An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to Circa 2020 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

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BANKS, Sir Joseph

5 entries
  • 12825

Icones selectæ plantarum, quas in Japonia collegit et delineavit; Engelbertus Kaempfer; ex archetypis in Museo Britannico asservatis. Edited by Sir Joseph Banks.

London, 1791.

Sir Joseph Banks was responsible for publishing most of Kaempfer's studies of Japanese plants, which had remained unpublished for more than 70 years. This work introduced many Japanese plants to Western botanists.

Digital facsimile from the Internet Archive at this link.

  • 7093

Catalogus bibliothecae historico-naturalis Josephi Banks, auctore Jona Dryander. 5 vols.

London: Typis Gul. Bulmer et Soc., 17961800.

Digital facsimile of the 5 vols. from the Hathi Trust at this link.

Subjects: BIBLIOGRAPHY › Bibliographical Classics, BIBLIOGRAPHY › Bibliographies of Natural History, BIBLIOGRAPHY › Catalogues of Physicians' / Scientists' Libraries, NATURAL HISTORY
  • 12949

Journal of the Right Hon. Sir Joseph Banks...during Captain Cook's first voyage in H.M.S. Edeavour in 1766-71 to Terra de Fuego, Otahite, New Zealand, Australia, the Dutch East Indies. Etc. Edited by Sir Joseph D. Hooker.

London: Macmillan & Co., 1896.

Digital facsimile from Biodiversity Heritage Library at this link.

  • 10683

The Banks letters: A calendar of the manuscript correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks preserved in the British Museum, the British Museum (Natural History) and other collections in Great Britain.

London, 1958.

Subjects: BIBLIOGRAPHY › Manuscripts & Philology, NATURAL HISTORY
  • 9495

Banks' Florilegium: A publication in thirty-four parts [plus 1 supplement] of seven hundred and thirty-eight copperplate engravings of plants collected on Captain James Cook's first voyage around the world in the H.M.S. Endeavour 1768-1771. The specimens were gathered and classified by The Right Hon. Sir Joseph Banks and Dr. Daniel Solander, and were accurately engraved between 1771 and 1784 after drawings taken from nature by Sydney Parkinson. 35 large folio solander boxes & 1 vol. text.

London: Alecto Historical Editions & The British Museum (Natural History), 19801990.

Banks' Florilegium has been called the largest fine art printing project of the 20th century. It is the first complete publication in color of the 734 folio size copperplate engravings of newly discovered plants collected by Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander  while they accompanied Captain James Cook on his voyage around the world between 1768 and 1771. Banks and Solander collected plants in Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java. 

Banks' and Solander's specimens were studied aboard the HMS Endeavour by the artist Sydney Parkinson. Parkinson drew each specimen and made notes on their color, and for some species completed watercolor illustrations. When the Endeavour returned to London Banks hired artists Frederick Polydore Nodder, John Frederick Miller, James Miller, John Cleverly and Thomas Burgis to create watercolors of all of Parkinson's drawings. Between 1771 and 1784 Banks hired 18 engravers to create the copperplate engravings from the 743 completed watercolors with the purpose of eventually publishing an edition. Because Banks was engaged in many other projects, the Florilegium was not printed in Banks' lifetime, and he bequeathed the plates to the British Museum, where they were preserved. Between 1900 and 1905 James Britten and the British Museum issued prints of 315 of the plant engravings in black ink, under the title Illustrations of Australian Plants. Others were included in black and white in the 1973 book Captain Cook's Florilegium (Wikipedia). However, the complete series of plates in Banks' Florilegium was never issued in color until the above edition.

Limited to only 100 numbered sets, the sets were issued in 101 cloth-backed portfolios housed in 35 large folio custom-made solander boxes (including Supplement). The complete Banks’ Florilegium contains 738 engraved plates printed in color by hand using a 17th century printing technique called à la poupée, in which each color was applied directly to the copperplate by hand, and some plates were retouched with watercolor afterwards. The technique derives from a method developed by Johannes Tayler in the 17th century and revived by Pierre-Joseph Redouté in the early 19th century. The involved process of inking with a rolled up "dolly" of cotton tarlatan, printing, and cleaning the plates can take upwards of three hours for each impression.



Subjects: BOTANY, BOTANY › Botanical Illustration, VOYAGES & Travels by Physicians, Surgeons & Scientists