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ADAMS, George
New Sea Quadrant. Invented, Made & Sold by Geo. Adams.
London,: Published,, 1748. Mathematical Instrument Maker to his Majesty’s Office of Ordnance. At Tycho Brahe’s Head Fleet Street, London. At the above said place are Also made and sold Hadley’s, Smith’s, and Davis’s Quadrants. September 30th, 1748. Engraved boardside advertisement. Rare advertisement for George Adams’s new Sea Quadrant. George Adams (c.1704-1773) was one of the leading the scientific instrument makers of his day. Apprenticed in 1718 he is recorded as setting up his business in 1735 of Fleet Street at the sign of Tycho Brahe's Head. He began making scientific instruments for the East India Company from 1735, was Mathematical Instrument Maker to the Royal Ordnance from 1748 to 1753 and later instrument maker to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and King George III. George Adams is recorded as being at the address Tycho Brahe's Head between 1738 and 1757. The advertisement was issued separately and bound in with Adam’s exceedingly rare work ‘The description and use of a new sea quadrant’. OCLC records three institutional examples of the work: St Andrews University Library; The British Library; and The University of Edinburgh. The work last appeared on the market in 1951. On the verso of the print are three paste-down slips bearing the numbers ”No 159”, “5103”, and “4830”, together with a further slip with the letterpress text “Baker and Leigh” and the letters “c.o.b.” in manuscript iron gall ink. It is likely that these represent lot numbers from an auction, presumably: “Baker and Leigh - C[lose] o[f] B[usines … [Klicken Sie unten für eine ausführliche Beschreibung]
Verkäufer: Daniel Crouch Rare Books [United Kingdom]
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