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Download Amarant: The Flora and Fauna of Atlantis epub

by Una Woodruff

Drawings depict imaginary plants, supposedly growing on the island of Atlantis, that whimsically resemble insects, birds, and animals
Download Amarant: The Flora and Fauna of Atlantis epub
ISBN: 0399126252
ISBN13: 978-0399126253
Category: Science
Subcategory: Biological Sciences
Author: Una Woodruff
Language: English
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group; First edition (April 1, 1983)
Pages: 128 pages
ePUB size: 1812 kb
FB2 size: 1355 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 120
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Absolutely fabulous (literally), an artist's unleashed imagination. This illustrator seems to have produced two books in the 1970 of "chimeras", that is, mash ups of different animals and plants, masquerading as actual science. Beautifully executed, these are mind-bending.
Good shape, amazing book, good pictures, fascinating history, best price! I would like to meet this book some years ago. For researchers.
The Flora and Fauna of Atlantis
By A Lady Botanist

Una Woodruff
Text by Dragon's World Ltd.

Putnam (G.P. Putnam's Sons; Paper Tiger) New York, 1981

Extract from the Introduction:

"The curious drawings reproduced in this book have been taken from the notebooks of a seventeenth century artist, who specialised in botany, Lady Elizabeth Hurnshaw (1651-1703).
It appears, from the diaries which accompanied the drawings, that Lady Elizabeth set off to stay with relatives in America in 1681. She never arrived due to a remakable incident but instead found herself on an island, which is to this day unmarked on the map. This island was called 'Amarantos' by the people who lived there but according to legend, even in Lady Elizabeth's time, it once, a long time ago had been called 'Atlantis'.
Lady Elizabeth spent nearly twenty years studying and drawing the strange flora of Amarantos. It was obvious that some great cosmic catastrophe in the past had caused the flora, and indeed, all vegetation on the island to mutate. This mutation had only beneficial effects on the Amarantines. They became total vegetarians and lived a life of peace unknown to the 'civilized world'.
Eventually Lady Elizabeth returned to England. She brought with her a collection of remarkable drawings and diaries."

The introduction continues with the fictional tale of how artist Una Woodruff found the diaries and paintings. Then we have a biography of Lady Elizabeth and a recounting of her adventures and of how she married the king of Atlantis and made a full botanical survey of the island, followed by her later return to England and the publication of the paintings.

Amarant is a very imaginative book, quite different from what you normally expect from a fantasy artist. It consists of a single idea carried out in a myriad of variations, namely: what would you get from crossing a plant with an animal? This may sound dull or absurd, but you only need to see any of the paintings and drawings in the book to realize how wonderfully was this concept/idea executed by the artist.

As a child I had this particular book as one of my favorites, and nowadays, all grown-up and knowing much better about art and fantasy, I still regard Woodruff's as one of the most original and innovative publications I've ever seen in this field. I absolutely recommend it to everyone with a little imagination.

The only bad thing about this book is that it has been out of print for almost thirty years now. Good thing many bookstores still have it through Amazon.

This book blew me away. It's exquisite and it's accompanying history is fascinating. For any serious lover of the glorious and unusual this is a must see.