Friday, 31 July 2020
Readers of topics during the reign of George III will be keen to look at a new Yale biography of a significant natural scientist from the Age of Enlightenment, Sir Joseph Banks. ‘The Multifarious Mr. Banks: From Botany Bay to Kew, the Natural Historian Who Shaped the World’ by Toby Musgrave is described by the publisher as showing “...the true extent of Banks’s contributions to science and Britain.” Banks needs no introduction to Australians; he landed in Botany Bay with Cook in April 1770 on the latter’s first visit to the continent. Banks returned to London to make Kew Gardens as the world’s leading botanical garden. Yale UK chose the release date with an eye for detail; it was released on the 250th anniversary of the event. The book will show readers not aware of Banks his importance to natural science in Britain and the world. Published 28 April 2020. ISBN 9780300223835.