Book cover for Seth's Brother's Wife: A Study of Life in the Greater New York, 1887
Designer: Alice C. Morse (American, 1863–1961); author: Harold Frederic (Anglo–American, 1856–1898); publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
Gold cloth over boards with brown and gold decoration; Overall 7 11/16 x 11 3/4 in. (19.6 x 29.9 cm), front cover 7 11/16 x 4 15/16 in. (19.6 x 12.5 cm), front cover and spine 7 11/16 x 6 3/4 in. (19.6 x 17.1 cm)
Gift of Alice C. Morse, 1923, transferred from the Library (56.522.74)
This is the first book cover designed by Alice C. Morse. It is bound in gold diagonal-rib reversed cloth, with gold, brown, and blind stamping, in a design inspired by Renaissance ornament. The cover was issued in two binding variants: in issue A, the author's name is flanked by ornamental hollow dots; in issue B, the author's name is not flanked by ornamental hollow dots. The Museum's cover, inscribed "Alice C Morse," is in the style of issue A. It is a book cover with the text block removed.