Strolls by Starlight and Sunshine

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

Author: Written by William Hamilton Gibson (American, Newton, Connecticut 1850–1896 Washington, Connecticut)

Publisher: Published by Harper & Brothers (American, New York)

Date: 1891

Medium: Green cloth over boards with gold decoration

Dimensions: Overall: 10 1/16 x 15 1/16 in. (25.6 x 38.3 cm)
Front cover: 10 1/16 x 6 13/16 in. (25.6 x 17.3 cm)
Front cover and spine: 10 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (25.6 x 21 cm)

Classification: Bindings

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

Accession Number: 56.522.98


A leading New York book-cover designer in the late nineteenth century, Morse studied at the Woman’s Art School of the Cooper Union, then under John La Farge before working for Louis C. Tiffany as a painter and designer of stained glass. In 1887 she began to concentrate on book-covers, fufilling eighty-three commissions for New York commercial publishers by 1905. Complementing the text, she chose imagery ranging from classical, to Renaissance, Celtic, Arabic, Gothic, Rococo, Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau. This example is bound in green diagonal-rib cloth, gold-stamped with a linear Art Nouveau style design of intertwined naturalistic cornflowers.