House and Hearth

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

Author: Harriet Prescott Spofford (American, Calais, Maine 1835–1921 Amesbury, Massachusetts)

Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Co.

Date: 1891

Medium: Beige cloth covered boards with light and dark brown and gold decoration

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Bindings

Credit Line: Gift of Alice C. Morse, 1923, Transferred from the Library, 1956

Accession Number: 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."