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 many of the most interesting clinical tools of the eighteenth century. This ebook is the 1st entire research of the instrument-making company run via the Adams kinfolk, from its starting place in 1734 to financial disaster in 1817. it really is according to targeted 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 relatives history, his royal connections, and his new globes; George junior’s a variety of courses, and his dealings with van Marum; and to Dudley’s dabbling with ’medico-electrical therapeutics’. The ebook is richly illustrated with plates from the Adams’s personal guides and with examples of tools starting from exact museum items - corresponding to the ’Prince of Wales’ microscope - and globes to the extra universal, even mundane, goods of the type obvious in salesrooms and buyers - the surveying, navigational and armed forces tools that shaped the spine of the enterprise. The appendices contain facsimiles of alternate catalogues and an annotated short-title directory of the Adams family’s courses, which additionally covers American and Continental versions, in addition to the posthumous ones through W. & S. Jones.

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