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Leonardo DA VINCI (Author)

Institute de France.

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Leonardo da Vinci.
35 x 50 cm.
Hand made. Gold engraved leather on wooden board.
Book and wood dust jacket.
Special “Dali” paper by Poliedra. “La Chiave di lettura” critical apparatus and editing system: numbered references are placed on transparent paper, referring to the key features of Leonardo’s original drawings and letters, enabling his work to be studied and these points commented in separate notes. 196 facsimile drawings.




These manuscripts are held in the Institute de France and are composed by 12 paper manuscripts, some of these are hand bound in parchment, others in leather and some others in cardboard.

They have different sizes; the smaller is the manuscript M (10 x 7 cm) and the biggest is the manuscript C (31,5 x 22 cm). For convenience, they are denominated with an alphabetic letter, from A to M and there are totally 964 papers.

These manuscripts deal with a lot of different topics: military art, optics, the flight of birds, hydraulics. Most of these papers may be dated between 1492 and 1516.

IBIC Rating:

AC History of art / art & design styles
ACN History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600
ACND Renaissance art
AFC Painting & paintings
AFF Drawing & drawings
AFJ Other graphic art forms
AFT Decorative arts
HBJD European history
HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
WCS Antiques & collectables: books, manuscripts, ephemera & printed matter

1D Europe
1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain
1DDF France
1DST Italy
2ADT Italian