089 The Bellman himself they all praised to the skies—
090 Such a carriage, such ease and such grace!
091 Such solemnity, too! One could see he was wise,
092 The moment one looked in his face!
093 He had bought a large map representing the sea,
094 Without the least vestige of land:
095 And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
096 A map they could all understand.
097 “What’s the good of Mercator’s North Poles and Equators,
098 Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?”
099 So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply
100 “They are merely conventional signs!
101 “Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
102 But we’ve got our brave Captain to thank:
103 (So the crew would protest) “that he’s bought us the best—
104 A perfect and absolute blank!”
105 This was charming, no doubt; but they shortly found out
106 That the Captain they trusted so well
107 Had only one notion for crossing the ocean,
108 And that was to tingle his bell.
Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (1876) has been published “with nine illustrations by Henry Holiday”. But there are ten illustrations. One possible explanation: The Ocean-Chart (aka the Bellman’s map) has not been made by Henry Holiday and Joseph Swain. The map is a typographical illustration. In the Knight Letter #87, Doug Howick assumes that Lewis Carroll arranged this chart.