the idea of nothingness

“What’s the good of Mercator’s North Poles and Equators,
 Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?”
So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply
 “They are merely conventional signs!
“Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
 But we’ve got our brave Captain to thank:
(So the crew would protest) “that he’s bought usthe best —
 A perfect and absolute blank!”

"The Hunting of the Snark"

An Agony in Eight Fits

Lewis Carroll

illustration Henry Holiday

1 comment:

  1. As for the "Snark", Holiday made 9 out of 10 illustrations - plus two illustrations for the front cover and the back cover. The map probably has been made by a typesetter. -- Best regards, Götz