Powell, Stephen

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The Post Office, or, the Old Post Office, Printing House, Fishamble Street, 1697–98
The back of Dick's Coffee House, Skinner Row, 1698–1700
The Printing Press, or, the Printing House, over against the Crown Tavern, or, formerly the Crown Tavern, or, the Crown, Fishamble Street, 1703–11
The Printing Press, Copper Alley, 1714–22


Father of Samuel Powell.

From 1697 to 1698 he was in a loose partnership with John Brent and John Brocas, publishing William Barton's Psalms with music, some of the first music printing in Ireland.

Munter asserts that Stephen was succeeded in business by his son Sylvester but Dix states (citing the Registry of Deeds) that Stephen left his widow Deborah all his "goods, chattels, &c." in his will; Deborah assigned them to Edward Bate, who in 1831 assigned them to Samuel Powell (Stephen's son and Edward's brother-in-law).

[Note: Berry erroneously gives Sam. Powell instead of Stephen Powell at the Printing Press, Copper Alley (Fishamble Street) in 1717.]

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  • The Psalms of David in Metre. Newly translated With Amendments by William Barton M.A. And Sett to the best Psalm-Tunes In Two Parts, viz Treble and Bass; With Brief Instructions for the under standing of the same; together with a Table of the Psalms, and Names of the Tunes to each Psalm. by Thomas Smith. The Basses, with the Table, are placed at the latter end of the Book. To God with understanding Praises sing, For over all the Earth he is the King. Dublin Printed by J. Brent and S. Powell, at the Back of Dick's Coffee-House in Skinner-Row, and are to be Sold by Peter Lawrence at his Shop in Bridge-street, near the Old Bridge, [c. 1698] (EBBO)
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