Joseph Banks and the British Museum

Author: Neil Chambers
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317303644
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Concentrating on the explorer and naturalist Joseph Banks (1743-1820), this book explores the early history of collections at the British Museum. Taking Banks' extraordinary career as its basis, it examines the changes that took place during a period of transition that led to collecting on an increasingly global scale.

On Collecting

Author: Susan Pearce
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135908095
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On Collecting examines the nature of collecting both in Europe and among people living within the European tradition elsewhere. Susan Pearce looks at the way we collect and what this tells us about ourselves and our society. She also explores the psychology of collecting: why do we bestow value on certain objects and how does this add meaning to our lives? Do men and women collect differently? How do we use objects to construct our identity? This book breaks new ground in its analysis of our relationship to the material world.

Pacific Images

Author: James Cook
Publisher: Ai Pohaku Pr
ISBN:
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Pacific Images, in this, its second edition, presents the earliest illustrations and descriptions of Pacific peoples and cultures as they were observed and recorded on Captain James Cook's third and final voyage (1776-1780) with HMS Resolution and Discovery. Reproduced are all sixty-one engraved plates from artist John Webber's drawings, plus three maps published in the rare folio Atlas that accompanies the British governments's official journal, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean (1784). The engraving of Cook's death, added to the 1785 reprint of the Atlas, is also inserted. Text describing each illustration is derived from the meticulous notebooks and detailed journals kept by Cook and his officers.

The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks 1768 1820 Letters 1768 1782

Author: Joseph Banks
Publisher: Pickering & Chatto Limited
ISBN: 9781851968350
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Following his participation in James Cook's circumnavigation in HMS Endeavour (1768-71), Joseph Banks developed an extensive global network of scientists and explorers. His correspondence shows how he developed effective working links with the British Admiralty and with the generation of naval officers who sailed after Cook. He was familiar with most natural philosophers in Britain and across Europe, many of whom consulted his unrivalled collections of Pacific natural history and ethnology, and who shared specimens and information with him regarding the region. Banks also advised the British government and commercial enterprise in the development of successive ventures to India, the Far East and the Pacific. His career demonstrates how a private individual could influence global exploration in the Georgian era.Banks's correspondence is one of the great primary sources for studying the Pacific region during this important period of exploration and colonial expansion. His Indian and Pacific correspondence has not previously been published in a fully edited thematic series. This critical edition of over 2,000 letters uses material from archives around the world. Together with The Scientific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks 1765-1820, this edition establishes Pickering & Chatto as the field leader in the publication of Joseph Banks's edited papers and ensures that editorial standards are applied consistently across his published papers. It will be important for scholars researching the History of Science, Empire Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies and Travel Literature.