An illustrated list of books with uniquely painted 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. Most of the earlier books are out of print, but if you’re a collector, it’s fun to know what is out there so you can keep an eye out for them 🙂 

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List last updated 4 Nov 2020. Note that because the page was getting too image-heavy to load, I have moved books from 2018 and earlier to a separate page.

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Dragon Legend (Dragon Realm #2) [Waterstones exclusive] by Katie and Kevin Tsang
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.

tsang dragon legend sprayed edges

Klara and the Sun [Waterstones exclusive] by Ruth Ware
Faber & Faber, Mar 2021

A novel exploring the uncharted implications of AI on human interaction and the abiding question of what it means to love.

Waterstones exclusive edition with sprayed patterned page edges.

ishiguro klara sun waterstones

Girl in the Walls [Waterstones exclusive] by Ruth Ware
HarperCollins, Mar 2021

A sinister thriller about a teenager with an enquiring mind and a house unwilling to give up its secrets.

Waterstones exclusive edition with sprayed and stencilled patterned page edges.

aj gnuse girl in the walls sprayed

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.

majumdar burning sprayed edges


Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
Dec 2020

A contemporary dystopian thriller in which a vacationing couple find themselves at the mercy of strangers in need.

Waterstones exclusive edition with stencilled bloodspattered deer on the page edges.

alam leave the world behind sprayed

Viper’s Daughter (Wolf Brother #7) by Michelle Paver
Head of Zeus, Nov 2020

Torak, Renn and Wolf battle for their lives in the Stone Age as they use their skills and knowledge of nature to survive.

First editions, first printings have stone age art sigils sprayed on the page edges.

paver vipers daughter sprayed edges

The Poppy War series [Illumicrate exclusive] by R. F. Kuang
Illumicrate, Nov 2020

A historical military fantasy, that draws its plot and politics from mid-20th-century China.

Illumicrate exclusive edition of the three books in the series with sprayed designs on the page edges.

kuang poppy war illumicrate sprayed

The Betrayals [Goldsboro exclusive] by Bridget Collins

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.

bridget collins the betrayals sprayed goldsboro

The Apparition Phase [Goldsboro exclusive] by Will Maclean
Cornerstone, Nov 2020

A literary ghost story set between a claustrophobic British suburban town and a menacing Suffolk manor.

Goldsboro exclusive edition (Prem1er club) with sprayed circular page edges.

maclean the apparition phase sprayed sm 1

One By One [Waterstones exclusive] by Ruth Ware
Vintage, Nov 2020

A snowbound thriller in which a group of tech entrepreneurs are cut off in a chalet when an avalanche hits.

Waterstones exclusive edition with sprayed snowflake page edges.

one by one ruth ware sprayed

Starve Acre [Waterstones exclusive] by Andrew Michael Hurley

In the aftermath of their child’s death, a couple haunted by grief and guilt search for answers by digging into the past.

Waterstones exclusive paperback with words sprayed on all 3 page edges.

hurley starve acre sprayed edges

Frostheart, Escape from Aurora #2 [Waterstones exclusive] by Jamie Littler

The crew of the Frostheart have finally pitched up at Aurora – but a warm welcome is the last thing they receive.

Waterstones exclusive paperback with stencil sprayed edges.

littler frostheart sprayed waterstones sm

Raybearer [Fairyloot exclusive] by Jordan Ifueko

The first installment of a West African-inspired young adult fantasy duology.

Fairyloot exclusive paperback with stencil sprayed edges on three sides.

ifueko raybearer fairyloot sprayed

The Devil and the Dark Water [Waterstones exclusive] by Stuart Turton

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.

stuart turton devil dark water sprayed waterstones

The Devil and the Dark Water [Forbidden Planet exclusive] by Stuart Turton

A group of octogenarian sleuths investigate the suspicious demise of a property developer.

Forbidden Planet exclusive edition with black devil eyes stencilled on red page edges.

stuart turton devil dark water sprayed forbidden

People of Abandoned Character [Goldsboro exclusive] by Clare Whitfield

A nurse in Victorian London starts to believe her husband could be Jack the Ripper.

Goldsboro exclusive edition (Prem1er club) with a white key stencilled on blue sprayed page edges.

clare whitfield people of abandoned character sprayed

Shadow and Bone, Collector’s Edition [Fairyloot exclusive] by Leigh Bardugo

Collector’s edition features new artwork, patterned endpapers and blue sprayed edges.

Fairyloot exclusive edition includes a black pattern on the  blue sprayed page edges.

leigh bardugo shadow bone collector fairyloot

The Bone Shard Daughter [Goldsboro exclusive] by Andrea Stewart
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.

