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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 Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume IV

Roger Dixon

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the printing and publishing industries in nineteenth-century Belfast. The production of cheap paper and the development of the printing press from the hand-operated wooden type to steam powered metal presses allowed books to be produced in large quantities at relatively cheap prices. Several Belfast companies exploited these and other technological advances to start new printing and publishing businesses operating on a world-wide scale. These include Marcus Ward and Company, remembered chiefly today for the quality of their colour printing and for their superb illuminated addresses.

Keywords:   printing industry, publishing industry, book publication, Marcus Ward and Company

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