- [ca 1894-1899]
- Banks, Joseph (Sir), 1743-1820; Bannerman, Alexander, active 1730s-1780s; Blyth, Robert, -1783; Burgis, Thomas, active 1760s-1790s; Chesham, Francis, 1749-1806; Cleveley, John, 1747-1786; Drazowa, David Johann Martin van, active 1770s; Goldar, Jabez, 1729-1795; Lee, John, -1804; MacKenzie, Daniel, active 1775-1800; Michel, Jean Baptiste, 1748-1804; Miller, James, active 1773-1791; Miller, John Frederick, 1759-1796; Morris, Thomas, active 1750-1811; Nodder, Frederick Polydore, 1751-1800; Parkinson, Sydney, 1745-1771; Roberts, John, active 1770s; Scratchley, Thomas, active 1770s; Sibelius, Gerard, 1734-1785; Smith, Gabriel, 1724-1783; Smith, William, 1707-1764; Tringham, William, active 1790s; Walker, Edward, active 1770s; White, Charles, 1751-1825
Black and white engravings after watercolours by various artists from sketches made by Sydney Parkinson on Cook's first voyage. From copper printing plates held by the British Museum (Natural History), commissioned by Banks for Solander's projected botanical work, were never published during his lifetime. Six sets of engravings were taken from each plate in the 1890s by the British Museum Natural History.
Collection comprises 180 prints relating to New Zealand, the complete set of 340 plates relating to Australia, complete set of 23 from Brazil, complete set of 66 from Tierra Del Fuego, and one example from the Society Islands.
Pencilled identifications by botanist Sheila Natusch on verso of some plates depicting New Zealand species.
Title supplied by Library. Title composed of the name of the original artist, the transcribed title from lower margin recto of print, and title and plate number based on modern colour plates printed by Alecto Historical Editions.
The only complete set in New Zealand of these black and white pulls is held by Auckland Museum.
Arrangement: The prints have been arranged in the order of plate numbers aligned with the modern publication of Banks' Florilegium by Alecto Historical Editions.
Proof prints of plates originally prepared for Banks' Florilegium. Those depicting New Zealand specimens were originally ordered by the Colonial Museum at the instigation of Sir James Hector to support the research of Thomas Kirk and in part to serve as illustrations for a new work on the botany of New Zealand he had been commissioned to prepare. The New Zealand prints reached New Zealand in 1895. In March 1897 a second order for plants collected in other countries was made and this second consignment of prints had reached New Zealand by 1899.
Quantity: 615 b&w art print(s).
Physical Description: Copperplate engravings, black and white proof prints, 462 x 295 mm, on wove paper, 505 x 376 mm, many with titles inscribed in ink at lower margin recto, and pencil annotations verso.
Finding Aids: See also 'Banks Florilegium' for a full set of colour prints published by Alecto Historical Editions, 1980-1990..
Provenance: Prints prepared by the British Museum (Natural History), at the request of the Colonial Museum, were initially sent to the Education Department in two consignments, circa 1895 and 1899. The education department distributed these to various institutions, and those held in the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library were presented to the Library sometime between 1921 and 1950.
Transfers: Those prints not part of Banks' Florilegium originally at B-026 now at B-027..
Processing information: The sequence of prints has been restored to align with original cataloguing (Judith Diment et al., 1984 & 1987) and plate numbers of the Alecto Historical Editions publication, 1980-1990, of which the Alexander Turnbull Library holds no. 40 of the Limited Edition of 100 copies printed.
- Additional description
Alternative form available: Fully copied in black and white, negs C-12185 to 12390
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- British Museum (Natural History): Botanical plates from Banks' Florilegium and the second voyage of James Cook
- 615 b&w art print(s), Botanical illustrations, Engravings, Prints, Scientific illustrations, Copperplate engravings, black and white proof prints, 462 x 295 mm, on wove paper, 505 x 376 mm, many with titles inscribed in ink at lower margin recto, and pencil annotations verso.
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