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, 36 vol. (including supplement and catalogue), NUMBER 95 OF 100 COPIES, Alecto Historical Editions, 1980-1990
Lot 18
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, 36 vol. (including supplement and catalogue), NUMBER 95 OF 100 COPIES, Alecto Historical Editions, 1980-1990
Sold for £23,750 (US$ 37,245) inc. premium

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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, 36 vol. (including supplement and catalogue), NUMBER 95 OF 100 COPIES, Alecto Historical Editions, 1980-1990
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, 36 vol. (including supplement and catalogue), NUMBER 95 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, loose as issued in 100 publisher's cloth-backed portfolios, preserved in 35 green cloth solander boxes with printed paper labels, most of the boxes with original cardboard packaging, large folio (790 x 610mm.), the catalogue in publisher's green morocco-backed cloth, folio, Alecto Historical Editions, 1980-1990

Footnotes

  • THE 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 twentieth 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 (loosely inserted into the catalogue).
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