An illustrated list of books with uniquely painted, stencilled and sprayed page edges
This page includes an illustrated list of books I’ve found with interesting fore-edge treatments, including unique designs on sprayed edges, painted edges and decorative stencilled edges. I started keeping track actively around about 2017, but have been backfilling earlier years as I come across them. Many of the books are out of print, or are only available through subscription book clubs, but if you’re a collector, it’s fun to know what is out there so you can keep an eye out for them 🙂
I do include up-coming preorders and publicly available special editions in the list as well though, so please bookmark this page or subscribe if you’re interesting in knowing what’s coming up!
Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa [FairyLoot exclusive]
Meghan Chase discovers she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and a pawn in a deadly war.
FairyLoot exclusive editions with stencilled edges on the side, solid sprayed edges on top and bottom, and artwork on the reverse of the dust jackets.
Sistersong by Lucy Holland [Goldsboro GSFF Club]
Historical fantasy. Based on the traditional folk ballad The Two Sisters, magical strangers and warring tribes entrap a regal family in Dark Ages Britain.
Goldsboro SFF Club exclusive edition with decorative stencilled page edges, signed and limited.
Dragon Legend (Dragon Realm #2) by Katie and Kevin Tsang [Waterstones exclusive]
Simon & Schuster, Mar 2021
Billy Chan’s friend, Dylan, has been kidnapped by the evil Dragon of Death and it’s up to him and his friends to travel through time, back to the dangerous Dragon Realm, in order to save him.
Waterstones exclusive edition with sprayed patterned dragon-scale page edges.
A Burning [Waterstones exclusive] by Megha Majumdar
Simon & Schuster, Jan 2021
A story of three unforgettable characters dreaming of a better future in contemporary India, whose lives are changed when they are caught up in the devastating aftermath of a terrorist attack.
Waterstones exclusive edition with sprayed patterned page edges that match the cover art.
The Betrayals by Bridget Collins [Goldsboro exclusive]
The Borough Press, Nov 2020
At Montverre, an exclusive academy tucked away in the mountains, the best and brightest are trained for excellence in the grand jeu: an arcane and mysterious contest.
Goldsboro exclusive edition with red stencilled fore-edge and red sprayed top and bottom edges.
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton [Waterstones exclusive]
Bloomsbury, Oct 2020
A sinister period chiller set on a blighted sea voyage to Amsterdam, featuring fugitive detectives, a twice-dead leper and a stalking demon.
Waterstones exclusive edition with green and black stencilled page edges.
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart [Goldsboro exclusive]
Simon & Schuster, Sep 2020
Lin is the Emperor’s daughter and she spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.
Goldsboro exclusive (GSFF club) with red key sprayed page edges.
Moonflower Murders (Magpie Murders #2) [Waterstones] by Anthony Horowitz
Cornerstone, Aug 2020
Mystery. Susan Ryeland decides to investigate when she hears about an unfortunate murder that took place on the same day and in the same hotel in which the Trehearnes’ daughter was married.
Waterstones exclusive with white moons sprayed on blue page edges.
The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel [Indie exclusive]
Picador, Aug 2020
A tale of greed and guilt that weaves between life on a ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of remote British Columbia.
Independent bookshop exclusive edition with a wilderness scene stencilled on blue sprayed page edges.
The First Sister by Linden A Lewis [Goldsboro exclusive]
Hodder & Stoughton, Aug 2020
As the war between the Geans and the Icarii reaches a head, Lito and First Sister must decide what – and whom – they are willing to sacrifice in the name of duty, or for love.
Goldsboro exclusive edition with stars stencilled on sprayed page edges.
Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day by Dominique Valente
HarperCollins, May 2020
Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, has a magical ability for finding lost things – like keys, or socks -useful, but not exactly exciting – until she has to find a missing day.
Waterstones exclusive edition with gold stars stencilled on blue page edges.
Chosen Ones [FairyLoot Exclusive] by Veronica Roth
FairyLoot, Mar 2020
Saving the world made them heroes. Saving it again might destroy them.
Fairy Loot exclusive edition with exclusive cover, stencil sprayed edges (top and bottom solid black), an embossed foil design underneath the dust jacket and signed by the author.
Agency by William Gibson
Penguin, Jan 2020
Verity Jane is a talented “app whisperer” who is hired to test a new artificial intelligence called Eunice. Verity soon becomes aware that Eunice is quite powerful, something that she hesitates to share with her employers.
Signed Foyles exclusive edition with star spangled page edges. Limited to 1000 copies.
Dork Diaries: Spectacular Superstar by Rachel Renée Russell
Simon & Schuster, Oct 2019
‘Nikki Maxwell and her bandmates are looking forward to an awesome tour, but it quickly turns awful when Nikki’s frenemy, MacKenzie Hollister, weasels her way onto the tour as a social media guru ‘.
Waterstones exclusive edition with decorative stencilled page edges.
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Pan Macmillan, Oct 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.
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.
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.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tina Berning
Rockport, July 2019
A gripping exploration of the duality of human nature, with modern gothic artworks. First printings have white text along black sprayed 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.
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.
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.
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.