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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
List of illustrations
A note on the eighteenthcentury background
The natural history paintings and painters
Notes on the diary
The fate of Bankss specimens
A systematic list of the plants collected or recorded by Banks in New
the McGill MS with supplementary
A note on J R Forsters Catalogue of the Animals of North America
A systematic list of the animals collected or recorded by Banks in 1766
Cartwrights annotated copy of Pennants Arctic Zoology
Pallisers notes on Chateau Bay and the blockhouse there