1798 · London:
Adams, Jr. (1750-1795), son of well-known instrument-maker George Adams (1709-1772), both instrument makers to the king. He was an optician, instrument maker (to George III) and prolific writer on instruments and scientific issues. Gee notes that Adams had studied Louis Joblot on the microscope and animalculae and Abraham Trembley on the polyp.
Provenance: Max Erb, of Max Erb Instruments, Santa Ynez, California. This company started in 1954 and specializes in microscopes. [FULL TITLE: Essays on the Microscope; Containing a Practical Description of the Most Improved Microscopes; A General History of Insects..., An account of the various species … A Description of Three Hundred and Eighty-Three Animalcula, with a Concise Catalogue of Interesting Objects: A view of the organization of timber, and the Configuration of Salts when Under the Microscope. By the late George Adams ... The second edition, with considerable additions and improvements by Frederick Kanmacher, F.L.S.]
See: DNB; Brian Gee, Francis Watkins and the Dollond Telescope Patent Controversy, Ashgate, 2014, p. 67; John R. Millburn, Adams of Fleet Street: instrument makers to King George III, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000. (Inventory #: S13101)