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Endeavouring Banks

Exploring Collections from the Endeavour Voyage 1768-1771
by Neil Chambers
Univ of Washington Pr

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Pub Date: 2016
Format: Hardback with color illus.
Pages: 303 pp.
Size: 9.25 x 11.25 inches

ISBN: 9780295998114
TB Code: 1803053
Availability: 438 in stock

When English naturalist Joseph Banks (1743–1820) accompanied Captain James Cook (1728–1779) on his historic mission into the Pacific, the Endeavour voyage of 1768–1771, he took with him a team of collectors and illustrators. They returned with unprecedented collections of artifacts and specimens of stunning birds, fish, and other animals, as well as thousands of plants, most seen for the first time in Europe. They produced, too, remarkable landscape and figure drawings of the peoples encountered on the voyage along with detailed journals and descriptions of the places visited, which, with the first detailed maps of these lands (Tahiti, New Zealand, and the east coast of Australia), were later used to create lavishly illustrated accounts of the mission. These caused a storm of interest in Europe where plays, poems, and satirical caricatures were later produced to celebrate and examine the voyage, its personnel, and many “new” discoveries.