Leonardo Da Vinci's Note-Books

Leonardo Da Vinci's Note-Books

Leonardo Da Vinci's Note-Books

Leonardo Da Vinci's Note-Books

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The manuscripts of Leonardo da Vinci afford the chief existing proof of that extraordinary versatility with which he has been credited from the time of his earliest biographers downwards. They comprise the records and results of his studies in the theory of art and in various branches of mathematical and natural science, together with fragments of literary composition of a philosophical or imaginative character, and in addition much personal and biographical matter. The manuscripts in their present form consist of about twenty note-books and bound volumes or collections of loose sheets of various sizes, containing altogether more than four thousand pages. While on many of these there are only drawings or scientific diagrams with at most a few words of comment or explanation, others are covered with minute writing, which with the rarest exceptions is of the character known as 'left-handed' from the fact of its direction across the page being from right to left, and which is therefore most easily read by the use of a mirror. The contents of these manuscripts, with the exception of such parts as are contained in the compilation known as Leonardo Treatise on Painting, have up to the present time only been available to English readers in the edition . . .

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