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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:50 pm    Post subject: Atlas of the Land Illustrations Reply with quote

I have been interested in purchasing a used copy of this book, but I was just curious what illustrations were inside the book itself.

I was looking at a fan site (http://theland.antgear.com/artwork.html) and saw some nice artwork of Andelain, Coercri and Kevin's Watch and was just curious if the artwork is found in this book or not.

I know there are diagrams of Soaring Woodhelvin and Revelstone but not much else.

Thanks for the help.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I need to get around to purchasing the Atlas of the Land, myself. It would makes re-reads more fun, to have this book open to the appropriate map while I read along... Reading Shocked Big Grin
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's by Karen Wynn Fonstad.

There are some pictures in the Album>Laborium.

Some of the pictures you saw might be from Realms of Fantasy. The Andelain in the forum title is.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where can I find this "Realms of Fantasy" book? Who is the author? I did a Google search and found what appears to be a series of magazines.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know. I just have dANdeLION's comment in the Laborium that says "From the book 'Realms Of Fantasy'", and "By Mark Harrison".

Mark Harrison's Art Blog says,
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Guy Coulson has sold three of my old book jacket artworks. They are "Caddoran", "Hunting The Last Dragon" and "Andelain". "Andelain" was an illustration of the fictional land in the Thomas Covenant series of books by Stephen Donaldson and was used in "Realms Of Fantasy" published by Paper Tiger in 1983.

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https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=22446322390

Now I am curious who Guy Coulson is. I tried to contact Mark Harrison about his Andelain artwork back in 2014, but I was unable to reach the correct Mark Harrison. Now he's gone and sold it to Guy Coulson. I think Coulson's the partner of John Avon, who also does fantasy artwork.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet. Just bought a hardcover copy off Abe.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let us know if it's good.

I know Andelain is in there. I think there's also a Foul's Creche, not sure.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently using my copy of the Atlas to help with running a D&D game, it's great for that.

The illustrations that it contains are all cartographical in style and nature, everything drawn to scale and includes all the iconic locations (and most, if not all, of the minor ones) in the first and second chronicles (as it was published before the third). There is no colour, no illustrations of characters or creatures of the land, nor anything that I would class as "artists impressions".

It also includes Haven Farm and the town, which is quite interesting.

If you're looking for flashy, impressive imagry, then it's not the book for you. If you're looking for a good way to get an idea of the true scale of the Land and the landmarks in it, it's fantastic.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I purchased a first edition copy of it anyway. I know it has detailed sketches of Soaring Woodhelvin and other places (even if it's not really a "flashy" image or whatever). I want to see if it gives any better insight into places like Mithil Stonedown.

It also seems that the Atlas is hard to find. I only found one first edition in hardcover online. I did see a lot of pristine looking book club editions, but I don't like how they are smaller and cheaply made.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a page for Mithil Stonedown with all the houses laid out, in relation to the Mithil river. There's a bit of blurb along side it too, so it should give you a little better idea about it.

The Atlas isn't easy to find, this is true. I was fortunate enough to find a fairly inexpensive hardcover copy about a year ago. I love it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maps are cool.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I received the Realms of Fantasy book, and I find it interesting enough. All of the Thomas Covenant-related artwork within the book can be found on the link in the OP, though. There's some biographical information about SRD as well. I didn't know that Lord Foul's Bane was rejected over 47 times by publishers and that SRD almost gave up on his writing career because of his difficulties getting stuff published.

The Atlas is pretty helpful. I've flipped through it and while most of the maps and diagrams were as I imagined the places in the books, it did clarify some issues I had with imagining how Revelstone and a couple other places looked.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha, yeah, talk about persistence.

Pity there's not more in it.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Maps are cool.

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Indeed. I'm a little obsessed with them, myself. Shocked Big Grin Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still have my copy of The Atlas of the Land, which was a gift from the mezzo-soprano many years ago (27, in fact). I was young and naive; she was older and self-centered. But enough about the past.
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