Tales of Two Countries

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

Author: Alexander Lange Kielland (Norwegian, 1849–1906)

Publisher: Harper & Brothers (American, New York)

Date: 1891

Medium: Dark blue cloth covered boards with silver and gold decoration

Dimensions: Overall: 7 × 10 3/16 in. (17.8 × 25.9 cm)
Front cover: 7 × 4 7/16 in. (17.8 × 11.2 cm)
Front cover and spine: 7 × 5 13/16 in. (17.8 × 14.7 cm)

Classification: Bindings

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

Accession Number: 56.522.62


The cover of the Odd Number Series was the first designed by Morse for Harper's. The first title in the series, The Odd Number, by Guy de Maupassant, was published in 1889. At its conclusion, the series included at least fourteen titles, published from 1889 to about 1899. All titles are bound in dark blue plain-weave cloth with silver and gold stamping. Three volumes of the series, Pastels in Prose, Coppée's Tales, and The Odd Number, were additionally issued in a boxed set, bound in white cloth with gold stamping. These volumes have gold top edges and decorative endleaves. The Museum's book cover is a publisher's production case, inscribed "[7] Morse / Alice C. Morse."