Book cover for The Majesty of Man: A Novel, 1896
Designer: Alice C. Morse (American, 1863–1961); author: "Alien" [Mrs. L. A. Baker]; publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York
Pale green cloth covered boards with dark green and gold decoration; Overall 7 9/16 x 11 9/16 in. (19.2 x 29.3 cm), front cover 7 9/16 x 4 15/16 in. (19.2 x 12.5 cm), front cover and spine 7 9/16 x 6 1/2 in. (19.2 x 16.5 cm)
Gift of Alice C. Morse, 1923, transferred from the Library (56.522.95)
This is one of Morse's most dramatic covers in the Art Nouveau style. It is most probably one of her earliest signed bindings, as indicated by her way of signing the design with the two separate initials AM. Other books published in the same year feature a stylized monogram, a conjoined AM, a device commonly seen on her covers from 1896 through 1903. The Museum's cover is a book cover, where the text block has been removed; it is inscribed "Alice C Morse."