Adams of Fleet Street, Instrument Makers to King George III by John R. Millburn

By John R. Millburn

’G. Adams in Fleet road London’ is the signature on the various best clinical tools of the eighteenth century. This e-book is the 1st complete research of the instrument-making enterprise run by way of the Adams family members, from its beginning in 1734 to financial disaster in 1817. it really is in line with particular study within the archival resources in addition to exam of extant tools and guides via George Adams senior and his sons, George junior and Dudley. Separate chapters are dedicated to George senior’s family members historical past, his royal connections, and his new globes; George junior’s a number of courses, and his dealings with van Marum; and to Dudley’s dabbling with ’medico-electrical therapeutics’. The booklet is richly illustrated with plates from the Adams’s personal courses and with examples of tools starting from particular museum items - equivalent to the ’Prince of Wales’ microscope - and globes to the extra universal, even mundane, goods of the sort visible in salesrooms and purchasers - the surveying, navigational and armed forces tools that shaped the spine of the company. The appendices contain facsimiles of exchange catalogues and an annotated short-title directory of the Adams family’s courses, which additionally covers American and Continental variants, in addition to the posthumous ones through W. & S. Jones.

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