Marse Chan: a Tale of Old Virginia

Designer Alice Cordelia Morse American
Author Thomas Nelson Page American
Publisher Charles Scribner's Sons 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. This example is bound in warm-white plain-weave cloth stamped in brown and gold and uses Art Nouveau ornament. "Marse Chan" comes from a four-title set of works written by Thomas Nelson Page, none of which include stamping on the spine.

Marse Chan: a Tale of Old Virginia, Alice Cordelia Morse (American, Ohio 1863–1961), Cream cloth covered boards with dark green 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.