Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish, Edinburgh 1850–1894 Upolu, Samoa)
Lloyd Osborne (American, 1868–1947)
Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY)
Light rust cloth covered boards with dark and light green and gold decoration
Overall: 7 7/16 x 11 1/16 in. (18.9 x 28.1 cm)
Front cover: 7 7/16 x 4 3/4 in. (18.9 x 12 cm)
Front cover and spine: 7 7/16 x 6 1/4 in. (18.9 x 15.9 cm)
Gift of Alice C. Morse, 1923, Transferred from the Library, 1956
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 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.
Inscription: "Alice C Morse / Morse 26 / 1024 Scranton St / Scranton Pa."