Book cover for California and Alaska, and Over the Canadian Pacific Railway, 1890
Designer: Alice C. Morse (American, 1863–1961); author: William Seward Webb (American, 1851–1926); publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York and London
Dark brown leather over boards with gold stamping; Overall 11 5/16 x 18 9/16 in. (28.7 x 47.2 cm), front cover 11 5/16 x 7 15/16 in. (28.7 x 20.2 cm), front cover and spine 11 5/16 x 10 9/16 in. (28.7 x 26.8 cm)
Gift of Alice C. Morse, 1923, transferred from the Library (56.522.104)
California and Alaska is bound in a dark brown full morocco binding, gold and blind-stamped in the style of a sixteenth-century fanfare binding. It is an example of a deluxe gift book which, in this binding, was produced in only 500 copies. It is by far the most expensive book that Morse is known to have designed, and was sold on publication for the high price of $25. The Museum's cover is a publisher's production case, inscribed "Alice C Morse."