Seth's Brother's Wife: A Study of Life in the Greater New York

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

Author: Harold Frederic (American (active London), 1856–1898)

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY)

Date: 1887

Medium: Gold cloth over boards with brown and gold decoration

Dimensions: 7 11/16 × 11 3/4 in. (19.6 × 29.8 cm)
Other: 7 11/16 x 4 15/16 in. (19.6 x 12.5 cm)
Other: 7 11/16 x 6 3/4 in. (19.6 x 17.1 cm)

Classification: Bindings

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

Accession Number: 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.