No points to the designers for originality, but it does seem like the quintessential image for a certain sort of nineteenth-century attitude.
Recently Oxford University Press was having another sale so I bought a pile of books from the Oxford World's Classics series, even though I've barely made a dent in the previous piles I bought at their previous sales (hence: tsundoku). I noticed that the backs of most of the books had big pull-quotes in red, and looking through them I felt they were a found poem:
Being persuaded that no woman was chaste, he resolved, in order to prevent the disloyalty of such as he should afterwards marry, to wed one every night, and have her strangled the next morning.
At least their lives would remain a protest against those brute forces of society which fill with wreck the abysses of the nether world.
These hours of solitude and meditation are the only time of the day when I am completely myself.
I am not a man, I am dynamite.
Arms and the man I sing of Troy. . .
His rise testifies to the decline of a whole society.
The nearest the general run get to art is Action: sex is their form of art: the battle for existence is their picture.
Read! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful one who taught by the pen, who taught man what he did not know.
For a wondrous power ordains that I shall walk hand-in-hand with my strange heroes for a long time yet, viewing the broad sweep and rapid flow of life, viewing it through the laughter that the world sees and the tears that it neither sees nor suspects.