Press Release: The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Arranged and translated by Edward MacCurdy
Introduced by Charles Nicholl
Preface by Edward MacCurdy
‘Just when you think you’ve got a handle on his talents, he wrong-foots you by excelling in another field altogether’
Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, this magnificent Folio collector’s edition reveals his brilliance in three beautifully illustrated volumes with stunning gold-blocked bindings.
The genius of Leonardo da Vinci has never been rivalled. In the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, he created the most iconic images in Western art but his brilliance extended well beyond these masterpieces: da Vinci bequeathed the most extraordinarily diverse body of written work ever created by one individual and his notebooks are among the most precious documents in the world.
This commemorative edition uses the classic 1938 Edward MacCurdy text and includes writing on almost every subject imaginable: anatomy, medicine, engineering, optics, architecture, hydraulics, botany and natural history. His personal notes offer insights into his passions, preoccupations and eccentricities, while a detailed index allows for easy navigation. Almost 100 of his exquisite drawings have been reproduced to exceptionally high quality: preparatory drawings for The Last Supper, anatomical diagrams such as The Vitruvian Man, and sketches of inventions – including his designs for a flying machine, created hundreds of years before others dared dream of taking to the air.
Also included are two insightful essays that tell us more about da Vinci and his writings: one by da Vinci biographer Charles Nicholl, and the other by translator, editor and da Vinci expert Edward MacCurdy.
3 volume set. Quarter-bound in leather, with printed cloth sides. Set in Bembo. 1,432 pages in total. 102 colour illustrations in total. Gilded page tops. Cloth slipcase with printed inset label. Ribbon markers. 9½˝ x 6¼˝
UK £195.00 US $299.00 Can $385.00 Aus $439.00
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