Langue d'expression : Anglais
Date de naissance : 2017 Note publique d''information :
"Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768
to 1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from
Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and
Java, bringing back over 1300 species that had never been seen or studied by Europeans.
On his return, Banks commissioned over 700 superlative engravings between 1772 and
1784. Known collectively as Banks' Florilegium, they are some of the most precise
and exquisite examples of botanical illustration ever created. The Florilegium was
never published in Banks' lifetime, and it was not until 1990 that a complete set
in colour was issued in a boxed edition (limited to 100 copies) under the direction
of the British Museum. It is from these prints that the present selection is made."