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The Wrecker

Designer:
Alice Cordelia Morse (American, Ohio 1863–1961)
Author:
Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish, Edinburgh 1850–1894 Upolu, Samoa)
Author:
Lloyd Osborne (American, 1868–1947)
Publisher:
Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY)
Date:
1892
Medium:
Light rust cloth covered boards with dark and light green and gold decoration
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Bindings
Credit Line:
Gift of Alice C. Morse, 1923, Transferred from the Library, 1956
Accession Number:
56.522.67
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."
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