The Making of Banks' Florilegium I: The voyage of Endeavour, Mel Gooding * The Plates, David Mabberley * The Making of Banks' Florilegium II: The Florilegium, 1772-1990, Mel Gooding * The Modern Printing of the Florilegium, Joe Studholme
The first full-colour publication of the botanical illustrations commissioned by Joseph Banks, with commentaries.
Mel Gooding is an art historian, writer and curator. He has taught at Edinburgh and Wimbledon Schools of Art, among others, and contributes regularly to the art press. Professor David Mabberley has served as Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney. He is an Emeritus Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford, Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, and Professor Extraordinary at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. Joe Studholme co-founded Editions Alecto and undertook the printing of Banks' Florilegium from the original copper plates between 1980 and 1990.
'Splendid ... much to enjoy for the general reader' - Apollo
'A stunning piece of history, art and botany in one' - The Field
'This magnificent modern compilation is quite breathtaking in its beauty and detail' - This England
'Beautifully crafted and lovingly presented ... a joy to behold' - The Garden, Royal Horticultural Society's magazine
'A feast of sensory delights' - Irish Examiner
'Monumental' - Financial Times, Summer Reads
'Breathtakingly beautiful ... readers of this florilegium are the beneficiaries of over two centuries of technical skills and artistic passion' - Sir Joseph Banks Society Magazine
'A timely reminder of the remarkable scientific achievements of that first, unique, never-to-be-repeated voyage of discovery' - Cook's Log