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THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Series Two: The Papers of Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820

Part 3: Correspondence and Papers relating to Voyages of Discovery, 1743-1853, 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 3 offers:

  • A catalogue of Banks' library;
  • A large quantity of volumes describing Arctic expeditions (to find the North West passage), including original journals and letters of Franklin, Peard, Phipps, Scoresby, Ross, Parry and Barrow, 1773-1853;
  • records of Mungo Park in Africa, including his last letter;
  • Further journals documenting Wallis' round the world voyage on the Dolphin, 1766-68, and Cook's 1st and 2nd circumnavigations;
  • Records of Banks' voyage to Iceland, 1772;
  • Lieutenant Colnett's famous account of his voyage on the Rattler, 1793-94, to protect British whaling interests;
  • Papers concerning Macartney's embassies to China, 1792, and South Africa, 1801-02;
  • The South Seas voyages of the Tula, 1830-33;
  • Papers of Banks relating to the Mint & Coinage.


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