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The Multifarious Mr. BanksFrom Botany Bay to Kew, The Natural Historian Who Shaped the World$
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Toby Musgrave

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300223835

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300223835.001.0001

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To Iceland: The Independent Explorer

To Iceland: The Independent Explorer

(p.162) Five To Iceland: The Independent Explorer
The Multifarious Mr. Banks

Toby Musgrave

Yale University Press

This chapter talks about Joseph Banks's expedition from Iceland to a part of the Danish kingdom, which was suggested by Daniel Solander or Uno von Troil, a Swedish gentleman antiquarian and scientist. It discusses how popularity of vulcanology has possibly influenced Banks's decision for the expedition. It also mentions Bank's meeting with Johann Gerhard König, a Baltic–German botanist and physician, who botanised extensively in the same island as Bank's expedition. The chapter discusses naturalist-surgeon Bjarni Pálsson and Eggert Ólafsson who made a detailed study of the natural history of Iceland between 1752 and 17572. It describes Bank's visit to the Islay in the Hebridean island where he focused his expedition on antiquaries, culture and geology.

Keywords:   Joseph Banks, Iceland, Danish kingdom, Daniel Solander, Uno von Troil, volcanology, Johann Gerhard König, Bjarni Pálsson, Eggert Ólafsson

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