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Lucy Cranwell Lecture 2019 - David J Mabberley

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LECTURE: SIR JOSEPH BANKS AND HIS FLORILEGIUM

Join the Auckland Botanical Society and the Auckland Museum Institute for a lecture with David J Mabberley at the Auckland Museum Auditorium on April 3rd. Entry is via the Grand Foyer from 6.15pm, with the lecture commencing at 7pm.

One of the most expensive botanical projects ever was one involving the first depiction of New Zealand plants, those seen during Cook's first Pacific voyage. The proposed writing up of the botany of that voyage was never completed and the plates were not issued in colour until the 1980s. Only in 2017 was a selection of the very best published in a format available to the average person. David Mabberley will tell the story of the project in the context of the European knowledge of Australasian botany in the eighteenth century and since. Some of Banks's specimens have been returned to New Zealand and he will discuss the importance of these to modern research in New Zealand and elsewhere.

Some of the original specimens and the 1980s prints in the ownership of the Museum should be on display for the evening. David's book, 'Sir Joseph Banks' Florilegium' (Thames and Hudson), will be for sale and David will be available to sign copies after his presentation.

David J. Mabberley AM, DSc is a British-born Australian botanist, educator and writer. He was consecutively founding Director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens (Seattle, USA); Keeper of the Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (United Kingdom); and Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (Australia). He is now an Emeritus Professor in the University of Leiden (The Netherlands), Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, University of Oxford (United Kingdom), Honorary Fellow of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, and Adjunct Professor, Macquarie University, Sydney. Among his varied academic interests are the taxonomy of tropical trees as well as the history of science and botanical art. Internationally he is perhaps best known as author of the award-winning Mabberley’s Plant-book: a portable dictionary of plants, their ­­classification and uses, now in its fourth edition. He has written twenty-three books of which Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage was awarded the American Botanical Council’s annual James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award for 2017 and was shortlisted for Apollo Awards Book of the Year 2018 in London.

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