Have you ever considered what goes into publishing a book? How about a book published in 1784? Come behind the scenes with Curator, Susannah Helman and discover the remarkable manuscripts that show us how Joseph Banks project-managed the official account of Cook's last voyage.

Library Curator, Susannah Helman, will take viewers behind-the-scenes of the current season’s iteration of the Library’s Treasures Gallery in this series.


Joseph Banks, Presents (Distribution List for Copies of the Official Account), 1783–1784, c.1783, nla.obj-222988718 

Read Susannah’s blog post, Publishing a book in 1784

The manuscript mentioned in this digital tour is:

  • An Account of the Expence of the First Edition of Capt. Cook’s Voyage, 1783–1784, Papers of Sir Joseph Banks (Manuscripts), nla.cat-vn2049605