Secret Paintings Revealed on the Fore-Edge of Old Books in the University of Iowa

Charlotte Smith has donated a collection of images from the Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa of a series of fore-edge paintings depicting Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. A tradition date back from as early as the 1650s, fore-edge paintings showcase a beautiful surprise. To view more stunning photographs from the University of Iowa visit their Tumblr

I will get all the comfort and pleasure possible out of this day, and I will do something to add to the measure of the world’s happiness or well-being. I will control myself when tempted to be irritable or unhappy, I will look for the bright side of every event. “I shall be given help to meet anything that comes to-day. Everything will be for the best. I shall succeed in whatever I undertake. I cannot fail.“
—  Ella Wheeler Wilcox, The Heart of the New Thought