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


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.