Book cover for Two Years in the French West Indies, 1890
Designer: Alice C. Morse (American, 1863–1961); author: Lafcadio Hearn (Greek, 1850–1904); publisher: Harper & Brothers, New York
Green cloth covered boards with gold, orange and green decoration; Overall 7 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. (19.1 x 29.6 cm), front cover 7 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (19.1 x 12.1 cm), front cover and spine 7 1/2 x 6 13/16 in. (19.1 x 17.3 cm)
Gift of Alice C. Morse, 1923, transferred from the Library (56.522.52)
This commercial book-cover design, inspired by a French strapwork binding of the sixteenth century, is covered in olive green diagonal-rib cloth, stamped in orange, gold, and three tones of green. The Museum's cover is a publisher's production case, inscribed "Alice C Morse / Morse 15."