Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada

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

Author: Washington Irving (American, New York 1783–1859 Sleepy Hollow, New York)

Publisher: Putnam (New York, NY)

Date: 1893

Medium: Cream cloth covered boards with gold decoration

Dimensions: Overall: 8 7/8 x 14 3/16 in. (22.6 x 36 cm)
Front cover: 8 7/8 x 5 7/8 in. (22.6 x 15 cm)
Front cover and spine: 8 7/8 x 8 1/4 in. (22.6 x 21 cm)

Classification: Bindings

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

Accession Number: 56.522.55


Morse designed The Conquest of Granada using a mixture of Arts and Crafts, Arabic, Moorish, and Persian ornament. The cover is bound in white plain-weave cloth, stamped in green, pink, and gold. This book and its companion publication, The Alhambra, also by Irving, are two of the most elaborately produced gift books designed by Morse. Both volumes have illustrated endleaves and ornamental page borders that were possibly designed by Morse. An example of this book cover was included in Morse's exhibit in the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago, 1893). The Museum's book cover is a publisher's production or proof case, inscribed "Alice C Morse."