The Journal of Joseph Banks in the Endeavour 1768-1771
On April 28 1770, the Endeavour dropped anchor in a pleasant bay, 'tollerably well sheltered from all winds', on the east coast of Australia. Two Aborigines in white warpaint hurled spears at the first landing parties until one was shot and wounded. Banks mistook the boomerangs carried by other natives for 'scmitars' - it was to provide the first of many surprises.
By chance, the Endeavour had sailed into one of the most pleasant parts of that great southern land. For two weeks Banks and his party landed each day and roamed through the countryside, collecting strange flowers, plants and animals previously unknown to Europeans. It is not difficult to imagine the rising excitement as they examined the specimens in the great cabin on board the Endeavour. This one region alone had yielded numerous different species of plants; and it was only natural that Cook, in deference to his colleagues, should eventually commemorate their haul by naming the place Botany Bay.
"What to liken him to I could not tell, nothing certainly that I have seen at all resembles him." - Bank's first encounter with a kangeroo, Endeavour River, 1770.
Contributors: Foreword by H.R.H. The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and commentary by Dr Averil Lysaght
Binding: 1/4 leather with gilt tooling and page edges
Box: Buckram slipcase
Extras: 2-volumes: In addition to the faithful reproduction of Banks's handwritten journal there is a newly written illustrated commentary by the late Dr Averil Lysaght
Dimension: 240mm x 340mm
Pages: 1250 pages