Ann Lea sometimes "Anne" (1661–1728) was a British lithographer, map and globe seller and publisher in London who prepared maps for several works including Christopher Saxton's The Traveller's Guide being the best map of the Kingdom of England and Principality of Wales (20 sheets) and Robert Morden's A new mapp of the West-Indies, or the islands of America 1702.[1][2]

Born Anne Fitz or Fitch in Southwark about 1661 to William Fitch. In 1684 she married mapmaker, globemaker and bookseller Philip Lea. Ann took over the business from her husband upon his death in 1700. At that time and place it was illegal for married women to own businesses, but unmarried women (including widows) could own businesses.[3]

She operated her business at the Atlas & Hercules, Cheapside, near Friday Street from 1701 to 1716 and at the Atlas & Hercules, over against Salisbury Court, in Fleet Street 1720 to 1725. [2]

Lea died in 1728 around the age of 73. Her stock and plates were auctioned in 1730, with many acquired by John & Thomas Bowles and George Willdey.

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  1. ^ Tooley, R. V. (Ronald Vere), 1898-1986. (1999–2004). Tooley's Dictionary of mapmakers. French, Josephine., Scott, Valerie, 1942-, Lowenthal, Mary Alice. (Rev. ed.). Tring, Herts, England: Map Collector Publications in association with Richard Arkway. ISBN 0-906430-14-3. OCLC 42456274.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b Worms, Laurence; Baynton-Williams, Ashley (2011). British Map Engravers: A Dictionary of Engravers, Lithographers and Their Principal Employers to 1850. London: Rare Book Society. pp. 291–292. ISBN 9780956942203.
  3. ^ Shepard, Alexandra (2015). "Minding Their Own Business: Married Women and Credit in Early Eighteenth-Century London". Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. 25: 53–74. doi:10.1017/S008044011500002X. ISSN 0080-4401. PMC 4602702. PMID 26633910.