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The Life of Sir Joseph Banks

The Life of Sir Joseph Banks
President of the Royal Society, with Some Notices of his Friends and Contemporaries


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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108031127

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  • Sir Joseph Banks (1743–1820), botanist and patron of science, was a pivotal figure in eighteenth-century intellectual circles. He travelled around the world with Captain Cook as naturalist on the Endeavour (1768–1771), exploring first Tahiti, then Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, and contributed £10,000 of his personal wealth to help finance the expedition. He became President of the Royal Society and scientific adviser to the Royal Gardens at Kew, counting George III as a personal friend. He both helped plan the first penal colony in New South Wales, and bred Merino sheep to be farmed there. He promoted the geological mapping of England, Flinders' circumnavigation of Australia, and the transfer of breadfruit from the Pacific to the West Indies (the objective of the Bounty voyage that ended in mutiny). This 1911 study, based on extensive archival research, was the first detailed biography of this remarkable and influential man.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108031127
    • length: 402 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Early years
    2. Round the world with Captain Cook
    3. Visit to Iceland. Cook's second and third voyages
    4. President of the Royal Society
    5. The Royal Society continued
    6. Kew Gardens. George III
    7. Plant collectors
    8. Bligh's voyages in the 'Bounty' and 'Providence'
    9. Various adventures
    10. Maecenas and his happenings
    11. The Scoffer abroad
    12. European fame
    13. The founding of Australia
    14. Captain Flinders and Robert Brown
    15. Icelandic affairs
    16. The rise of new learned societies
    17. Revival of botanical exploration
    18. Failing health, but unflagging zeal
    19. Some friends of later years
    20. 'A fine old English gentleman'
    21. The end

  • Author

    Edward Smith

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