Saturday, January 22, 2011
Posted by ckboss at 5:23 PM
ANGEL ISLAND SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Known as the "Ellis Island of the West," Angel Island processed millions of immigrants between 1910 – 1940. Most of these immigrants were Asian, and were subjected to medical exams, interrogations, and even extended internment in their search for a new life in a new land. Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, millions of people - in numbers which have not been seen since - came to America in pursuit of a better, freer life. Immigrants from hundreds of countries were detained for days and in some cases years on Angel Island while trying to gain access to the United States.
A fore-edge painting is decoration painted on the edges of a book’s pages for beautification. The fore-edge of a book is the fourth edge - not the spine, the top, or the bottom edge, but the outside edge that a reader would use to thumb through the pages. Originally, this edge was only used for identification, to more easily spot a book when the edges faced outward.
Around the 16th century, an Italian artist named Cesare Vecellio (cousin of celebrated Renaissance painter Titian) began to use the fore-edge of books as a canvas, and took the opportunity to make books more beautiful. The first instances of decorative fore-edge paintings were applied outright on the edges of the leaves, easily visible to anyone who cared to look when the book was closed.
More info on Abe Books:
this link sent to me by my friend Linda Moore