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The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume IVThe Irish Book in English, 1800-1891$
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James H. Murphy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198187318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780198187318.001.0001

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The Webb Family and Quaker Printing

The Webb Family and Quaker Printing

(p.122) 10 The Webb Family and Quaker Printing
The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume IV

Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the Webb family, the chief Quaker printers in Dublin from 1828 to 1890. The Webbs remained in business for over sixty years. There were several reason for this: they had the support and business of the Quaker community; they printed a diverse range of literature including recession-proof business ephemera; and they relied on flexible contract labour which saved on wages when business was slow. Aside from their business longevity, the Webbs were also exceptional in their decision to leave three volumes of their business records with the National Library of Ireland. These would provide one of the most comprehensive sources on a nineteenth-century Irish printing business and reveal a great deal about the Webbs’ business.

Keywords:   Quaker printers, printing industry, publishing industry, book publishing, Dublin, casual labour

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