The Poetical Works of Lord Byron. With Explanatory Notes and a Life of the Author, By Thomas Moore. Illustrated with numerous fine steel engravings embracing the principle female characters, landscape and historical subjects. Complete in one volume with a copious general index. New York: Johnson, Fry and Company, 1867.

1. Title page

2. “Thou art not false, but thou art fickle”

3. “Leila”

4. “Gulnare”

5. “Medora”

6. “Angiolina”

7. “Olympia”

8. “Haidee”

Maxfield Parrish: "Gulnare of the Sea"

This illustration is one of a suite prepared by Parrish to accompany The Arabian Nights (1909) edited by Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora S Smith and is associated with ‘The Story of Gulnare of the Sea’ and in particular, with the following text: “And she proceeded to burn perfume and repeat spells until the sea foamed and was agitated”.

The Arabian Nights (1909) - published by Charles Scribner’s Sons (New York) - was first edition of these classic tales to be illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. The suite of Parrish’s illustrations published therein included 13 color designs, in addition to those for the Title and End Pages.

Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was among the leading artists associated with what is known as the Golden Age of Illustration and contributed significantly to shaping the future of American visual arts throughout his more than 50 year career.

Below, we show a vintage photograph of Parrish.

Parrish’s work is characterized by an attention to detail, composition and texture - whether in his monotone work or in his more recognizable, luminous colour illustrations. Those titles including illustrated by Parrish exclusively in colour include Poems of Childhood, The Arabian Nights, A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales, The Golden Treasury of Songs and Lyrics and Knave of Hearts.

Parrish’s illustrations for The Arabian Nights (1909) are absolutely stunning and bring his own interpretation to the classic tales from the East.

Below, we show detail from this illustration.

For more information on Maxfield Parrish, to see more of his art and to shop for Posters and Greeting Cards, we invite you to peruse our Maxfield Parrish Collection - and to purchase our latest publication, visit our “Coloring the Ages” page. Below, we show one of the illustrations in Volume One of “Coloring the Ages”.


Dumb inbreds do dumb inbred things at dumb inbred church by banning interracial marriages.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A tiny all-white Appalachian church in rural Kentucky has voted to ban interracial couples from joining its flock, pitting members against each other in an argument over race.

Me: Thanks for letting me know it was tiny and all-white, but I could have guessed that one just by the “banned interracial marriages” headline.

Members at the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church voted Sunday on the resolution, which says the church “does not condone interracial marriage.”

Me: Are they sure it was a vote?  Because raising your hands and saying “aye” and raising to go “heil” is really just a matter of the angle you have your arm at. 

The church member who crafted the resolution, Melvin Thompson, said he is not racist and called the matter an “internal affair.”

Yes, you are a racist and it’s no longer internal.

“I am not racist. I will tell you that.“

Me: I can tell you I’m not a mammal, that doesn’t make it right.  I can tell you I’m a unicorn, that also doesn’t make it right.  

When stupid people tell you things that are contradicted by fact, you can simply go: "You are dumb.  And you are wrong.”

“I am not prejudiced against any race of people, have never in my lifetime spoke evil about a race,” said Thompson, the church’s former pastor who stepped down earlier this year. “That’s what this is being portrayed as, but it is not.”

Me: Yes it is.  Go take a Sharpee and write "Bigot” on your mirror, just to remind yourself of what you are every time you wake up in the morning and look at your sad, sad face.

Church secretary Dean Harville disagrees: He says the resolution came after his daughter visited the church this summer with her boyfriend from Africa.

 Stella Harville and Ticha Chikuni — now her fiancé — visited the church in June and Chikuni sang a song for the congregation. The two had visited the church before.

The vote by members last Sunday was 9-6, Harville said. It was taken after the service, which about 35 to 40 people attended. Harville said many people left or declined to vote.

Me: Well, I salute the six.  Good for you.

Still, if twenty to twenty five people chose to do nothing, they share culpability.  

The resolution says anyone is welcome to attend services, but interracial couples could not become members or be “used in worship services or other church functions.”

Me: “Oh, we’ll take your money…”

Stella Harville, a 24-year-old graduate student at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, called the vote “hurtful.”

“I think part of me is still in shock and trying to process what’s been going on the past few days,” she said. “I really hope they overturn this.”

Me: So does every person with opposable thumbs.

The church’s pastor, Stacy Stepp, said Wednesday that he was against the resolution. Stepp said the denomination’s regional conference will begin working on resolving the issue this weekend.

Then Stacy Stepp should quit.  This is a flock that doesn’t need a leader, it needs to be disbanded and absorbed into a different church where one poisonous bigot can’t change the course of an entire congregation, regardless of how small it is.

Or, Stacy can tell nine people to take a hike and hold another vote.

In the meantime, let me just add: Melvin Thomas is jerk and if I could key-scratch every one of his Hee-Haw DVD’s, I would.  

Seriously, what year is this?