The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

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by Leonardo Da Vinci
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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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ISBN-13:
2940013450622
Publisher:
DB Publishing House
Publication date:
11/30/2011
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NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Mr_Erich_Davis More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lenardo !!!! Ive wanted to be like him ever sience i was very little!!(;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome collection of notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Famous person!
uffa More than 1 year ago
Piece of history in your hands. Italian and English. A must have.... Get it now before it's too late.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Karen Jackson Porter More than 1 year ago
so cool