Marse Chan: a Tale of Old Virginia

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

Author: Thomas Nelson Page (American, 1853–1922)

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY)

Date: 1892

Medium: Cream cloth covered boards with dark green and gold decoration

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Bindings

Credit Line: Gift of Alice C. Morse, 1923, Transferred from the Library, 1956

Accession Number: 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."