John R. Millburn's Adams of Fleet Street, Instrument Makers to King George III PDF

By John R. Millburn

’G. Adams in Fleet highway London’ is the signature on the various most interesting clinical tools of the eighteenth century. This publication is the 1st finished examine of the instrument-making company run via the Adams kinfolk, from its origin in 1734 to financial disaster in 1817. it's in response to distinct study within the archival assets in addition to exam of extant tools and courses by means of George Adams senior and his sons, George junior and Dudley. Separate chapters are dedicated to George senior’s kinfolk 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 publication is richly illustrated with plates from the Adams’s personal guides and with examples of tools starting from certain museum items - resembling the ’Prince of Wales’ microscope - and globes to the extra universal, even mundane, goods of the type visible in salesrooms and purchasers - the surveying, navigational and armed forces tools that shaped the spine of the company. The appendices comprise facsimiles of exchange catalogues and an annotated short-title directory of the Adams family’s guides, which additionally covers American and Continental versions, in addition to the posthumous ones by way of W. & S. Jones.

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