Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Old Scriptorium

Sir James Murray, the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, in the Old Scriptorium during the compilation of the first edition, some time around 1900

image from Paper Cuts
first seen at Maud Newton


airport_whiskey said...

Reading "The Professor and the Madman" I imagined something like this, but it had less beard.

John M. said...

I have that book in my queue.

It is a magnificent bookworm beard!

airport_whiskey said...

It's a great book, very much worth a read if only for the excellent "dictionary words" the author uses, for obvious reasons. Even better, the vocabulary is not used in the, I find, rather obnoxious style of Will Self who seems to sleep with a thesaurus under his pillow.