ADAMS, George, junior, instrument maker (1750-1795). New Globe of the Earth correctly laid down according to the best observations and latest discoveries. London: G. Adams, 1782. [and:] New Celestial Globe containing all ye southern constellations lately observed at the Cape of Good Hope, and all the stars in Flamsted's British catalogue. London: G. Adams, [n.d.].
A pair of terrestrial and celestial table globes, diameter 19in. (488cm), overall height with stand 22½in. (570cm), each made up of two sets of 12 hand-coloured engraved gores, with brass meridian circle graduated on one face and adjustable scale for the declination of the sun, paper horizon circle laid down on wood, giving the months and the names and symbols for the houses of the Zodiac, the mahogany stands with four quadrant supports to turned central column with three cabriole legs. (The terrestrial globe split along or near the equator line, 18cm chip causing loss near the equator and equinoctial meridian, also chipped with loss at the north pole; the celestial globe with several cracks near base, brass fittings slightly defective. Some soiling to both globes, slight damage and losses to horizon circles.)
After his father's death in 1772, George Adams junior continued as instrument maker to George III and one of the foremost globemakers in England. His were the first of the family's globes to include the details of Cook's voyages. The present terrestrial globe, describing the arctic as 'This continent discovered by C. Cook 1778', shows California as a peninsula, the whole of New Zealand ('Zeelandia Nova'), and the complete coastal outline of Australia ('New Holland') with an extensive list of the capes along the coast of New South Wales ('discd 1770'). In addition to the track of Anson's departure and return, it shows the tracks of Cook's voyages, and Hawaii ('O'wyhee') is marked 'Here Capt. Cook was killed'. The celestial globe depicts the constellations in mythical form, and incorporates the discoveries of Nicholas Louis de la Caille (1713-1762) at the Cape in addition to Flamsteed's obervations (hitherto unknown southern constellations appear in the form of scientific instruments made by the Adams family). Both globes have a dedicatory cartouche to the king. (2)