This American Edition, Printed From the Last London Edition, Edited by William Jones, Mathematical Instrument Maker, Is Carefully Revised and Corrected by Robert Patterson Whitehall (Philadelphia): Printed for William Woodward, 1806-1807.
Leather bound. Octavos. Four Volumes. Marbled brown calf leather bindings illustrated with 43 folding plates in the back of the volumes. Gilt lines and red leather title labels on the spines. Volume 1: , xviii, 562 pages, . Illustrated with 7 folding plates. The first folding plate edge is not even with the rest of the text block. Leather joints are cracked. The back cover is loose with exposed cords but still attached. Appears the back cover was partially glued. Light to moderate toning to the contents. Volume 2: , vi, pages 8-508, . Illustrated with 10 folding plates. Leather is worn on the joints and head and base of the spine. Light to moderate toning to the contents. A small vintage label meant for recording donations is blank and located bottom of the front paste down. Volume 3: , viii, pages 9-511, . Illustrated with 9 folding plates. The front joint has an old leather repair on the outside. The rear joint is cracked and rubbed. Leather is darkened at the top edges of the boards. A small vintage label meant for recording donations is blank and located bottom of the front paste down. Volume 4:  x, 597 pages,  pages Subscribers' Names,  pages of advertisements. Illustrated with 17 plates. Leather joints are rubbed and cracked. Leather is darkened and cracked on the front cover and board edges. Chipped leather bottom of the spine. Light to moderate toning to the contents. A fair or better set. Fair. Item #26503
George Adams the younger (1750–1795) was an English scientist, optician and scientific writer. He was mathematical instrument maker to King George III of Great Britain, succeeding his father George Adams in the post. He also made globes. Around 1770, Adams invented the lucernal microscope, a type of projection microscope where the image is projected on a screen by a large oil lamp, as to make it easier to draw or trace the image.
In politics Adams was a Tory, and as such was received with favour at court by George III. He died 14 August 1795, at Southampton, and was succeeded in his business and in the post of mathematical instrument maker to the king by his brother, Dudley Adams..