At the sign of Tycho Brahe's Head
By ADAMS, Dudley , 1796

[All Sorts of Optical, mathematical & Philosophical Instruments Constructed on the best & most approved principles, and in the most modern manner,…]

  • 作者: ADAMS, Dudley
  • 出版地: [London
  • 出版商: 60 Fleet Street]
  • 发布日期: 1796 [but earlier].
  • 物理描述: Engraved trade card; text cartouche excised.
  • 方面: 265 by 240mm. (10.5 by 9.5 inches).
  • 库存参考: 17715


The present trade card shows representations of various scientific instruments surrounded by an ornate border, itself partly composed of instruments, with portrait of Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), Danish nobleman known for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical and planetary observations. Adams set up at 60 Fleet Street after ousting his sister-in-law Hannah. He was a poor businessman, however, and the Adams instrument business, founded in 1734, ended in his bankruptcy.

British Museum cataloguing for the trade card suggests that owing to the style of the print it was probably engraved long before 1796, and that the text advertising Adams’s business may have been changed from a previous one.


annotated on verso


  1. BM Heal 501.1
  2. see 'British Map Engravers', Worms & Baynton-Williams, pg3.