Spencer, Webber gained a reputation for her care in selecting stock and advising customers.
Webber, Margareta Louise (1891–1983)
Insisting that 'books must have atmosphere', she furnished her shop with elegant antiques, rugs, pottery and prints, and took pride in providing comfort for her customers. While most bookshops at that time sold stationery and often ran lending libraries, she stocked only books.
Her stock featured poetry, private presses, psychology, philosophy, cooking and gardening. Emphasising her 'secret' of 'specialising', she was featured in the December edition of The Modern Store.
Biography - Margareta Louise Webber - Australian Dictionary of Biography
In she travelled to London, establishing personal contact with major publishers and enabling her to become one of the first Melbourne sellers to stock titles from the Hogarth Press and the Penguin series. Energetic, charming, shrewd and dedicated in business, Webber employed only women, believing they made the best booksellers. Webber sold her business in She had been a vice-president of the Victorian branch of the Australian Booksellers Association, and treasurer of the Lyceum Club.
Her friend and companion of fifty years was Dr Jean Littlejohn, with whom she had founded the Soroptimist Club of Melbourne in His research interests include etymology, the history of the English language and of the English lexicon, language contact, medieval multilingualism, and approaches to historical lexicography. Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase.
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