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fore edge

  1. the front outer edge of a book, opposite the bound edge.
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Origin of fore edge

First recorded in 1655–65
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Historical Examples of fore-edge

  • When the fore-edge of both boards has been turned in, the head and tail must also be turned in.

    Bookbinding, and the Care of Books

    Douglas Cockerell

  • After the fore-edge is gilt the same operation is repeated at the head and tail.

  • The head or top of a book, in contradistinction to fore-edge or tail.

  • The top and bottom edges must be turned in before the fore-edge.

  • The rounding of the fore-edge should be equal to one-third of a circle.

British Dictionary definitions for fore-edge


  1. the outer edge of the pages of a book
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