Lined Journal, Hand Made in Italy. Rich, embossed cover reproducing the title page from Journal of Sir Joseph Banks. Soft, simulated leather cover. Color: Tan. Cover Design: Joseph Banks was a young botanist and amateur scientist who accompanied Captain James Cook on his famous and dangerous first voyage into the pacific aboard the HMS Endeavor. His detailed first descriptions of the remote and exotic islands of the pacific ocean, such as Tahiti, enthralled his readers.