Two Years in the French West Indies

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

Author: Lafcadio Hearn (Irish, naturalized Japanese 1850–1904)

Publisher: Harper & Brothers (American, New York)

Date: 1890

Medium: Green cloth covered boards with gold, orange and green decoration

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Bindings

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

Accession Number: 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."