Anne Dodd

(c. 1685—1739) pamphlet shop keeper

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With her husband, Nathaniel (d. 1723), who was associated with radical papers such as Mist's Weekly Journal, Anne Dodd set up in business at the sign of the Peacock outside Temple Bar in 1711. There (according to the evidence of an employee) she was ‘a retailer of newspapers (see14) and pamphlets, commonly called a Mercury’, and also supplied street hawkers. Her name appears in the imprint of early editions of Pope's Dunciad, indicating only that the poem could be bought at her shop: not being a stationer, she could not publish, nor own copyright. She incurred frequent legal penalties (including imprisonment) for selling seditious matter. Yet her business was successful, and she provided handsomely for her children. As late as 1752, Fielding was impressed by the ‘vast and formidable host’ of her daughter's still-subversive stock.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

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