Thomas Davies

(1712 ca.-1785)

Thomas Davies attended Edinburgh University before migrating to London, where he found work as an actor. He set up as a bookseller, and failing, became an itinerant actor in England, Scotland, and Ireland. Davies eventually returned to London and became one of the first booksellers to publish reprints of renaissance poetry, including editions of Browne of Tavistock, Sir John Davies, and the plays of Massinger. They were not particularly successful. Perhaps Davies's greatest claim to fame is introducing James Boswell to Samuel Johnson; he was long a member of Johnson's circle.


1772Works of William Browne: The Publisher's Advertisement to the Reader.


Works of Thomas Browne [ed. Davies]. 3 vols, 1772.
The Poems of Sir John Davies [ed. Davies]. 1773.
Miscellaneous and fugitive pieces by the author of The Rambler [ed. Davies]. 2 vols, 1773.
Lives of Elias Ashmole and William Lilly, written by themselves [ed. Davies]. 1774.
The Works of Mr. George Lillo; with some account of his Life [Ed. Davies]. 2 vols, 1775.
The characters of George the First, Queen Caroline, Sir Robert Walpole, Lord Hardwicke, Mr. Fox, and Mr. Pitt, reviewed. 1777.
Some memoirs of Mr. Henderson. 1778.
Works of Massinger [ed. Davies]. 4 vols, 1779.
The Life of Mr. Garrick. 2 vols, 1780.
Dramatic miscellanies: consisting of critical observations on several plays of Shakespeare. 3 vols, 1783-84, 1785.