California and Alaska and Over the Candian Pacific Railway

Designer: Alice Cordelia Morse (American, Ohio 1863–1961)

Author: William Seward Webb (American, 1851–1926)

Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons (New York and London)

Date: 1890

Medium: Dark brown leather over boards with gold stamping

Dimensions: Overall: 11 5/16 x 18 9/16 in. (28.7 x 47.2 cm)
Front cover: 11 5/16 x 7 15/16 in. (28.7 x 20.2 cm)
Front cover and spine: 11 5/16 x 10 9/16 in. (28.7 x 26.8 cm)

Classification: Bindings

Credit Line: Transferred from the Library, 1956

Accession Number: 56.522.104


California and Alaska is bound in a dark brown full morocco binding, gold and blind-stamped in the style of a sixteenth-century fanfare binding. It is an example of a deluxe gift book which, in this binding, was produced in only 500 copies. It is by far the most expensive book that Morse is known to have designed, and was sold on publication for the high price of $25. The Museum's cover is a publisher's production case, inscribed "Alice C Morse."