Fancy and stencilled sprayed page edges, Part 2

My old page got too image-heavy to load properly, so I’ve had to split it into two parts. This page includes book published prior to 2018. For more recent books, please visit part 1.

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!

I do include up-coming preorders in the list as well as books that are out of print, so please bookmark part one of the compendium or subscribe if you’re a collector of such features! 

Bonus: If you’re interested in a video tour of the prettiest sprayed-edge books in my collection (and/or reading a little history about them), please visit the related post here.

List last updated 16 September 2020


Lateral Cooking by Niki Segnit
Bloomsbury 2018

The principles underpinning recipe creation.

Orange stepped design along the fore-edge, reflecting different sections in the book.

Niki Segnit Lateral Cooking sprayed 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.

Emily Suvada This Cruel Design Sprayed Page Edges

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.

kingsolver unsheltered

Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey
Penguin 2018

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.

Emma Healey Whistle in the Dark Decorative Sprayed sm

All Of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor
HarperTeen 2018

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. 

lygia day peñaflor all of this is true sprayed edges

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
Scribner, 2018

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.

Maja Lunde The History of Bees sprayed edges

Where Chefs Eat by Joe Warwick
Phaidon 2018

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’.

phaidon where chefs eat 2018 sprayed edges 2

Where to Drink Beer by Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø
Phaidon 2018

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.

phaidon where to drink beer

Vox by Christina Dalcher
HQ/Goldsboro 2018

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.

vox cover


Harry Potter, House Editions by JK Rowling
Bloomsbury 2017-

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.

jk rowling harry potter house editions sprayed edges

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Bloomsbury 2017

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.

jeff giles edge of everything sprayed edges

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Orion 2017

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.

Annabel Pitcher Ketchup Clouds Sprayed sm

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
Penguin 2017

A dystopian science fiction trilogy about gene hacking.

Waterstones exclusive. A strand of DNA is printed white on black along the fore-edge.

Emily Suvada This Mortal Coil Sprayed Page Edges

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth
Penguin 2017

A young adult coming-of-age novel for a gay teen in rural Montana in the early 1990s.

Waterstones exclusive.

Emily M Danforth The Miseducation of Cameron Post Sprayed Page Edges

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Walker 2017

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.

MG Leonard Who Let The Gods Out series sprayed sm

Where Bartenders Drink by Adrienne Stillman
Phaidon 2017

Where the best bartenders go for the best drinks around the world.

‘Drinks’ in olive green stencilled along all the page edges.

katherine webber wing jones sprayed sm

Amelia Fang by Laura Ellen Anderson
Egmont 2017

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.

laura anderson amelia fang sprayed edges sm

Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Folio Society 2017 (OOP)

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
Phaidon 2017

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.

Phaidon where to drink coffee sprayed edges


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Orion 2016

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.

victoria aveyard glass sword sprayed edges sm

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.

harriet hapgood square root of summer sprayed edges sm

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.

Danny Wallace Hamish Neverpeople Sainsburys sprayed edges sm

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.

catherine doyle inferno sprayed edges

Where to Eat Pizza by Daniel Young
Phaidon 2016

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.

phaidon where to eat pizza sprayed edges


A Thousand Nights by EK Johnston
Macmillan 2015

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.

A thousand nights johnston cover

Alice in Wonderland, Classics Reimagined by Lewis Carroll and Andrew D’Aquino
Rockport 2015

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!”.

Rockport Alice in Wonderland HB cover

Pride and Prejudice, Classics Reimagined by Jane Austen, illustrated by Alice Pattullo
Rockport 2015

The classic romance illustrated in a delightfully romantic folkloric style.

White flowers on a brilliant orange page block along all the edges.

Rockport Pride & Prejudice HB cover

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.

Tim Weaver What Remains sprayed edge

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
Phaidon 2015

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’.

phaidon where chefs eat sprayed edges

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.

Folio Society Dukes Children LE page edges


Half Bad by Sally Green
Puffin 2014

Fantasy set in modern-day Europe, mainly in Britain, where witches and humans (fains) live together.

First editions featured waxing and waning moon in silver sprayed on the pages edges.

sally green half wild sprayed edges

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.

James Herbert The Rats sprayed edges

Edgar Allan Poe’s Stories & Poems, Classics Reimagined by Edgar Allan Poe, illustrated by David Plunkert
Rockport 2014

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.

Rockport Poe Poems & Stories HB cover

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Classics Reimagined by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Olimpia Zagnoli
Rockport 2014

The children’s classic decorated with bold shapes and repeated patterns.

First printing hardbacks feature abstract shape decorations along gold page edges.

Rockport Wizard of Oz HB cover

Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Classics Reimagined by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Yann Legendre
Rockport 2014

Graphic version of Grimm’s most popular tales.

First print runs for the hardbacks have text along the edges of the page block.

Rockport's Grimm's Fairy Tales HB cover


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.

jo nesbo police sprayed page edges sm

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
Scribner 2001

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 (OOP)

Ink-spattered page edges on this irreverent schoolboy romp through British history.


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