Joseph Banks in Newfoundland and Labrador, 1766

Author: Joseph Banks

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520017801

Category: Natural history

Page: 512

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Diary of voyage on board Niger, 1766, scientific manuscripts, and detailed account of his biological collections.

Joseph Banks and the English Enlightenment

Author: John Gascoigne

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521542111

Category: History

Page: 324

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A biography of scientific thinker Joseph Banks, placing his work in the context of eighteenth-century Britain.

The Letters of Sir Joseph Banks

Author: Joseph Banks,Neil Chambers

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9781860942044

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 420

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Sir Joseph Banks was a great Georgian figure. He circumnavigated the world with Captain James Cook on the H.M.S. Endeavor (1768-1771). He took with him a team of naturalists, illustrators and assistants at a personal cost of pounds 10,000. They made unprecedented collections of flora and fauna in most of the places the H.M.S. Endeavor visited. Banks also led the first British scientific expedition to Iceland, in 1772. Later, he settled in London and assembled an enormous herbarium-cum-library. This was remarkable for its size and for the unique material gathered from the Pacific. Banks was elected President of the Royal Society in 1778, a position he held for 41 years -- the longest anyone has served in that capacity. He was also the Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, which flourished under his control and became greater than any other. He was also an influential privy councilor and advisor to George III and the government. Banks was therefore at the scientific and social centre ofGeorgian life for more than five decades of rapid change. Once established in this position, he developed an enormous, global network of correspondence, using letters to shape events, to further knowledge, and to build an empire. There was almost no aspect too insignificant for his attention: and on matters of importance, his opinion was frequently sought. He has been called the "Fathers of Australia" for his role in establishing and then actively supporting colonies on the continent he visited with Cook. On matters of trade or agriculture, botany or horticulture, exploration or navigation, coinage, drainage and science, his views could hardly be avoided. Yet, he was a warm, authoritativewriter, with a "roiling" prose style. His letters make interesting reading for their variety as well as their insight into both his public and private life. This selection is from the over 5,000 letters which he wrote, and will in

Joseph Banks

Author: Patrick O'Brian

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226616285

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

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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

Sir Joseph Banks, Iceland and the North Atlantic 1772-1820 / Journals, Letters and Documents

Author: Anna Agnarsdóttir

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351899953

Category: History

Page: 708

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Sir Joseph Banks was one of the great figures of Georgian England, best known for participating as naturalist in Cook's Endeavour voyage (1768-71), as a patron of science and as the longest-serving President of the Royal Society (1778-1820). This volume brings together all Banks's papers concerning Iceland and the North Atlantic, scattered in repositories in Britain, the United States, Australia and Denmark, and most published here for the first time. A detailed introduction places them in historical context.

Joseph Banks and the British Museum

Author: Neil Chambers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317303644

Category: History

Page: 210

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Concentrating on the explorer and naturalist Joseph Banks (1743-1820), this book explores the early history of collections at the British Museum. Taking Banks' extraordinary career as its basis, it examines the changes that took place during a period of transition that led to collecting on an increasingly global scale.

The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768-1820, Volume 1

Author: Neil Chambers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000558479

Category: History

Page: 464

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After James Cook's voyage in HMS Endeavour, Banks developed a network of scientists and explorers. Banks's correspondence is one of the great primary sources for studying the Pacific region during this important period of exploration and colonial expansion.

The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768–1820, Volume 5

Author: Neil Chambers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315475960

Category: History

Page: 528

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Following his participation in James Cook's circumnavigation in HMS Endeavour (1768-71), Joseph Banks developed an extensive global network of scientists and explorers. His correspondence shows how he developed effective working links with the British Admiralty and with the generation of naval officers who sailed after Cook. Volume 5 Letters 1798–1801

The Life of Sir Joseph Banks

Author: Edward Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108031129

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 402

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This 1911 biography reveals the extraordinary influence of the wealthy botanist Banks on eighteenth-century science, exploration and society.