Sir Joseph Banks, Iceland and the North Atlantic 1772-1820 / Journals, Letters and Documents: 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Sir Joseph Banks, Iceland and the North Atlantic 1772-1820 / Journals, Letters and Documents

1st Edition

Edited by Anna Agnarsdóttir

Hakluyt Society

682 pages

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Sir Joseph Banks was one of the great figures of Georgian England, best known for participating as naturalist in Cook's Endeavour voyage (1768-71), as a patron of science and as the longest-serving President of the Royal Society (1778-1820). This volume brings together all Banks's papers concerning Iceland and the North Atlantic, scattered in repositories in Britain, the United States, Australia and Denmark, and most published here for the first time. A detailed introduction places them in historical context.


"Ash and cod have long dominated foreigners' notions of Iceland. While other countries' ships fished the well-stocked seas, naturalists found the island's glacial ice and volcanic fire fascinating. First-hand information was scarce; some even wrote the island's natural history without ever going there. The first British survey was led by Joseph Banks in 1772. At a key moment in the invention of romantic aesthetics and in North Atlantic politics, Banks' journals and letters offer a gripping story of science and travel. They are now available in the Hakluyt Society's fine edition." - Simon Schaffer, History Today

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction: Banks and Iceland; Textual introduction; Introduction to the journals; The Iceland journal of Sir Joseph Banks I: from 12 July 1772 to 6 September 1772; The Iceland journal of Sir Joseph Banks II; The Iceland journal of James Roberts; Calendar of letters and documents; The Iceland correspondence and documents of Sir Joseph Banks, 1772-1820; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

About the Editor

Anna Agnarsdóttir is Professor of History at the University of Iceland. She was the President of the Historical Society in Iceland 2005-2011, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities 2002-2004, a member of the University Senate 2008-2012, and most recently Director of the Institute of History 2012-2015. She is a member of the Societas scientiarum Islandica, a Trustee of The Banks Archive Project and a national representative for The Hakluyt Society.

About the Series

Hakluyt Society, Third Series

Routledge is pleased to be the publisher for the Hakluyt Society.

The Hakluyt Society has for its object the advancement of knowledge and education, particularly in relation to the understanding of world history. The society publishes scholarly editions of primary sources on the 'Voyages and Travels' undertaken by individuals from many parts of the globe. These address the geography, ethnology and natural history of the regions visited, covering all continents and every period over the last two thousand years. Such texts, many previously available only in manuscript or in unedited publications in languages other than English, are the essential records of the stages of inter-continental and inter-cultural encounter.

Established in 1846, the Society has to date published over 350 volumes. All editions are in English. Although a substantial number of the Society's past editions relate to British ventures, with documentary sources in English, the majority concern non-British enterprises and are based on texts in languages other than English. Material originally written in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French or Dutch has regularly appeared, material in Russian, Greek, Latin, Ethiopic, Chinese, Persian or Arabic occasionally.

All editions contain an introduction and scholarly annotation, giving both the general reader and the student a degree of assistance in understanding the material and providing guidance on the relevance of the episodes described, within the context of global development and world history. Volumes are often generously furnished with maps and contemporary illustrations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century