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The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Winchester, Simon
Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0198607024
ISBN 13: 9780198607021

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The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Winchester, Simon      
ISBN: 0198607024
Oxford Univ Pr Cary, North Carolina, U.S.A. 2003 First Edition 8vo Hardcover with Dustjacket 260 pp.  Fine/Fine
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The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Winchester, Simon.      
ISBN: 0198607024
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. 
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The Meaning of Everything; The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Winchester, Simon, Various.     
ISBN: 0198607024
Oxford University Press, Oxford, Britain, 2003. First Edition  Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Various. First Edition. 700 g; XXVI, 262 pages, with bibliography and further reading list, and index. Illustrated with facsimiles of documents and artworks, and reproductions of black-and-white photographs. The end pages are a street map centred on Clarendon Or University Press, and the dust jacket is illustrated with a photograph. This is the story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. It traces the origins of the English language and the 1st attempt to catalogue it, the growing desire for an all-inclusive dictionary, through to the triumphant publication of the 1st edition of the dictionary in 1928 and beyond. there is no damage to describe, the book has been protected since original purchase, and still has the bookseller's price sticker on the rear panel. There are no annotations. No damage. Full number line. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Various. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Books on Books; ISBN: 0198607024. ISBN/EAN: 9780198607021. Inventory No: 0278287. Very Good Condition
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The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Winchester, Simon,      
ISBN: 9780198607021
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2003. First Edition  Hardcover Hardcover. As New/Fine. First Edition. First Impression. Size: 8vo Octavo (standard book size). 260 pages. This book is available and will be shipped within two business days. All items are tracked and details are available on request. . With his usual winning blend of scholarship and accessible, skillfully paced narrative, Winchester (Krakatoa) returns to the subject of his first bestseller, The Professor and the Madman, to tell the eventful, personality-filled history of the definitive English dictionary. He emphasizes that the OED project began in 1857 as an attempt to correct the deficiencies of existing dictionaries, such as Dr. Samuel Johnson's. Winchester opens with an entertaining and informative examination of the development of the English language and pre-OED efforts. The originators of the OED thought the project would take perhaps a decade; it actually took 71 years, and Winchester explores why. An early editor, Frederick Furnivall, was completely disorganized (one sack of paperwork he shipped to his successor, James Murray, contained a family of mice). Murray in turn faced obstacles from Oxford University Press, which initially wanted to cut costs at the expense of quality. Winchester stresses the immensity and difficulties of the project, which required hundreds of volunteer readers and assistants (including J.R.R. Tolkien) to create and organize millions of documents: the word bondmaid was left out of the first edition because its paperwork was lost. Winchester successfully brings readers inside the day-to-day operations of the massive project and shows us the unrelenting passion of people such as Murray and his overworked, underpaid staff who, in the end, succeeded magnificently. Winchester's book will be required reading for word mavens and anyone interested in the history of our marvelous, ever-changing language. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: History; Britain/UK; ISBN: 0198607024. ISBN/EAN: 9780198607021. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 5753. As New
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