Andrea Stewart Bone Shard daughter sprayed

Dragon Mountain [Waterstones exclusive] by Katie & Kevin Tsang

A group of children go on a quest to free a quartet of dragons buried beneath a children’s camp in China.

Waterstones exclusive with dragon scale sprayed page edges.

tsang dragon mountain sprayed

The Thursday Murder Club [Goldsboro exclusive] by Richard Osman

A group of octogenarian sleuths investigate the suspicious demise of a property developer.

Goldsboro book of the month collector’s edition with fox-patterned sprayed page edges.

richard osman thursday murder club sprayed

Anna and the French Kiss (collector’s edition) by Stephanie Perkins

A sweet coming of age romance set in Paris.

Collector’s edition with patterned sprayed page edges, annotated map, endpapers and bonus content.

anna and the french kiss collectors edition sm 1

The Glass Hotel [Blackwells exclsuive] by Emily St John Mandel
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.

mandel glass hotel sprayed

The First Sister [Goldsboro exclusive] by Linden A Lewis
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.

the first sister linden lewis sprayed

The Story of Silence [Forbidden Planet exclusive] by Alex Myers
Harper Voyager, July 2020

A knightly fairy tale of royalty and dragons, of midwives with secrets and dashing strangers in dark inns. 

Forbidden Planet exclusive edition with pink stars stencilled onto black sprayed page edges.

alex myers story silence sprayed

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay
Titan, July 2020

A highly contagious rabies-like virus that turns its victims into homicidal maniacs.

Waterstones & Forbidden Planet exclusive edition with red orange ombre sprayed page edges.

paul tremblay survivor song sprayed edges

Cruel Prince and Wicked King by Holly Black
FairyLoot, July 2020

FairyLoot exclusive editions with green stencilled edges.

holly black cruel prince fairy loot

Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty
FairyLoot, July 2020

FairyLoot exclusive editions with coloured stencilled edges.

chakraborty fairy loot Daevabad Deluxe sprayed sm

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.

valente willow moss lost day sprayed

Written in Blood by Chris Carter
Simon & Schuster, May 2020

A psychological thriller about a pickpocket, a loudmouth and a bag with sinister, life-changing contents.

Waterstones exclusive edition with sprayed ‘blood-spattered’ page edges.

Chris Carter Written In Blood Sprayed sm

The Midnight Lie – Marie Rutkoski
Fairy Loot, Apr 2020

An epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.

Fairy Loot exclusive cover and blue stencilled sprayed page edges.

marie rutkoski midnight lie fairy loot

Sleepyhead (20th Anniversary Ed) – Mark Billingham
Little, Brown, Apr 2020

A signed numbered hardback of the first DI Tom Thorne novel.

Red sprayed page edges with ‘Night Night’ stencilled in black.

mark billingham 20th ann sleepyhead

Exciting Times – Naoise Dolan 
Orion, Apr 2020

A fictional dissection of love and commitment in the international circles of contemporary Hong Kong.

Waterstones exclusive two-tone sprayed page edges and decorative endpapers.

naoise dolan exciting times sprayed sm

Looking Glass (Dark Alice #3) – Christina Henry
Titan, Apr 2020

A collection of four novellas set in the Dark Alice universe.

Waterstones exclusive paperback with patterned decorative stencilled page edges featuring vines.

Christina Henry Looking Glass Dark Alice sprayed sm

The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healy
Pan Macmillan, Mar 2020

Gothic fiction in which a wartime menagerie haunts the corridors of the eponymous stately home.

Waterstones exclusive edition with patterned decorative stencilled page edges.

jane healey animals at lockwood manor sprayed sm

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth
Fairy Look, 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. 

veronica roth chosen ones fairy loot

Star Switch by Alesha Dixon
Scholastic, Mar 2020

A pop star switches bodies with one of her biggest fans.

Double patterned decorative stencilled page edges.

Alesha Dixon Star Switch sprayed sm 1

Dear Edward –
Penguin, Feb 2020

A 12-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash.

Waterstones exclusive edition with stars sprayed on the edges.

ann napolitano dear edward sprayed sm

Apeirogon –
Bloomsbury, Feb 2020

A novel named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides, about two men and their daughters, divided by conflict yet united in grief.

Goldsboro exclusive edition with birds sprayed on the edges (in gold or black)

apeirogon colum mccann

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Penguin, Feb 2020

A melancholic historical novel that merges the slavery narrative with the fantasy genre.

Foyles exclusive edition with blue cowrie shells stencilled on the page edges. Limited to 1000 copies.

ta nehisi coates the water dancer foyles sprayed sm

Pine by Francine Toon
Transworld, Jan 2020

A decades old mystery set in the Scottish highlands..

Signed Waterstones exclusive edition with a pine tree sprayed on the page edges

Francine Toon Pine Sprayed

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby
Cornerstone, Jan 2020

A reimagining of the relationship between Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra.

