Mary Anne Dean

DEAN, Mary Anne (1785-1860) — London

Printer, bookseller, publisher and lithographer. Produced — as “Dean & Munday” — a map of the coast of Syria by Edward Smith 1842; Map of the parish of Hackney, surveyed by John Rocque, 1745 for W. H. Robinson, “The history and antiquities of the parish of Hackney” 1842; a later edition by “Dean & Co.” is titled Map of the parish of Hackney, before its division into district parishes. Also produced a wide variety of work, including music, etc., but the firm was best known for its children’s books, often illustrated with maps, e.g. Julia Corner’s histories of various countries.

Mary Anne Bailey was born in London 27 Feb 1785 and baptised 27 Mar 1785 at St. Helen Bishopsgate, the daughter of the printer William Bailey (1743-1794) and his wife Susan (Susanna), née Hawes (1742-1810). On her father’s death in 1794, her mother took over the running of the business. When her mother died in 1810, her will left this long-established family printing business specifically to her two daughters, “for their own sole use and benefit absolutely not to be subject of countrol of any present or future husbands”. The daughters were by now both married to former apprentices of the business: Mary Anne had married Thomas Dean at St. Matthew Bethnal Green, on 6 Dec 1804, while Anna Maria Bailey had married Thomas Munday in 1805. Although the terms of the will appear not to have been wholly observed, Mary Ann Dean and Anna Maria Munday remained at least nominally the principals in the business, which had become “Dean & Munday”, until the partnership was formally dissolved by their husbands on 25 Dec 1840. The business subsequently became “Thomas Dean & Co.” and “Thomas Dean & Son”. After her husband’s death she retired to Brixton, where she died 30 Mar 1860. Her effects were stated at under £8,000.

35 Threadneedle Street — 1811-1851
— and 40 Threadneedle Street — 1832-1851
Clifton Lodge, Brixton Hill — 1856-1860

BBTI. BM. Brown. Census 1851. COPAC. Hannas. Humphries & Smith. Todd. Tooley. Twyman. Wakeman & Bridson. Whitehouse.