Sam Winston

A Dictionary Story

Sam Winston

A Dictionary Story



Edition Size



Offset print


170gsm Storafine paper


Cloth case


Artist Book


13.8 × 5.1 in


Circle Press

$ 1,800.00


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Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla

Boston Athenaeum

Dartmouth College, Rauner Library

Florida Atlantic University (FAU), The Jaffe Book Arts Collection

Library of Congress (LoC)

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Kunstbibliothek

Toledo Museum of Art

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Southern California (USC)

University of Vermont

University of Virginia (UVA)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Wesleyan University, Olin Library

‘With A Dictionary Story I was exploring the idea of ‘reading environments’ and what happens when you become ‘lost’ inside a book. I wanted to see what would happen if words could take on their own meaning without the help of the reader. My work often focuses on how we use language—from the order we read words to the shape the pages take. I look at existing books—such as Dictionaries, timetables, and children stories—and see if I can make new narratives from them.’
– Sam Winston

Winston’s typographic stories became widely collectible after he started selling them through London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. His artists’ projects can now be found in many special collections in the UK and the US, including MoMA New York, the Tate Galleries London, and Victoria & Albert Museum. He has written for Baseline magazine and worked on various commissions.

24pp concertina set in Times Roman and printed offset litho on 170gsm Storafine paper in white cloth cover with olive-green cloth slipcase, 35 x 13cms. The edition is limited to 100 signed copies. Circle Press, London, 2005