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Joseph Banks, Banks' Florilegium, Sydney Parkinson, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Banksia serrata, commonly known as Old Man Banksia, Saw Banksia, Saw-tooth Banksia and Red Honeysuckle, is a species of woody shrub or tree of the genus Banksia in the Proteaceae family. The plant is native to east coast Australia is

Joseph Banks, Banks' Florilegium, Sydney Parkinson, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Banksia serrata, commonly known as Old Man Banksia, Saw Banksia, Saw-tooth Banksia and Red Honeysuckle, is a species of woody shrub or tree of the genus Banksia in the Proteaceae family. The plant is native to east coast Australia is

Tahiti, Samuel Wallis, Joseph Banks, Captain James Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

On this day in 1769…

  Several days after returning to Tahiti from Mo‘orea following the 3 June transit of Venus, the Endeavour’s naturalist Joseph Banks took a walk in the woods, as he often did. While some of the men already suspected that another

Tahiti, Samuel Wallis, Joseph Banks, Captain James Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

On this day in 1769…

  Several days after returning to Tahiti from Mo‘orea following the 3 June transit of Venus, the Endeavour’s naturalist Joseph Banks took a walk in the woods, as he often did. While some of the men already suspected that another

Sydney Parkinson, Banks' Florilegium, Endeavour botanical illustrations, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Ficus parkinsonii was the name given to a type of Australian fig, which today is known by the trinomial moniker Ficus superba var. henneana. The specimen above was collected by the naturalist Joseph Banks on a brief visit to Booby

Sydney Parkinson, Banks' Florilegium, Endeavour botanical illustrations, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Ficus parkinsonii was the name given to a type of Australian fig, which today is known by the trinomial moniker Ficus superba var. henneana. The specimen above was collected by the naturalist Joseph Banks on a brief visit to Booby

Herbert James Draper, Odyssey, Homer, mermaids, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Sirens versus mermaids

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous creatures, portrayed as femmes fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets Virgil and Ovid located them on a

Herbert James Draper, Odyssey, Homer, mermaids, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Sirens versus mermaids

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous creatures, portrayed as femmes fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets Virgil and Ovid located them on a

Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Richard Corbould, transit of Venus, botany, astronomy, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical (and astronomical) illustration of the day

In the era of Enlightenment, books of knowledge, like Encyclopaedia Londinensis, published by English printer, bookseller and stationer John Wilkes in 1807, became more and more ambitious in their scope and scale. This is perhaps best illustrated by the book’s

Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Richard Corbould, transit of Venus, botany, astronomy, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical (and astronomical) illustration of the day

In the era of Enlightenment, books of knowledge, like Encyclopaedia Londinensis, published by English printer, bookseller and stationer John Wilkes in 1807, became more and more ambitious in their scope and scale. This is perhaps best illustrated by the book’s

Joseph Banks, transit of Venus, Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

On this day in 1769…

Captain James Cook, the Endeavour’s astronomer Charles Green and the rest of the men employed in observing the transit of Venus woke to fine weather and a clear view of the rare celestial event they’d traveled so far to see.

Joseph Banks, transit of Venus, Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

On this day in 1769…

Captain James Cook, the Endeavour’s astronomer Charles Green and the rest of the men employed in observing the transit of Venus woke to fine weather and a clear view of the rare celestial event they’d traveled so far to see.

The Great Southern Continent, Terra Australis, Cook's secret instructions, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Hints, secrets and the great unknown

With only a few days to go before the transit of Venus – the reason James Cook and his men voyaged to Tahiti in 1769 aboard the Endeavour – the captain was determined to do everything to ensure the operation

The Great Southern Continent, Terra Australis, Cook's secret instructions, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Hints, secrets and the great unknown

With only a few days to go before the transit of Venus – the reason James Cook and his men voyaged to Tahiti in 1769 aboard the Endeavour – the captain was determined to do everything to ensure the operation

Carl Linnaeus, Systema Naturae, sexual system, Georg Dionysius Ehret, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or bull bay, is a tree of the family Magnoliaceae native to the southeastern United States. It was one of the many species first described by Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in his

Carl Linnaeus, Systema Naturae, sexual system, Georg Dionysius Ehret, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or bull bay, is a tree of the family Magnoliaceae native to the southeastern United States. It was one of the many species first described by Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in his

astronomy, transit of Venus, John Bird, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

A quadrant, such as the one above, measures the altitude of celestial objects and was one of the key pieces of equipment the astronomer Charles Green needed to observe the transit of Venus from Tahiti in 1769. Used in combination

astronomy, transit of Venus, John Bird, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

A quadrant, such as the one above, measures the altitude of celestial objects and was one of the key pieces of equipment the astronomer Charles Green needed to observe the transit of Venus from Tahiti in 1769. Used in combination

Anne de Lenclos, courtesan, Joseph Banks, Ninon de l'Enclos, Tahiti, Oberea, Purea, Queen of Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The Coquette Avenged

Ninon de l’Enclos is a relatively obscure figure in the English-speaking world, but is much better known in France where her name is synonymous with wit and beauty. While this may be the case today, a generation after her death

Anne de Lenclos, courtesan, Joseph Banks, Ninon de l'Enclos, Tahiti, Oberea, Purea, Queen of Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The Coquette Avenged

Ninon de l’Enclos is a relatively obscure figure in the English-speaking world, but is much better known in France where her name is synonymous with wit and beauty. While this may be the case today, a generation after her death