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DAVIES, Thomas (ca. 1712--1785)
Dramatic miscellanies: consisting of critical observations on several plays of Shakspeare: with a review of his principal characters, and those of various eminent writers, as represented by Mr. Garrick, and other celebrated comedians. With anecdotes of dramatic poets, actors &c. By Thomas Davies, ... In three volumes. A new edition. ...
London: printed for the author, and sold at his shop, 1785.
3 vols ; 17.8 cm. (8º)
I: xi, [1], 451, [1] p.
II: 427, [1] p.
III: [2], 605, [1] p.

First published 1783--84. The title-page to vol. III bears no edition statement. Davies had turned from a failed bookselling business to the stage, and retired from acting in 1762 to establish a bookshop at 8 Russell Street, Covent Garden, where James Boswell first met Samuel Johnson the following year. He also turned to writing chiefly biographical material, most importantly Memoirs of the life of David Garrick, 1780 (3rd ed. 1781, q.v.), in which he was assisted by Johnson. ESTC t136456.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 7s. 6d., 24 November 1808. (Spiers Box). Inscribed in pencil on first free-endpaper Scarce / 3 vols. 7s.6d and with Boone's code -f-.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-ruled spines, red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 3740


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