Signed Waterstones exclusive edition with patterned page edges

hornby miss austen waterstones sm

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.

william gibson agency foyles sprayed sm

Braised Pork by An Yu
Harville Secker, Jan 2020

Love and loss in contemporary Beijing.

Patterned decorative stencilled page edges. Limited to 1000 copies.

an yu braised pork sprayed sm

This Vicious Cure (Mortal Coil #3) by Emily Suvada
Penguin, Jan 2020

The conclusion to the Mortal Coil trilogy.

Waterstones exclusive with patterned decorative stencilled page edges with broken DNA. 

emily suvada vicious cure sprayed sm

Near Witch by V. E. Schwab
Titan, Jan 2020

The children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and Lexi goes hunting for them.

Patterned decorative stencilled page edges. 

Schwab Near witch sprayed sm


Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
FairyLoot, December 2019

FairyLoot exclusive edition with foiled wibalin cover, and flowing green snakes stencilled around the page edges.

holly black queen nothing fairy loot sprayed edges

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao
Illumicrate, December 2019

Illumicrate exclusive edition with stencilled blood dripping down the page edges.

amelie zhao blood heir illumicrate

The Boy Who Fooled the World by Lisa Thompson
Waterstones, Nov 2019

Cole fools the world with a little fib and finds himself trapped in a huge web of lies.

Waterstones exclusive edition with decorative stencilled page edges.

lisa thompson boy who fooled the world sprayed

Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Waterstones, Nov 2019

A story of subterranean libraries, hidden clues and wildly inventive magic.

Waterstones exclusive edition with decorative stencilled page edges and hidden cover designs.

erin morgenstern starless sea sprayed edges 2019

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Illumicrate, Oct 2019

Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons.

Illumicrate exclusive edition with decorative stencilled page edges and gold foiling.

cassandra clare clockwork angel illumicrate sprayed sm

Frostheart by Jamie Littler
Penguin, Oct 2019

A young boy called Ash and his disagreeable yeti guardian find themselves on a sleigh ride into adventure’.

Waterstones exclusive edition with decorative stencilled page edges.

Jamie Littler Frostheart sprayed sm

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.

rachel renee russell dork diaries spectacular sprayed sm

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.

rainbow rowell wayward son waterstones sprayed edges

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Transworld, Oct 2019

‘A festive shopping celebration’.

Waterstones exclusive edition with candy cane sprayed edges.

sophie kinsella christmas shopaholic speayed edges

The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Chicken House, Oct 2019

A wintery folk tale about bravery, sisterhood, goodbyes and beginnings.

Waterstones exclusive with decorative page edges.

Kiran Hargrave Way Past Winter sprayed edges

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Bloomsbury, Sep 2019

‘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.

patchett dutch house sprayed sm

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
Illumicrate, Sep 2019

A girl with no gifts must bargain for the power to fight her own mother’s dark schemes—even if the price is her life.

Illumicrate exclusive edition with a snake stencilled onto the page edges.

barron kingdom souls illumicrate

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.

Jay Kristoff Darkdawn sprayed edges

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
Fairyloot, 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.

into the crooked place alexandra christo sprayed sm

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.

CJ Tudor The Taking of Annie Thorne sprayed edges

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. White text along black sprayed age edges.

➡ More on Rockport’s Classics Reimagined series here…

rockport classics jekyll hyde sprayed sm

Figures of Speech (special edition) by Michael Darling
Prestel (May 2019)

This special-edition monograph, produced in close collaboration with the artist himself, explores his creative output in a three-books-in-one format.

“Personal copy” stencilled in black on the page edges.

abloh figures of speech artwork cover

Wham! George and Me by Andrew Ridgeley
Penguin (2019)

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.

Andrew Ridgeley Wham sprayed 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.

ruth ware turn of the key sprayed edges

Dark Age by Pierce Brown
Illumicrate edition (2019)

Fifth book in the Red Rising Saga.

dark age pierce brown sprayed 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.


Something to Live For by Richard Roper
Orion 2019

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.

richard roper something to live for waterstones cover

Birthday by Meredith Russo
Usborne 2019

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.

Meredith Russo Birthday Sprayed Page 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.

Thomas Taylor Malamander Decorative Sprayed Edges

Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
Scholastic 2019

High fantasy young adult novel about a land in mourning, sequel to State of Sorrow.

Waterstones exclusive with decorative text along the page edges.

Melinda Salisbury Song of Sorrow sprayed page edges

The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor
Penguin 2019

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.

CJ Tudor The Chalk Man Decorative Sprayed Page Edges

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.

stephen king the outsider sprayed sm

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.

pittacus lore return to zero sprayed sm

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.

neil gaiman anansi boys folio society sprayed sm

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