The Majesty of Man: A Novel

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

Author: Louie Alien Baker, known as Alien (New Zealander, Aston, Warwickshire 1858–1926)

Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Co.

Date: 1896

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

Dimensions: 7 5/8 × 11 9/16 in. (19.4 × 29.4 cm)
Other: 7 5/8 × 4 15/16 in. (19.4 × 12.6 cm)
Other: 7 5/8 × 6 9/16 in. (19.4 × 16.7 cm)

Classification: Bindings

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

Accession Number: 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."