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Banks' Florilegium, Part II Australia, List of Plates 23 - 45

Date: 1980
Dimensions:
Overall: 737 x 573 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Dr and Mrs Eric and Margaret Schiller
Object Copyright: © Natural History Museum, London
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: List
Object No: 00032544
Place Manufactured:London

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    Description
    A list of plates from 'Banks' Florilegium, Part II Australia, Plates 23 - 45'. This edition was published by Alecto Historical Editions and the British Museum (Natural History) in 1980.
    This list is for Plates 23 - 45 which cover the Family and Species of Malvaceae (Plates 23 -24), Sterculiaceae (Plate 25), Tiliaceae (Plate 26), Rutaceae (Plates 27 - 38), Meliaceae (Plates 39 - 40), Stackhousiaceae (Plates 41 - 42), Rhamnaceae (Plate 43), Leeaceae (Plate 44) and Sapindaceae (Plate 45).
    The Banksian names are also listed.
    SignificanceOne of the greatest achievements of the voyage of the ENDEAVOUR (1768-1771) was the extensive collection of botanical specimens that had been assembled by Sir Joseph Banks. Gathered on shore expeditions, after returning to ship they were drawn quickly by the artist Sydney Parkinson, and scientifically classified by Banks. Despite his best efforts, the Florilegium was not published in Bank's lifetime and only appeared in a very limited edition 200 years later.
    HistoryOne of the greatest achievementsof the voyage of the ENDEAVOUR (1768-1771 ) was the extensive collection of botanical specimens that had been assembled by Sir Joseph Banks. Gathered on shore expeditions, after returning to ship they were drawn quickly by the artist Sydney Parkinson, and scientifically classified by Banks. While the specimens survived shipwreck at Endeavour Reef, Parkinson died in Batavia.
    Banks's intention had been to publish the botanical results of the voyage but after only a few plates were engraved, he seems to have realised the scale of the undertaking and it came to a halt. Only in our own era was a decision made to bring the project to fruition, and in one of the great feats of publishing, Alecto Editions issued the entire Florilegiumin a limited number of parts in the 1980's .
    The Australian National Maritime Museum holds the Australian component of the collection, consisting of 337 prints in fifteen folios. These are the results of Banks's collecting on the east coast of the continent, particularly at Botany Bay and Endeavour River.
    The Banksia itself is appropriately one of the most distinctive and attractive of these specimens .
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