Raffles' Ark redrawn: natural history drawings from the collection of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles
By Henry J. Noltie
This beautiful volume with over 100 stunning natural history drawings of plants, birds and animals was originally commissioned by the pioneering natural scientist Sir Stamford Raffles. The intricate illustrations form what remained from Raffles' time in Sumatra, after his original collection burnt along with his ship just offshore in 1824. The majority of this remarkable collection, therefore, represents the work of just ten weeks, and offered an insight into unexplored flora and fauna for contemporary Western eyes. Recently purchased by the British Library as part of the Raffles Family Collection, the drawings are virtually unstudied and this title brings them to a new audience in their original brilliance.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has long term connections with Indonesian and Malaysian botany, having undertaken work on the flora of the region, including current research on the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). This title is a celebration of the beauty and diversity of the region with the remarkable detail captured in stunning full-page colour. It details the works as well as offering background information on Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, his life and work, and also the wider collections and the artists he employed. A wonderful book for botanists, naturalists, historians and art-lovers alike.
Paperback, 180pp, 216 x 242mm, full colour illustrations throughout