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Joseph Banks - Patrick O'Brian

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Published: 1st January 1993
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One of our greatest writers about the sea has written an engrossing story of one of history's most legendary maritime explorers. Patrick O'Brian's biography of naturalist, explorer and co-founder of Australia, Joseph Banks, is narrative history at its finest. Published to rave reviews, it reveals Banks to be a man of enduring importance, and establishes itself as a classic of exploration.
"It is in his description of that arduous three-year voyage on the ship Endeavor] that Mr. O'Brian is at his most brilliant. . . . He makes us understand what life within this wooden world was like, with its 94 male souls, two dogs, a cat and a goat."--Linda Colley, "New York Times"
"An absorbing, finely written overview, meant for the general reader, of a major figure in the history of natural science."--Frank Stewart, "Los Angeles Times"
" This book is] the definitive biography of an extraordinary subject."--Robert Taylor, "Boston Globe"
"His skill at narrative and his extensive knowledge of the maritime history . . . give him a definite leg up in telling this . . . story."--Tom Clark, "San Francisco Chronicle"

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Australia's Unknown Founder

5

Banks was probably the leading intellectual figure of his time; President of the Royal Society, Explorer & Botanist who was responsible for James Cook's expedition to find the Great Southern Land. Amazing account of the life of the person most responsible for the settlement of Australia. A must read for young Australians.

Sydney

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An interesting life made dull.

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Good for information but is pretty bland to read.

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Preface
Origins
Education
Botany
Newfoundland and Labrador
The Royal Society
Solander
the Endeavour Voyage
Tahiti and the Transit of Venus
New Zealand
Botany Bay and the Great Barrier Reef
Home Again
Resolution
Iceland
The Great Florilegium
Omai
Soho Square
President of the Royal Society
Marriage
the King and Kew
Botany Bay
HM's Sheep
Plant Collectors
Bligh and Bounty
Revolution in France
War
New South Wales
the Privy Council
Trouble in Sydney and Iceland
Declining Health
the End
His Will, and some Letters
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226616285
ISBN-10: 0226616282
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.3  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Type: New edition