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Banks' florilegium [picture] : a publication in thirty-four parts of seven hundred and thirty-eight copperplate engravings of plants collected on Captain James Cook's first voyage round the world in H.M.S. Endeavour, 1768-1771 / the specimens were gathered and classified by Sir Joseph Banks, Bart., and Daniel Solander and were accurately engraved between 1771 and 1784, after drawings taken from nature by Sydney Parkinson
Bib ID 779380
Format PicturePicture
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Description London : Alecto Historical Editions in association with the British Museum (Natural History), [1980-1990] 
34 v. (738 plates) : all col. ill. ; plates 73.5 x 57 cm., in cases 79 x 61 cm. + 5 supplementary plates in separate case. 
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  • Pts. 1-15. Australia (plates 1-337), accession no. S7578-S8892
  • Pt. 16. Brazil (plates 338-360), accession no. S8893-S8915
  • Pts. 17-18. Java (plates 361-390), accession no. S9092-S9121
  • Pt. 19. Madeira (plates 391-401),accession no. S9248-S9258
  • Pts. 20-27. New Zealand (plates 402-584) Accession no. S9259-S9628
  • Pts. 32-34. Tierra del Fuego (Plates 674-738), accession no. S9949-S10013.

The plates from which this edition was printed were prepared under Banks' direction by various engravers, but were never used until 1973, when a selection of them was published under the auspices of the present owner, British Museum (Natural History), as: Captain Cook's florilegium.

Limited ed. of 100 copies.

Supplementary plates cover Australia (plates 739-741), New Zealand (plate 742) and Tierra del Fuego (plate 743).

Separately published catalogue has title: Catalogue of Banks' florilegium.

A visual reference is available in: The Florilegium of Captain Cook's first voyage to Australia, 1768-1771 : [catalogue] / compiled by Hank Ebes. Melbourne : Ebes Douwma and Sotheby's Australia, 1988. This contains small reproductions of each image.

PIC Banks' florilegium Hurley Row 27 copy Digital master available National Library of Australia

National Library of Australia holds copy no. 32 of 100.

Subjects Cook, James, 1728-1779 -- Travel -- Pictorial works.  |  Endeavour (Ship)  |  Botany -- Pictorial works.  |  Botany -- Australia -- Pictorial works.  |  Plants.  |  Botany -- Pacific Area -- Pictorial works.  |  Botanical illustration -- England.  |  Engraving, English.
Other authors/contributors Solander, Daniel Charles, 1733-1782  |  Banks, Joseph, 1743-1820  |  Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771  |  British Museum (Natural History)
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Exhibited Selected items exhibited in: "Cook and Pacific" National Library of Australia, 19 September 2018 - 10 February 2019.  Exhibited: Flowers, NLA VC Display, Dec 2002- March 2003 


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