Henry Holiday’s “Ocean-Chart” illustration for Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (1876)  

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Ocean-Chart[1] is the title of a typographic illustration to Lewis Carroll’s "The Hunting of the Snark".

The essentially blank map refers to a line of poetry ("a perfect and absolute blank!") from the "Fit the Second: The Bellman's Speech". This shows the Bellman's map, which, being blank, is equally useful everywhere, unlike normal maps:

"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 brought us the best--
A perfect and absolute blank!"

The legend to the map says: OCEAN-CHART. Latitude NORTH Equator South Pole Equinox EAST Zenith Longitude Nadir North Pole WEST Meridian Torrid Zone Scale of Miles.

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