Sir Joseph Banks Bar.tPresident of the Royal Society.
Published as the Act directs May 16th 1789 / Sold by W. Dickenson, Bond Stre. J. Cary, Strand, W. DArling, Newport Str. T. Simpson St Pauls Church Yard, and J. Collyer White Lion Row, Islington.
Stipple with very large margins, platemark 175 x 110 (6¾ x 4¼"). Good impression. Uncut.
Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), English naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences holding a 'Carte de la Livre par J. Russell' (map of the book by J. Russell). Banks was leading founder of the African Association, a British organisation dedicated to the exploration of Africa, and a member of the Society of Dilettanti, which helped to establish the Royal Academy. He joined James Cook on his first voyage around the Pacific, and they came across New Zealand and Australia, where Cook mapped the coastline and made landfall at Botany Bay and at Endeavour River. Banks took a great interest in the British colonisation of the continent and was to be the greatest proponent of settlement of New South Wales. He was in fact the general advisor to the government on all Australian interests.
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