BANKS (JOSEPH) Banks' Florilegium. A Publication in Thirty-Four Parts of Seven Hundred and Thirty-Ei
Lot 31
BANKS (JOSEPH) Banks' Florilegium. A Publication in Thirty-Four Parts of Seven Hundred and Thirty-Eight Copperplate Engravings of Plants Collected on Captain James Cook's First Voyage Round the World in H.M.S. Endeavour, 1768-1771, 35 vol. (including supplement), NUMBER 39 OF 100 COPIES
Sold for £22,800 (US$ 36,595) inc. premium

Lot Details
BANKS (JOSEPH)
Banks' Florilegium. A Publication in Thirty-Four Parts of Seven Hundred and Thirty-Eight Copperplate Engravings of Plants Collected on Captain James Cook's First Voyage Round the World in H.M.S. Endeavour, 1768-1771, 35 vol. (including supplement), NUMBER 39 OF 100 COPIES, 743 copper-engraved plates in titled window mounts, all colour printed "à la poupée" in up to 17 colours with additional watercolour touches from the original plates by Daniel MacKenzie, G. Sibelius, Gabriel Smith, and others after Sydney Parkinson, Frederick Polydore, John Frederick Miller, James Miller, John Cleverly and Thomas Burgis, 100 publisher's cloth-backed portfolios, within 35 green solander boxes, original packaging, large folio, Alecto Historical Editions, 1980-1990

Footnotes

  • FIRST COMPLETE EDITION OF ENGRAVINGS AFTER SYDNEY PARKINSON'S DRAWINGS, MADE DURING CAPTAIN COOK'S FIRST VOYAGE. One of the most lavish publishing triumphs of the twentienth century, the fine plates printed in colours à la poupée (where the colour is applied to the plate with a cotton ball and heightened if necessary with a brush). This is one of only 100 sets, and is offered with the prospectus and seven additional framed and glazed botanical engravings, including duplicates of plate numbers 355, 359 and 360.

Saleroom notices

  • This set is offered with 13 additional framed and glazed botanical prints, but without the catalogue of uncoloured plates.
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