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The terrestrial globe inscribed: ‘This new globe of the Earth correctly laid down according to ye best observations & latest discoveries, Dudley Adams, Fleet Street, London, 1807’. The gores hand coloured in outline, marking the tracks of the second and third voyages of James Cook and Anson's voyage.
The celestial globe inscribed: ‘This new celestial globe containing all ye Southern Constellations lately observed at the Cape of Good Hope and all the stars in Flamstead's British Catalogue, Dudley Adams, Fleet Street, London 1809’. The gores decorated with constellation figures, named in Latin and English, mounted on mahogany tripod stands, the legs united by an undertier incorporating a compass. The celestial table globe includes all the constellations lately observed at the Cape of Good Hope and all the stars in Flamsteed’s British Catalogue of Stars. John Flamsteed was the Royal Astronomer at Greenwich Observatory.
Dudley Adams (1762-1830): The Adams firm was founded by George Adams Senior (1704-72) in 1738.
George Senior wrote numerous treatises on globes and scientific instruments, including A Treatise Describing and Explaining the Construction and Use of New Celestial and Terrestrial Globes, published in London in 1766. He is thought to have succeeded to the globe gores of John Senex and James Ferguson, the pioneers of 18th Century British globe making. George's sons, George Adams, Jr. (1750-95) and Dudley (1762-1830), continued the family business as instrument and globe makers in London. All three, in turn, held the post of Mathematical Instrument Maker to the King. The Adams firm produced terrestrial and celestial floor and table globes, as well as pocket globes. After 1788, Dudley operated independently but continued to re-issue his father’s globes. He continued the business until 1817, when the social upheaval following the war led to the bankruptcy of his business and forced him to sell the pocket globe plates to the Lane firm, who reissued them in updated editions. British globe maker John Addison reissued a Dudley Adams celestial globe, circa 1818.
|Height||61.00 cm||(24.02 inches)|
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