Lot 9
  • 9

Banks, Joseph

1,500 - 2,000 GBP
2,250 GBP
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  • Banks, Joseph
  • A group of 17 autograph letters to Banks on his candidacy for President of the Royal Society, including by:
  • ink on paper
Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer, Daines Barrington, Sir Joseph Ayloffe, Samuel Glasse, Charles Rainsford, and William Wales, all November 1788; also 3 later letters to Banks by Sir David Pollock (2) and Nicholas Carlisle; altogether 20 letters, damp staining, some letters weakened and with tears

Catalogue Note

The eminent naturalist Joseph Banks (1743-1820) stood successfully for election as President of the Royal Society in 1788. This cache of letters reveals his assiduous campaigning and the widespread support he was able to muster among the fellowship of the society. He was to remain as President of the Society for more than thirty years.