Book cover for Marse Chan: A Tale Of Old Virginia, 1892
Designer: Alice C. Morse (American, 1863–1961); author: Thomas Nelson Page (American, 1853–1922); illustrator: William Thomas Smedley (American, 1858–1920); publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
Cream cloth covered boards with dark green and gold decoration; Overall 8 1/2 x 12 15/16 in. (21.6 x 32.8 cm), front cover 8 1/2 x 6 in. (21.6 x 15.3 cm), front cover and spine 8 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. (21.6 x 17.4 cm)
Gift of Alice C. Morse, 1923, transferred from the Library (56.522.79)
This design in the Art Nouveau style is bound in warm-white plain-weave cloth stamped in brown and gold. Marse Chan is probably the first volume of a four-title set of Page's works. All are bound with a similar layout, using different motifs; none have stamping on the spines. The other, later titles are Meh Lady: A Story of War, 1894; Polly: A Christmas Recollection, 1894; and Unc' Edinburg: A Plantation Echo, 1895. These have not been attributed to Morse. The Museum's cover is a publisher's production case, inscribed "Alice C Morse | Morse 17."