London: Published by Dudley Adams . . . No. 60, Fleet-street, 1810. Full Calf. Final edition of this enduring publication, which passed through thirty editions, first appearing in 1766, from the literature of scientific instruments, "in which a Comprehensive View of the Solar System is given and the Use of the Globes is farther shewn in the explanation of Spherical Triangles." The dedication to the king was ghosted by Samuel Johnson; the preface and additions are by Adams's younger son, Dudley, who also served as publisher. Demy 8vo (205 x 120mm): xxiv,242pp, with 14 copper-engraved plates (including frontispiece and three folding), showing orbits of the planets and their moons, eclipses, the solstice, equinoxes, and other astronomical phenomena. Full speckled calf, flat spine divided into six compartments by gilt bands, central gilt medallion in each, black morocco lettering piece gilt. A superlative, tightly bound copy, clean and bright throughout, excepting toning and the stray spot to several plates. Courtney & Smith, p. 112 and Clifford & Greene 25:1 (for Johnson's dedication "To the King"). Fine-. Item #BB2027
Adams, mathematical instrument maker to George III, enjoyed a worldwide reputation as manufacturer of celestial and terrestrial globes. In mid-1766, he introduced 18- and 12-inch globes, the occasion for original publication of this treatise, which describes their construction and use. "The unusual form of mounting and relatively high price of Adams's globes drew scathing comments from Benjamin Martin, proprietor of the long-established Senex's globes, but they proved popular and many examples survive." (ODNB) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).