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Astronomical and Geographical Essays, 1790

Date: 1790
Overall: 212 x 132 x 47 mm, 0.85 kg
Display Dimensions: 212 x 133 x 42 mm
Medium: Paper, leather, boards, gilt
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Book
Object No: 00006249
Place Manufactured:London

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    This George Adams book entitled 'Astronomical and Geographical Essays’ was printed in 1790. George Adams was an Instrument Maker for both the East India Company and King George III. As well as making globes, Adams made telescopes, microscopes, barometers and orreries.
    SignificanceThis rare book offers an insight into the development and use of scientific instruments for astronomical and geographical purposes during the 18th Century.
    HistoryBorn in Southampton in 1750, George Adams followed in the footsteps of his father George Adams Snr (1720? - 1773), an English scientific writer and optician. Adams Snr was also a maker of globes and mathematical instruments. Continuing his father's work, George Adams wrote 'Astronomical and Geographical Essays' (1790) and 'Essay on Vision' (1789) with his brother Dudley. He later became an optician to the Prince of Wales.

    George Adams wrote numerous other scientific essays including 'An Essay on Electricity: Explaining the Theory and Practice of that Useful Science, and the Mode of Applying it to Medical Purposes' (1784); 'Essays on the Microscope' (1787); and 'An Essay on Vision, Briefly Explaining the Fabric of the Eye, and the Nature of Vision: Intended for the Service of Those Whose Eyes are Weak or Impaired: Enabling Them to Form an Accurate Idea of the True State of Their Sight, the Means of Preserving it' (1789).

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Astronomical and geographical essays

    Web title: Astronomical and Geographical Essays, 1790

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