linen coverings with their varied textured weaves.
Wikipedia " There are two basic forms, including paintings on edges that have been fanned and edges that are closed; thus with the first instance a book edge must be fanned to see the painting and in the second the painting is on the closed edge itself and thus should not be fanned. A fanned painting is one that is not visible when the book is closed".
This quotation by Jerrold is printed in the front of each book:
'A blessed companion is a book'This set is an entire friendship circle !