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DODD, William (1729--1777)
An account of the rise, progress, and present state of the Magdalen Hospital, for the reception of penitent prostitutes. Together with Dr. Dodd's sermons. To which are added, the advice to the Magdalens; with the psalms, hymns, prayers, rules, and list of subscribers. The fifth edition.
London: printed by W. Faden, for the Charity. And sold at the Hospital, 1776.
[2], vi, [4], 360 p., engr. frontis. : 1 fold. letterpress table ; 17.0 cm. (12º)

The preface is signed W. D., i.e. William Dodd. Price from imprint: 3s. 6d. First published in 1762. With a final folding leaf of accounts. The 'unfortunate Doctor Dodd' is now best known for Dr. Johnson's unavailing championship of his cause when he was convicted of forgery, and as the editor of a popular anthology, The beauties of Shakespear (1752; 3rd ed. 1780, q.v.). A popular preacher whose fashionable attire earned him the nickname 'the Macaroni Parson', and known as a supporter of charities such as the Magdalen Hospital for Penitent Prostitutes established by Jonas Hanway in 1758, Dodd's pursuit of advancement inevitably led him into debt. In February 1777 he sought to satisfy his creditors by discounting a forged bill of exchange for £4200, allegedly drawn by his former pupil the Earl of Chesterfield, but was arrested four days later and convicted of capital forgery, sentenced to death, and hanged at Tyburn on 27 June 1777 despite the efforts of his supporters including Dr Johnson, who wrote a number of speeches and prayers published under Dodd's name (q.v.). Soane must have been impressed by this news story in the year prior to his grand tour, because nearly half a century later in 1825 he purchased a small bust of Dodd in bronze which is displayed on the projecting pedestal to the right of the fireplace on the east side of the Library Dining Room at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields. ESTC t93960.

Binding C18th marbled calf, gilt-tooled borders, gilt-lattice spine, black morocco spine-label, marbled endpapers.

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