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Published by The Folio Society, London, 2014. Hardcover. The book is in like new (excellent) condition with illustrated covers and text endpapers that are a facsimile of its early contributors. Slight marks to panels of slipcase. 


The book tells the story of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and one of its most prolific early contributors, William Chester Minor, a retired United States Army surgeon. Minor was, at the time, imprisoned in the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, near the village of Crowthorne, in Berkshire, England. 


It was first published in 1998. 

The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester

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