Adams of Fleet Street: instrument makers to King George III

Catalogue Number: 3417
Adams of Fleet Street: instrument makers to King George III
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Hewett collection
Author: MILLBURN John R.
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2000
Time Period: 21st C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Aldershot, Hampshire, UK
Publisher/Manufacturer: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Description Of Item: Original black cloth cover, 240 x 160 mm, gold lettered on spine, 420 pages. well illustrated in black and white
Historical Significance: George Adams (1720-1773) was a London optician and instrument maker who had a keen interest in the applications of science. He wrote books on the microscope and the construction and use of celestial and terrestrial globes and held royal appointment to King George II and the Prince of Wales. His son. also George Adams (1750-1795) was mathematical instrument maker to His Majesty George III (rgn 1760 -1801) and Optician to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. Adams junior published a book An essay on vision briefly explaining the fabric of the eye and the nature of vision in 1789 that set out to be of 'service to those whose eyes are weak or impaired' in which he gave rules for proper choosing of spectacles. (See Cat no. 0023)
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Optometry Museum
Date Acquired: Aug 2017
Condition: Mint
Location: Nathan Library. Hewett collection

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