Book cover for House and Hearth, 1891
Designer: Alice C. Morse (American, 1863–1961); author: Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford (American, 1835–1921); publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York
Beige cloth covered boards with light and dark brown and gold decoration; Overall 6 3/8 x 9 3/16 in. (16.2 x 23.4 cm), front cover 6 3/8 x 4 in. (16.2 x 10.1 cm), front cover and spine 6 3/8 x 5 1/4 in. (16.2 x 13.4 cm)
Gift of Alice C. Morse, 1923, transferred from the Library (56.522.50)
For this woman's guidebook on home-making and house-keeping, Morse chose to design in the Art Nouveau style, using a wreath-and-laurel motif, signifying the honor and accomplishments to which so many women aspired in the late nineteenth century. The book cover is bound in straw-colored, diagonal-rib reversed cloth; the front cover is stamped with a full-cover design in brown, peach, and gold. The Museum's cover is a publisher's production case, inscribed "Alice C Morse / 21 Morse."