Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Classics Reimagined by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Yann Legendre
Graphic version of Grimm’s most popular tales.
First print runs for the hardbacks have text along the edges of the page block.
Police by Jo Nesbo
Harville Secker 2013
Police officers are being slain along Oslo’s streets at the scenes of crimes they once investigated , but failed to solve, and the police urgently need Harry Hole to help.
First printings have ‘Police’ in white on a red background along the fore-edge.
2012 and earlier
Johnson’s Dictionary by Samuel Johnson.
Folio Society 2006
Facsimile of the first edition. Quarter bound in dappled brown calfskin with leather corners and hand marbled sides and page edges by Ann Muir.
Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd
A college novel set in the late 1950s at State U, where the young narrator has decided to major in art, much to his parents’ dismay.
Both the hardback and paperback editions have hidden fore-edge text printed onto the page block, reading ‘Good Is Dead’ when pages are fanned in one direction and ‘Do You See?’ in the other.
1066 And All That by W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman, illustrated by John Reynolds
Folio Society 1990
Ink-spattered page edges on this irreverent schoolboy romp through British history.