Winchester, Simon.: The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Book Number: 17014
Oxford University Press (OUP) Oxford 2003 Hardback octavo, dustjacket, very good plus condition (in very good plus dustjacket), full-page black & white text-photos, minimal edgewear. 260 pp. An entertaining history of the world's greatest dictionary, originally published in 1928. This fast-paced narrative provides lively portraits of the eccentric key figures, such as the brilliant but tubercular first editor Herbert Coleridge (grandson of the poet), the colourful, boisterous Frederick Furnivall (who left the project in a shambles), and James Augustus Henry Murray, who spent a half-century bringing the project to fruition. Winchester also lovingly describes the tedious nuts-and-bolts work of dictionary making.