Tales of Two Countries

Designer Alice Cordelia Morse American
Author Alexander Lange Kielland Norwegian
Publisher Harper & Brothers American

Not on view

A leading New York book-cover designer in the late nineteenth century, Morse studied at the Woman’s Art School of the Cooper Union, then under John La Farge before working for Louis C. Tiffany as a painter and designer of stained glass. In 1887 she began to concentrate on book-covers, fufilling eighty-three commissions for New York commercial publishers by 1905. Complementing the text, she chose imagery ranging from classical, to Renaissance, Celtic, Arabic, Gothic, Rococo, Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau. Morse first designed this cover for Harper's, the first title by Guy de Maupassant in "The Odd Number series," published between 1889 and 1899. All are bound in dark blue plain-weave cloth with silver and gold stamping.

Tales of Two Countries, Alice Cordelia Morse (American, Ohio 1863–1961), Dark blue cloth covered boards with silver and gold decoration

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.