Adams of Fleet Street, Instrument Makers to King George III
By: John R. Millburn (author)Hardback
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'G. Adams in Fleet Street London' is the signature on some of the finest scientific instruments of the eighteenth century. This book is the first comprehensive study of the instrument-making business run by the Adams family, from its foundation in 1734 to bankruptcy in 1817. It is based on detailed research in the archival sources as well as examination of extant instruments and publications by George Adams senior and his two sons, George junior and Dudley. Separate chapters are devoted to George senior's family background, his royal connections, and his new globes; George junior's numerous publications, and his dealings with van Marum; and to Dudley's dabbling with 'medico-electrical therapeutics'. The book is richly illustrated with plates from the Adams's own publications and with examples of instruments ranging from unique museum pieces - such as the 'Prince of Wales' microscope - and globes to the more common, even mundane, items of the kind seen in salesrooms and dealers - the surveying, navigational and military instruments that formed the backbone of the business.
The appendices include facsimiles of trade catalogues and an annotated short-title listing of the Adams family's publications, which also covers American and Continental editions, as well as the posthumous ones by W. & S. Jones.
John R. Millburn
Contents: Part I: George Adams senior: Family background; Foundation and development of the Fleet Street business; Royal connections; Adams's globes; George Adams senior's last few years, 1767-1772; Part II: George Adams junior: Continuation of the business; Essays and lectures; Instruments for van Marum; Hannah Adams and the succession; Part III: Dudley Adams: Globe maker and instrument maker; Bankrupt: the end of the Adams instrument business; Electrician and political reformer; Appendices: George Adams senior's catalogue 1766; George Adams junior's last catalogue, 1795; Aids to dating Adams instruments and publications; Short-title list of publications by the Adams family; Bibliography; General index.
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