As part of the Oxford Literature Festival, fine art publisher Joe Studholme explains the modern printing of Joseph Banks’ collection of botanical engravings and shows some of the fine illustrations.
Banks, a wealthy young naturalist, accompanied James Cook on his first voyage around the world between 1768 and 1771. He brought back 1,300 previously unknown species from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia and Java. He then commissioned 700 engravings as a scientific record that became known as Joseph Banks’ Florilegium.
Studholme is co-founder of fine-art publisher Editions Alecto. He carried out the printing of Joseph Banks’ Florilegium from the original copper plates between 1980 and 1990.