They Lost Their Heads

Saul: Body despoiled
Four headless bodies, with bound hands, hang from gallows. Crown on ground below them. Scene in landscape setting.
Saul: Body despoiled
Four soldiers, wearing armor, hold sticks, upon which are heads of Saul and his three sons, all wearing crowns. Scene in landscape setting.

Details from Book of Hours, France, ca. 1500, The Morgan Library & Museum.

Poe’s “The Raven” Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Weeks before his death in January 1883, Gustave Doré completed a set of illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” They were prepared for publication as a Christmas book gift available by October of that year. A copy of the book cost $10 at the time, which is equivalent to $244 today. It sold well and received critical praise. Following are some select images from the edition from the Graphic Arts Collection of the Fireside Library at Princeton University (see full post at