A bold new history of how botany and global plant collecting – centred at Kew Gardens and driven by Joseph Banks – transformed the earth.
Botany was the darling and the powerhouse of the eighteenth century. As European ships ventured across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, discovery bloomed. Bounties of new plants were brought back, and their arrival meant much more than improved flowerbeds – it offered a new scientific frontier that would transform Europe’s industry, medicine, eating and drinking habits, and even fashion.
Joseph Banks was the dynamo for this momentous change. As botanist for James Cook’s great voyage to the South Pacific on the Endeavour, Banks collected plants on a vast scale, armed with the vision – as a child of the Enlightenment – that to travel physically was to advance intellectually. His thinking was as intrepid as Cook’s seafaring: he commissioned radically influential and physically daring expeditions such as those of Francis Masson to the Cape Colony, George Staunton to China, George Caley to Australia, William Bligh to Tahiti and Jamaica, among many others.
Jordan Goodman’s epic history follows these high seas adventurers and their influence in Europe, as well as taking us back to the early years of Kew Gardens, which Banks developed devotedly across the course of his life, transforming it into one of the world’s largest and most diverse botanical gardens.
In a rip-roaring global expedition, based on original sources in many languages, Goodman gives a momentous history of how the discoveries made by Banks and his collectors advanced scientific understanding around the world.
We dispatch daily from the UK and all standard delivery orders are sent by Royal Mail 2nd Class post. Expedited orders are sent by DPD or Royal Mail 24hr signed for service. Orders received before 2:00pm will be dispatched the same working day.
Free UK Delivery
Royal Mail 2nd Class
|3-5 Working Days||Free|
Next Working Day
(Orders by 2pm)
|Standard Delivery||5-7 Working Days||£6.99 per item|
Rest of the World Orders
|Standard Delivery||7-10 Working Days||£9.99 per item|
If you would like to purchase a large quantity of items, please contact us for a tailored delivery quote.
Payment & Security
Your payment information is processed securely. We do not store credit card details nor have access to your credit card information.