Mid-day-Magic and The Fair Abigail, from At the Ghost Hour Series

Designer: Alice Cordelia Morse (American, Ohio 1863–1961)

Author: Paul Heyse (German, 1830–1914)

Translator: Frances A. Van Santford (American, active 1894–1904)

Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Co.

Date: 1894

Medium: Illustrations: lithography, some color on title page

Dimensions: 5 5/16 x 3 3/8 x 3/8 in. (13.5 x 8.5 x 1 cm)

Classification: Books

Credit Line: Transferred from the Library, 1956

Accession Number: 56.522.103


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. She chose imagery ranging from classical, to Renaissance, Celtic, Arabic, Gothic, Rococo, Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau, and this design obscures the title and ornament beneath a semi-translucent layer of paper to complement the ghostly character of the related story.