The Library has recently been able to complete its set of The Banks’ florilegium, after acquiring a set of the plates covering the Australian plants described by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander and illustrated by Sydney Parkinson during the first of James Cook’s voyages of exploration.
Jan McDonald, Rare Books Librarian, will show off some of the magnificent plates in the florilegium and place them in the context of the development of scientific botanical illustration in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
About the speaker
Jan McDonald is State Library Victoria’s Rare Books Librarian. She has a fascination with the development of scientific botanical illustration in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Melbourne Rare Book Week
This free event is presented as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week (30 June – 9 July), celebrating books, the printed word and literary heritage.