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Series Two: The Papers of Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820

Part 2: Papers relating to Voyages of Discovery, 1760-1800, from the British Library, London

Joseph Banks served as Scientific Leader on Captain Cook's epic first voyage around the world on HMS Endeavour (1768-1771) and during his 42 tenure as President of the Royal Society, 1778-1820, he encouraged and sponsored voyages to all corners of the globe.  This project brings together both his own correspondence and papers and the journals and records of a host of voyages from 1740 to 1853. Part 2 offers:

  • 8 volumes of vital importance documenting Cook's third attempted circumnavigation.  These include Cook's own journal and the account of the voyage prepared for publication by Douglas; a fragment of the ship's log and their instructions; and the journals of Law (ship's surgeon), Samwell (surgeon), Edgar (Master), and Lieutenant Gilbert.
  • The journal of Archibald Menzies, plant hunter and surgeon, on the Vancouver voyage around the world, 1791-95;
  • Papers Of James West, President of the Royal Society, 1768-72, featuring a wide variety of material of historical interest, including letters concerning the  Endeavour voyage by Banks and Solander.

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