Sir Joseph BANKS


£ 45.00

Engraved portrait. 

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The complete 6-page article with text and a good small image of Banks in later life. From Gallery of Portraits: with Memoirs... published under the Superintendance of the Society for the Diffussion of Useful Knowledge, London, 1833. Portrait engraved by C E Wagstaff, from a Picture by T Phillips in the possession of the Royal Society. Image 14 x 11 cm, overall size 26 x 18 cm. 

Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), famous as the botanist that accompanied Capt Cook on his first great voyage, elected President of the Royal Society in 1778 and influential member of the Board of Longitude and supporter of the chronometer work of John Arnold. 

The Society for the Diffussion of Useful Knowledge, with close associations to the then newly formed University College, London, as well as numerous provincial Mechanics' Institutes. Conceived with the highest ideals to educate the working and middle classes, it nevertheless received unwarranted opposition from some quarters of the book trade. It finally closed in 1848. 

Some darkening and foxing to paper, though not bad. Rarely found complete with the article.