Kay Lancaster (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 27 Jan 1998 15:04:16 -0800 (PST)

On Tue, 27 Jan 1998, Kevin McCorkle wrote:

> ps. I have read that the botanical engravings that were done by the
> artist during that voyage (and who died during the voyage) were recently
> printed for the first time and released in a bound volume in 1986. Has
> anyone on the list had a chance to view this collection of prints? (I
> have not, but am "itching" to do so.) 

I know of one done in 1983, and they're glorious prints indeed.  Parkinson
did watercolors of the plants and animals he encounterd; Banks personally
supervised the production of engravings from Parkinson's watercolors.
They are *superb*.  It's obvious Parkinson saw the plants "in the
flesh", rather than just as pressed herbarium specimens.  Banks wasn't
a bad artist himself, but Parkinson was head and shoulders above him.

Try asking for:

Title:  Sydney Parkinson : artist of Cook's Endeavour voyage / D.J. Carr,
Publication info:  London : British Museum (Natural History) in
         association with Croom Helm, 1983. 
Physical description: xv, 300 p. : ill. (some col.), 1 facsim., maps,
         ports. (some col.) ; 25 cm.  

Easier yet is to hop over to the Missouri Botanical Garden website,
read the page on "Bank's Florilegium" and click on the two prints in
the top of the page... Clianthus puniceus is "glory pea" from New
Zealand; nice for in the greenhouse or if you're in about zones 9 or 10.
Calystegia turguriorum is a bindweed relative, Australian, if I recall.

Kay Lancaster    kay@fern.com
just west of Portland, OR; USDA zone 8

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