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us: Adams, George, 1709-1772



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    • found: His Treatise describing and explaining the use of new celestial and terrestrial globes, 1766: t.p. (George Adams, mathematical instrument maker to His Majesty)
    • found: LC in NUC pre-56 (hdg.: Adams, George, 1720-1773)
    • found: Milburn, J. R. The library of George Adams, 1988: p. 5 (b. 1709; d. 1772)
    • found: Milburn, J.R. Adams of Fleet Street, 2000: p. 3, etc. (George Adams, senior; first member of the family to become an instrument maker; after apprenticeship, est. business, Fleet St., London, 1734; named mathematical instrument maker to the Prince of Wales, late 1756, and to King George III, 1760; published Micrographia illustra in 1746, and Treatise describing and explaining the use of new celestial and terrestrial globes in 1766, as well as some minor descriptive tracts between those years; although the treatise on globes was superseded in 1789 by his son George Adams's new and completely rewritten work, Astronomical and geographical essays, it was reissued in 1810 by his youngest son Dudley Adams and designated as the "thirtieth edition")
    • found: DNB (Adams, George, the elder, d. 1773; author of Treatise describing and explaining the use of new celestial and terrestrial globes, first pub. in 1766 and passed through 30 editions; also the author of Micrographia illustra (1746), Description and use of a new seaquadrant (1748), and Description and use of the universal trigonometrical quadrant (1753); upon his death, both his business and his position as instrument maker to George III were assumed by his son George Adams (1750-1795))
    • found: ESTC files (d. October 17 1772; buried in St. Bride's on the 24th, the register giving his age as 63; baptized in St. Bride's on 17 April 1709; apprenticed in the Grocers' Company on 5 June 1724)
    • found: MWA/NAIP files, Dec. 19, 2013 (access point.: Adams, George, 1709-1772; note: sometimes mistakenly assumed to be the author of An essay on the use of celestial and terrestrial globes, Philadelphia, 1800, confusing it with his Treatise describing and explaining the use of new celestial and terrestrial globes, 1766; the title page of the later essay identifies the author as "the late George Adams, mathematical instrument maker to His Majesty, and optician to the Prince of Wales," and the text includes references to "my father's globes" and to the "many editions of my father's treatise on their use," indicating that the author of the 1800 essay was actually the younger George Adams (1750-1795) who, like his father, served as instrument maker to the King, but unlike his father also held the position of optician to the Prince of Wales)
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    • [Not to be confused with his son, George Adams (1750-1795), who succeeded him as mathematical instrument maker to George III and held the additional position of optician to the Prince of Wales.]
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    • 1983-05-18: new
    • 2013-12-20: revised
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