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Snark Back Cover

273    The Boots and the Broker were sharpening a spade--

274        Each working the grindstone in turn:

275    But the Beaver went on making lace, and displayed

276        No interest in the concern:

 

277    Though the Barrister tried to appeal to its pride,

278        And vainly proceeded to cite

279    A number of cases, in which making laces

280        Had been proved an infringement of right.

 

421    But the Barrister, weary of proving in vain

422        That the Beaver's lace-making was wrong,

423    Fell asleep, and in dreams saw the creature quite plain

424        That his fancy had dwelt on so long.

 

From Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark.

 

The back cover illustration by Henry Holiday (scanned with 600 dpi from one of the 1876 editions of Carroll's poem) depicts the lace making Beaver. Vectorized versions are available in PDF and SVG.

 

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Taken on January 9, 2011