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Joseph Banks' Florilegium : Botanical Treasures from Cook's First Voyage - Mel Gooding

Joseph Banks' Florilegium

Botanical Treasures from Cook's First Voyage

By: Mel Gooding (Text by), David Mabberley (Commentaries by), Joe Studholme (Afterword by)

Hardcover Published: 15th January 2018
ISBN: 9780500519363
Number Of Pages: 320

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Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768 to 1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java, bringing back over 1300 species that had never been seen or studied by Europeans. On his return, Banks commissioned over 700 superlative engravings between 1772 and 1784.

Known collectively as Banks' Florilegium, they are some of the most precise and exquisite examples of botanical illustration ever created. The Florilegium was never published in Banks' lifetime, and it was not until 1990 that a complete set in colour was issued in a boxed edition (limited to 100 copies) under the direction of the British Museum (Natural History).

It is from these prints that the present selection is made, directed by David Mabberley, who has provided expert botanical commentaries, with additional texts by art historian Mel Gooding, setting the works in context as a perfect conjunction of nature, science and art. An afterword by Joseph Studholme describes the history of the modern printing.


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The book expands my knowledge of the extraordinary early European investigation of Australian flora - a wonderful book. The book was delivered promptly in perfect condition. Significantly cheaper than other sources of this book.



Words cannot describe this treasure . Botanicals and history


Not just a great coffee table book but a fantastic tome to have . I couldn't afford the first printing but this puts it within reach . A fabulous price

Sunshine Coast , Australia


Fascinating images of Australia from a different viewpoint


A great reference source for early Australia. And gives a fascinating insight into the era in which it was written.

New England Region



4.7 3


Dazzling in its detail and copiously annotated by modern experts, a beautiful tribute to a scientific expedition that is still yielding knowledge more than two centuries after it was undertaken.

ISBN: 9780500519363
ISBN-10: 0500519366
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 15th January 2018
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 35.56 x 26.67  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 1.95