Sir Joseph Banks was one of the great figures of Georgian England, best known for participating as naturalist in Cook's Endeavour voyage (1768-71), as a patron of science and as the longest-serving President of the Royal Society (1778-1820). This volume brings together all Banks's papers concerning Iceland and the North Atlantic, scattered in repositories in Britain, the United States, Australia and Denmark, and most published here for the first time. A detailed introduction places them in historical context.
Anna Agnarsdottir is Professor of History at the University of Iceland. She was the President of the Historical Society in Iceland 2005-2011, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities 2002-2004, a member of the University Senate 2008-2012, and most recently Director of the Institute of History 2012-2015. She is a member of the Societas scientiarum Islandica, a Trustee of The Banks Archive Project and a national representative for The Hakluyt Society.