Joseph Banks in Newfoundland and Labrador, 1766: His Diary, Manuscripts, and Collections

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University of California Press, 1971 - Natural history - 512 pages
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Diary of voyage on board Niger, 1766, scientific manuscripts, and detailed account of his biological collections.
 

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This book is a based upon a MS diary and contains a most detailed account of Joseph Banks in Newfoundland 1766. A facsimile of this MS volume is with the people of Canada at St Johns, presented through the South Australian people in June 2010.
In 1766 in Newfoundland, Joseph Banks, aged about 23, met Captain Cook, then aged about 34.
Cook transported some relics from Canada home to England for Banks, but lost most of them a Deptford when Cook ran aground.
The diary describes life in Newfoundland, the indigenous customs, the fishing industry, fauna and flora and the transition of life as that part of the Dominion transferred from French to British ownership. There is also an account of a ball celebrating George III's accession to the throne, and a recipe for Spruce Beer.
Banks became very ill at one time and says that his bout of illness was a near thing.
This scholarly tome, although some 40 years old, is an important part of the geography and history of Canada.
The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia (RGSSA) sponsored this review, for more Banksian MSS's see www.rgssa.org.au
The RGSSA has the original of 1766 in its collection along with the volume on the trip to Lisbon
 

Contents

List of illustrations
19
A note on the eighteenthcentury background
31
Biographical sketches
41
Bankss birds
90
The natural history paintings and painters
101
Introductory note
111
Notes on the diary
157
an amplification
175
The fate of Bankss specimens
291
A systematic list of the plants collected or recorded by Banks in New
311
the McGill MS with supplementary
349
A note on J R Forsters Catalogue of the Animals of North America
397
A systematic list of the animals collected or recorded by Banks in 1766
404
References
425
Cartwrights annotated copy of Pennants Arctic Zoology
443
Pallisers notes on Chateau Bay and the blockhouse there
450

The diaries of the Moravians in Newfoundland and Labrador 1764 1765
181
A note on the ships
222
Admiral Forbess inscription for Pallisers memorial to Captain Cook
231

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