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One of the fields we include in our records for publishing, printing, and bookselling businesses in the WPHP—our firm records—is for the addresses where they operated. Sometimes this is straightforward: one individual working at one location for the duration of their career. Other times, however, it is decidedly less so. There are booksellers running multiple shops at the same time, printers moving locations every year or two for fifteen years, publishers working with various combinations of partners and at various addresses over a number of months and years, and any number of other complex business and address relationships that our data struggles to capture.

Last fall, Kate worked with the WPHP address data for Dublin printer-publisher Alice Reilly—and the address data of the other printers, publishers, and booksellers she appeared in imprints with—to try and trace further material evidence of her labour. In theory, the project was simple and data-driven; in practice, it involved Kandice walking around Dublin filming a video and talking into her phone for an hour so Kate could see the streets she was studying, trying to establish where particular streets may have been located when the cityscape has shifted since the 1750s when Reilly was working, and ultimately had Kate thinking less about addresses and more about the embodiment of labour—Alice Reilly’s, Kandice’s, and her own.

In episode 3 of season 4 of The WPHP Monthly Mercury, “Address-ing Firms,” join Kate and Kandice as they reflect on the realities of trying to capture this address information, including the decisions that they made for this particular work in 2018 (or was it 2017?) before they really knew what they were doing, what working with the address data for a research project looks like, and a thrilling audio glimpse of Kandice’s Alice-Reilly Dublin walk. 


Produced by: Kate Moffatt and Kandice Sharren

Mixed and mastered by: Alexander Kennard

Music by: Ignatius Sancho, “Sweetest Bard”, A Collection of New Songs (1769) from, and played by Kandice Sharren.


The WPHP Monthly Mercury Episodes Referenced

Season 2, Episode 7: "The Business of Gossip"

Season 2, Episode 8: "Mary Hays, Mapped"


WPHP Records Referenced

William Sleater II [Dame Street] (firm)

Alice Reilly (person)

Alice Reilly [Cork Hill] (firm)

Alice Reilly [Temple Bar] (firm)

Henry Colburn [Conduit Street] (firm)

Henry Colburn [New Burlington Street] (firm)

Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley (firm)

Henry Colburn [Windsor] (firm)

Henry Colburn [Great Marlborough Street] (firm)

Richard Bentley (firm)

Mary Owen (firm)

Mary Owen (person)

Sarah Hyde (firm)

Sarah Hyde (person)


Works Cited

Fagan, Garrett. “ΠΛΑΤΩΝΟΣ ΕΠΤΑ ΕΚΛΕΚΤΟΙ ΔΙΑΛΟΓΟΙ, 1738: Dublin University’s First Greek Book.” Hermathena, No. 183, 2007, p. 101–35. JSTOR,

May, James E. “Elizabeth Sadleir, Master Printer and Publisher in Dublin, 1715–1727.” Paper, Ink, and Achievement, eds. Philip Smallwood et al., Rutgers University Press, 2020.

Smith, Helen. ‘Grossly Material Things’: Women and Book Production in early modern England. Oxford University Press, 2012. 


Further Reading

O’Riordan, Turlough. “Reilly, Alice.” Dictionary of Irish Biography, October 2009,

Pollard, Mary. “The Dublin Book Trade and the Home Market.” Dublin's Trade in Books 1550–1800: Lyell Lectures 1986–7 , Lyell Lectures in Bibliography, Oxford, 1990, p. 165–226. Oxford Academic,