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  1. A voyage of discovery Joseph Banks Esq (1774) by Sir Joshua Reynolds Sir Joseph Banks (c.1814) by Thomas Phillips JOSEPH BANKS Joseph Banks was born on 13 February 1743, the son of a wealthy Lincolnshire landowner. He was educated at both Harrow and Eton, where he first became interested in botany, in preference to Greek and Latin. In December 1760 he went up to Christ Church, Oxford as a gentleman commoner. Finding that Humphrey Sibthorpe, the Botany Professor, gave no lectures he rode over to ...
  2. ABOUT ALECTO ABOUT ALECTO The Banks’ Florilegium printing studio at 15 Appold Street, London EC2 Editions Alecto has a distinguished history as a publisher of limited edition prints, engravings, and facsimiles, partnering with prestigious artists and institutions to produce fine art works of exceptional quality. Founded in the late 1950’s by a group of Oxford and Cambridge undergraduates, Editions Alecto initially specialised...
  3. About AHE (home page) Welcome to Alecto Historical Editions, publishers of rare and exclusive EDITIONS of famous historical SERIEShand-PRINTED by master craftsMEN in OUR OWN STUDIOS Banks' Florilegium comprises 743 ENGRAVINGS of plants gathered by SIR JOSEPH BANKS and DR DANIEL SOLANDER on Captain JAMES COOK'S First Voyage round the World in HM Bark Endeavour, 1768-71
  4. About B F Banks' Florilegium comprises 743 ENGRAVINGS of plants gathered by SIR JOSEPH BANKS and DR DANIEL SOLANDER on Captain JAMES COOK'S First Voyage round the World in HM Bark Endeavour, 1768-71 Banks' Florilegium comprises 743 ENGRAVINGS of plants gathered by SIR JOSEPH BANKS and DR DANIEL SOLANDER on Captain JAMES COOK'S First Voyage round the World in HM Bark Endeavour, 1768-71
  5. About Banks' Florilegium BANKS' FLORILEGIUM Banks' Florilegium comprises the 743 botanical engravings of plants collected by Sir Joseph Banks and Dr Daniel Carl Solander in Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java on Captain James Cook’s first voyage round the world in His Majesty’s Bark Endeavour, 1768 – 1771. Banks' Florilegium comprises the 743 botanical engravings of plants collected by Sir Joseph Banks and Dr Daniel Carl Solander in Madeira, Brazil...
  6. Bodmer's America BODMER’S AMERICA: KARL BODMER’S ILLUSTRATIONS TO PRINCE MAXIMILIAN OF WIED-NEUWIED’S TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF NORTH AMERICA 1832 - 1834 Photograph of Karl Bodmer, Published in G. Schéfer (ed.), Galerie contemporaine, littéraire, artistique (1877) Portrait of Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied, engraving by Hein...
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  8. FAQ QUALITY & SPECIFICATIONS • What quality can be expected from an AHE print? The Florilegium plates are unique because Banks insisted that every botanical detail should be cut into the copper plate, so that even when printed in black the impressions could be used for scientific study. Every turn of a leaf or twist of a stem is determined by the width and depth of the engraved line. This gives the Florilegium plates unparalleled levels of d...
  9. Ferdinand Bauer's Illustrationes Florae Novae Hollandiae FERDINAND BAUER’S ILLUSTRATIONES FLORAE NOVAE HOLLANDIAE1806-13 The 15 plates which make up this publication were stipple-engraved on copper by Ferdinand Bauer between 1806 and 1813 after his watercolours drawn from nature on Captain Matthew Flinders' circumnavigation of Australia in HMS Investigator 1801-1803. Both plates and watercolours are now in the collection...
  10. Jean Dubuffet Banque de l'hourloupe JEAN DUBUFFET (1901-1985) BANQUE DE L'HOURLOUPECartes à jouer et à tirer 52 Playing Cards with a title card screen printed on card in combinations of red, white, black and blue with reverse side printed in white, violet and black with number and title. Example of playing cards from Dubuffet's Banque de L'Hou...
  11. John James Audubon's Birds of America SIX PLATES FROM JOHN JAMES AUDUBON’S BIRDS OF AMERICA Published in 1985 by Alecto Historical Editions, in association with the American Museum of Natural History, to celebrate the bi-centenary of Audubon’s birth. Printed in colours à la poupée, they are the first impressions to be taken from the original plates since Audubon’s own day. Th...
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  13. Mattioli's Herbal NINE WOODCUTS FROM PIETRO ANDREAS MATTIOLI'S 1562 HERBALCommentarii in sex libros Pedacii Dioscoridis de medica materia printed from the original 16th century woodblocks,designed and cut on pearwoodby Giorgio Liberale (1527 – 79) and Wolfgang Meyerpeck (1505 – 788) Block no 530: Eruca sativa (Rocket) of Mattioli's Her...
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  17. William Daniell's Voyage Round Great Britain WILLIAM DANIELL'S A VOYAGE ROUND GREAT BRITAIN 1814-1825 Portrait of William Daniell (unknown) Born in Surrey in 1769 to a family of humble origins, William Daniell was effectively raised by his uncle, the landscape artist Thomas Daniell, who he was sent to live with after his father’s death in 1779. William learned his trade assisting his uncle, who he accompanied to Indi...
  18. printing Banks' Florilegium In 1979, Alecto Historical Editions (AHE) approached the British Museum (Natural History) with the idea of printing and publishing a first complete edition of Banks’ Florilegium. The plates, nearly a ton of finest copper, were still stored, encased in their original wrappers, on the bottom shelf of a cupboard in the Botany Library. Joseph Banks, although he had intended to publish them, for a number of reasons, never fulfilled this ambition. The Natural History Museum and AHE moved ahead to p...
  19. the prints - technical information THE PRINTS - TECHNICAL INFORMATION BANKS' FLORILEGIUM The plates are virtually uniform in size: 18 x 12 inches (457 x 305 mm). The paper is acid free Somerset mould-made 300 gsm, each sheet watermarked ‘AHE’, produced in a special making by the Inveresk Paper Company: 28 ½ x 21 7/8 inches (724 x 556 mm). The engravings are printed in colour à la poupée, up to fifteen colours being worke...