The Chatelaine of La Trinité

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

Author: Henry Blake Fuller (American, 1857–1929)

Publisher: The Century Company

Date: 1892

Medium: Gray-green cloth covered boards with orange, silver and gold decoration

Dimensions: Overall: 7 7/8 x 11 3/8 in. (20 x 28.9 cm)
Front cover: 7 7/8 x 5 1/8 in. (20 x 13 cm)
Front cover and spine: 7 7/8 x 6 5/16 in. (20 x 16 cm)

Classification: Bindings

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

Accession Number: 56.522.72


This commercial book cover is bound in gray-green plain-weave cloth, designed with a large cartouche in a floral motif, with orange, silver, and blind stamping. In an interview with Alice Morse by Gilson Willets (Art Interchange, 1894), the designer states that as this book was a tale of travel dealing largely with the Tyrol, for inspiration she used a Tyrolean belt (creating the look of a leatherwork object) and the edelweiss, the national flower of Austria. 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 cover is a publisher's production case, inscribed "Alice C Morse."