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Sir Thomas Davies

(c. 1631—1680) bookseller and lord mayor of London


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A schoolfellow of Pepys, he published at the Sign of the Bible in St Paul's Churchyard, 1656–62; his books included Digby's eccentric Powder of Sympathy. Davies's career ended in 1662, when he inherited the Ebury estate in Westminster and retired from business. Nevertheless, his wealth and valuable copyrights qualified him to become Master of the Stationers’ Company (1668–70).

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

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