Leonardo Da Vinci: The Marvellous Works of Nature and Man

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Although this necessarily selective list has been compiled specifically to acknowledge the sources which have played the most prominent roles in the preparation of this book in its orginal form and to a lesser extent in its revised version, I hope it will also serve the needs of anyone who wishes to pursue further investigations through the citing of standard source and reference works. Inevitably, I have been able to list only a small selection of even the important literature that has poured forth from 1981 to 2005.

The bibliography is classified in sections corresponding to the divisions of the text. Within the first section I have included all those sources and authors mentioned in the prefaces. Within the sections relating to each chapter, the sources are arranged in an order broadly corresponding to the sequence of subjects in the text. Reference to previously cited literature is by number.

The journal Raccolta Vinciana, ed. P. Marani in Milan, publishes important bibliographical updates, as did Achademia Leonardi Vinci, ed. C. Pedretti.


Leonardo's writings in facsimile and transcription

The Italian publisher Giunti is producing the new Edizione Nazionale of all the manuscripts and drawings. This series of volumes is superceding those listed below as the sources for the first edition of this book. At the time of writing, the following are available: the Codice Atlantico in the Ambrosiana; the Codice Trivulziana in the Archivio di Stato in Milan; the Arundel Codex in the British Museum; the Forster Codices in the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Madrid Codices; MSS A to M in the Institut de France; the Turin Codex on the flight of birds and the drawings in Turin; various of the Windsor drawings as noted below; the drawings in the Uffizi; and the drawings in American collections. Juliana Barone and I are preparing the volume on the drawings in British Collections (other than Windsor).

MSS. A. to M.: Les Manuscrits de Léonard de Vinci. Manuscrit A. (etc.), ed. C. Ravaisson-Mollien, 6 vols, Paris, 1881–91.

MSS. A. and B.: I Manoscritti e i Disegni di Leonardo da Vinci, Reale Commissione Vinciana, Rome, 1938 and 1941. MSS. A. to D. are also available in the more recent French eds by A. Corbeau and N. De Toni, and now in translation as The manuscripts of


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