Tag Archives: Joseph Banks

To New Zealand and Back with Captain Cook

‘There’s something BIG up there!’ ‘Can it really have snow on it? It’s the middle of the summer!’ ‘It’ turned out to be Mount Tapuae-o-Uenuku (over 2800 m), looming over the coast and the rest of the Kaikoura Ranges, still … Continue reading

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The Naming Of Plants

An interesting article by Lia Leendertz in the September issue of the RHS journal, The Garden, about the importance, simplicity and universality of Latin nomenclature for plants: she and her Flemish hosts were able to converse (up to a point … Continue reading

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A Tour in Iceland

… was enjoyed by a great number of our authors, from Sir Joseph Banks to William Morris. These days, one thinks of volcanic ash and financial meltdown. For scholars and scientists like Banks and his Swedish assistant, friend and librarian … Continue reading

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5000 and Going Strong

We have just achieved a significant milestone in the life of the Cambridge Library Collection – our 5,000th book has just been published.

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A Compendious System

In trying times for all but a few authors and their publishers, technology seems to offer new ways of getting into print (whether real or virtual). Print-on-demand, for example, makes feasible such projects as the Cambridge Library Collection (where our … Continue reading

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