The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci :: Edward MacCurdy

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci :: Edward MacCurdy soon to be presented for sale on the dazzling BookLovers of Bath web site!

London: Jonathan Cape, 1956, Hardback in dust wrapper.

2nd edition, 11st printing, first published 1938 thus. Includes: Black & white plates; Contents: Volume 1: Philosophy; Aphorisms; Anatomy; Comparative anatomy; Physiology; Natural history; Human proportions; Medicine; Optics; Acoustics; Astronomy; Botany; Geology; Physical geography; Topographical notes; Atmosphere; Flight; Flying machine; Movement and weight; Mathematics; Volume 2: The nature of water; Hydraulics; Canalization; Experiments; Inventions; Warfare; Naval warfare; Comparison of the arts; Precepts of the painter; Colour; Landscape; Light and shade; Perspective; Artists’ materials; Commissions; Sculpture; Casting; Architecture; Music; Tales; Jests; Fables; A bestiary; Allegory; Prophecies; Personalia; Letters; Dated notes; Books; Miscellaneous;

From the cover: The earliest reference to the manuscripts of Leonardo da Vinci occurs in the diary of the secretary of a Cardinal of Aragon who visited Leonardo in his house near Amboise. He speaks of having seen an infinite number of volumes which if they should be published will be profitable and very enjoyable. These were dispersed soon after Leonardos death and the majority, after various vicissitudes, have passed into the national libraries of Milan, Paris and London and the royal libraries at Turin and Windsor. The work of transliterating their contents which are written in looking-glass writing has taken some fifty years to complete.

Numbering more than five thousand pages of size ranging from approximately 2½ inches by 4, to 12 by 20, s…

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrappers a little edgeworn and faded with heavier toning to the spines which are worn at the end. Slip case tatty and age-toned. Text complete, clean and tight.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 610/556 pages. Index. 8¾” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I beguile you with my offerings from my intriguing Science catalogue?

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