Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles (1781-1826) is best known today as the founder of Singapore, but he was also a passionate scholar of all aspects of the Malay world who formed a superb collection of drawings and manuscripts during nearly twenty years in Southeast Asia in the service of the East India Company. "Raffles' Ark Redrawn" is a fully illustrated catalogue of the 120 natural history drawings of the "Raffles Family Collection", acquired by the British Library in 2007. The story of these colourful drawings of plants, birds and mammals, by Chinese and French artists, is a dramatic one, as the majority were made for Raffles on Sumatra in a mere ten weeks in early 1824. Immediately prior to this Raffles and his wife had set sail for Britain on the Fame, after six years in Sumatra (during which he founded Singapore), laden with 2-3000 similar drawings, priceless Malay manuscripts, animal specimens and living animals including a tiger specially tamed for the voyage - a 'veritable Noah's Ark'. The ship caught fire with the loss of all the collections, and the present drawings are those made to replace the lost ones, together with some earlier drawings made in Penang for William Hunter.
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Descrizione libro British Library Publishing Divis, 2009. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. New, mint condition. Orders are despatched from our UK warehouse next working day. Codice libro della libreria 19823
Descrizione libro British Library, 2009. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0712350845
Descrizione libro 2009. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Very well illustrated, large horizontal 8vo, pp 180, paperback, a very good new copy. [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.]. Codice libro della libreria 009774
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97807123508461.0