Solander Box

Daniel Charles Solander (1736-1782) was a renowned Swedish Botanist who came to England on the advice of his tutor Linnaeus to become Assistant Librarian, and afterwards Keeper of Printed Books, at the British Museum. He also travelled on the ‘Endeavour’ with Captain Cook on his expedition to the Pacific. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and acted as Secretary and Librarian to Sir Joseph Banks, the eminent scientist. Although unsuccessful attempts were made to commemorate his name his legacy lives on in the useful book-form box he designed. The Solander box is still considered the most satisfactory case for storing and viewing prints.

Today our Solander boxes are handmade and incorporate the latest archival materials in order to create an acid-free environment to protect the contents.

The Supreme is made with a plywood frame, an acid-free archival standard boxboard top, bottom and shoulders, lined throughout with acid-free paper and finally covered in fine Library Buckram. The design also incorporates a polythene barrier between the plywood frame and the acid-free shoulder. A card holder is also fitted to the spine.

The Denbigh similar to the Supreme but the Denbigh is lined throughout with ‘Benchkote’ paper backed polythene.

As all boxes are handmade to order they can also be customised with Attache fasteners and other accessories as required.

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