Annabel Ralphs UK
I am interested in the relationship between exactness, imposed measure and approximation.
My bookmarks are inspired by The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester, which tells
the story of Dr Minor who, although confined to Broadmoor, travelled freely through his personal
book collection and contributed to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary.
The Oxford University Press very kindly gave me access to their archives for the OED, in particular
some of the amazingly rich and detailed correspondence between Dr Minor and James Murray
who, over several decades, directed the Dictionary project from an early stage to near-completion
of the first edition. The images on the front of my bookmarks are from the original stacks of
correspondence and special slips on which Dr Minor transcribed many examples of word usage
in his minute handwriting. These scruffy bundles tied with string are evidence of the unusual
relationship between the two men, from which came a vital contribution to a highly ordered and
structured reference book.
100 Bookmarks VII, 10 sets of 10. Recycled Paper/Epson Ink Jet.