Joseph Banks by Patrick O'BrianJoseph Banks by Patrick O'Brian

Joseph Banks

byPatrick O'Brian

Paperback | December 8, 1997

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Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), was a naturalist, explorer, president for more than forty years of the Royal Society, Britain's oldest scientific institution, and one of Australia's founding fathers. He first rose to fame when, as a young botanist, he accompanied Captain Cook on his epic circumnavigation that resulted in the discovery of Australia. He was a central figure in a generation that transformed an insular monarchy into a modern industrial powerhouse. Yet a complete picture of Banks's long life has never emerged from the vast archive left at his death. The young Banks sailed on expeditions to North America and Iceland as well as the Pacific; he was also instrumental in establishing Kew Gardens as one of the world's greatest botanical centers. An indefatigable correspondent, he had a wide circle of friends and associates, including Cuvier, Watt, Samuel Johnson, and Edward Gibbon. Patrick O'Brian's masterful biography, which makes full use of Banks's letters and journals (some hitherto unknown), brings from the shadows a man of enduring importance. Banks emerges as a cheerful, forthright, and hospitable man whose true genius lay in promoting the enthusiasms of others. His legacy survives not only in his magnificent Florilegium, the record of his botanical studies in the South Seas, but in the development of the Australian continent and the tenor and tradition of subsequent scientific enterprise. Joseph Banks: A Life, gracefully written by one of England's prose masters, provides a fascinating overview of a full and important life.
Title:Joseph BanksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:330 pages, 8.42 × 5.58 × 0.74 inPublished:December 8, 1997Publisher:University of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780226616285

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Table of Contents

Preface 1: Origins. Education. Botany 2: Newfoundland and Labrador 3: The Royal Society. Solander. the Endeavour Voyage 4: Tahiti and the Transit of Venus 5: New Zealand. Botany Bay and the Great Barrier Reef 6: Home Again. Resolution. Iceland 7: The Great Florilegium. Omai. Soho Square 8: President of the Royal Society. Marriage. the King and Kew. Botany Bay 9: HM's Sheep. Plant Collectors. Bligh and Bounty. Revolution in France 10: War. New South Wales. the Privy Council 11: Trouble in Sydney and Iceland. Declining Health. the End 12: His Will, and some Letters Notes Bibliography Index

From Our Editors

One of our greatest writers about the sea has written an engrossing story of one of history's most legendary maritime explorers. O'Brian's biography of naturalist, explorer, and cofounder of Australia, Joseph Banks, is narrative history at its finest. It reveals Banks to be a man of enduring importance, and establishes itself as a classic of exploration. 6 line drawings, 2 maps, 6 halftones