The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci [NOOK Book]

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Leonardo's writings are mostly in mirror-image cursive. The reason may have been more a practical expediency than for reasons of secrecy as is often suggested. Since Leonardo wrote with his left hand, it is probable that it was easier for him to write from right to left.

His notes and drawings display an enormous range of interests and preoccupations, some as mundane as lists of groceries and people who owed him money and some as intriguing as...
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The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

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Overview

Leonardo's writings are mostly in mirror-image cursive. The reason may have been more a practical expediency than for reasons of secrecy as is often suggested. Since Leonardo wrote with his left hand, it is probable that it was easier for him to write from right to left.

His notes and drawings display an enormous range of interests and preoccupations, some as mundane as lists of groceries and people who owed him money and some as intriguing as designs for wings and shoes for walking on water. There are compositions for paintings, studies of details and drapery, studies of faces and emotions, of animals, babies, dissections, plant studies, rock formations, whirl pools, war machines, helicopters and architecture.

These notebooks—originally loose papers of different types and sizes, distributed by friends after his death—have found their way into major collections such as the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, the Louvre, the Biblioteca Nacional de España, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan which holds the twelve-volume Codex Atlanticus, and British Library in London which has put a selection from its notebook BL Arundel MS 263 online. The Codex Leicester is the only major scientific work of Leonardo's in private hands. It is owned by Bill Gates, and is displayed once a year in different cities around the world.

Leonardo's notes appear to have been intended for publication because many of the sheets have a form and order that would facilitate this. In many cases a single topic, for example, the heart or the human foetus, is covered in detail in both words and pictures, on a single sheet. Why they were not published within Leonardo's lifetime is unknown.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013450622
  • Publisher: DB Publishing House
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    Not quite as it is described.

    When I bought this, I really wanted something with pictures. But despite the description saying there were none. I wanted to see sketches of concept inventions, but instead I got just an ordinary book.

    I'll read it, but I am not happy with the purchase.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2000

    Amazing...

    These notebooks...both Vol.1 and 2 show the mastermind at his very best. Not only was he an artist...he was a teacher, a visionary, an author, a poet, an architect, and a genius. These books showcase all of his attributes and let us know how amazing he really was.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Lenardo!!!!?? Lenardo!!!!!???

    I love Lenardo !!!! Ive wanted to be like him ever sience i was very little!!(;

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2004

    Leonardo

    Fascinating. Just to be able to read the work of the most prolific genius ever as well as observe his sketches and drawings is worth the time.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Nicoletesla- notebook

    Personal quote of the day: enjoy life in all its pleasures and joys, and empathize to its deepest sorrows. Entry: umm first notebook entry. I guess this is just kinda like a diary... you write what is happening in ur life and what ur thinking or feeling. So i guess thi is my daily journa layout: so each day, i put a quote, th an entry, then a daily feeling. Sooo todays daily feeling is.... bored. Its sunday. No wonder.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Pinkcheetahs notebook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    This is an awesome collection of notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

    This is an awesome collection of notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    hey

    so cool

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Leo/Masterpiece

    Piece of history in your hands. Italian and English. A must have....
    Get it now before it's too late.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Famous person!

    Famous person!

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