Raised in Brooklyn, Alice Morse trained as a designer at the Woman's Art School at Cooper Union, studied with John La Farge, and worked with Louis Tiffany, working anonymously to design and produce many of the most impressive leaded-glass windows, mosaics, and small luxury goods that Louis Comfort Tiffany's firm sold during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
She left the firm in 1889 and it was during this time that she began designing the book covers, or publisher's bookbindings. As Morse later explained, the shift from stained-glass to book -cover design was not as unlikely as it might at first seem. "All the applied arts are more or less alike," she one said, "but I think book-covers rese
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