The Wrecker

Various artists/makers

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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 from a range of imagery, here creating grotesque ornament including intertwined dolphins and plants. The cover is bound in light rust diagonal-rib reversed cloth, stamped in light and dark green.

The Wrecker, Alice Cordelia Morse (American, Ohio 1863–1961), Light rust cloth covered boards with dark and light green and gold decoration

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