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Aileen Fyfe

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226276519

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226276540.001.0001

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A Modern Printing Establishment

A Modern Printing Establishment

(p.89) 7 A Modern Printing Establishment
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This chapter discusses W. & R. Chambers' printing and binding establishment. The Chambers became the owners of one of the largest and most technologically advanced printing works in Edinburgh. They were able to print the entire run of the Chambers's Journal in Edinburgh, and the London edition was discontinued. The Information for the People, the People's Editions, and the Educational Course were launched by the Chambers in the mid-1830s. As the manufacturing side of the business expanded, so did the editorial department. The Chambers' establishment had developed a widespread reputation for its size, its high level of mechanization, and its organization. It was the extensive, complete, and modern establishment that allowed the Chambers to survive the increased competition in the field of cheap literature and to centralize their British operations in Edinburgh.

Keywords:   printing and binding, Chambers, printing works, Edinburgh, Chambers's Journal, Information for People, People's Editions, Educational Course

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