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Life: An Unauthorised Biography
Fortey, Richard
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O'Brian, Patrick - Joseph Banks: A Life - ( Item 137024 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2016. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Near Fine slipcase. Very slight bump to the edge of one panel. Three-quarter-bound in cloth with a Modigliani paper front board. Blocked and printed with a design by Chris Wormell. Set in Adobe Caslon Pro. 440 pages. Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour plates. 9" x 6 ¼". An inspired biography of the great naturalist and explorer, by the author of the much-loved Aubrey-Maturin novels. Joseph Banks (1743–1820) was a naturalist, an explorer, President of the Royal Society and ultimately one of the most influential figures of the 18th century. As a young man he accompanied Captain Cook on his first great voyage of discovery to the South Seas, New Zealand and Australia. Returning with thousands of specimens of plants and animals, accounts of native peoples, and drawings and charts of a previously unknown continent, its achievements transformed Europe's knowledge of almost half the world and made Banks a national hero. For the rest of his life, he played a major role promoting science and discovery in an expanding empire. Patrick O’Brian is the best-selling author of the Aubrey-Maturin series of naval historical novels set during the Napoleonic Wars. O’Brian drew on the life of Banks when writing the series; his much-loved main characters were influenced by the botanist, and references to the real Banks can also be found throughout the books.

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