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“ The immense outlines
of Leonardo’s personality
one can forever surmise
from the distance only ”

( Jakob Burckhardt )

Leonardo da Vinci. Il Codice Atlantico. Edizione in Facsimile. Ed. under the patronage of the president of the republic. 12 volumes in the original size of 23¾ × 17½ in (60.2 × 44.5 cm). With innumerable illustrations true to the original in regard of color, size and fit on

2,136  plates

in  the  original  colors.  4,320 pages. – AUGUSTO MARIONI (ED.). Il Codice Atlantico. Transcrizione diplomatica e critica. 12 vols. in 4to (11¾ × 8⅝ in [29.7 × 22 cm], 2 sides uncut). 1973-80. Dark brown orig. leather vols.

One of 998 copies. –  The  most  monumental  Leonardo  with its plenty of most important studies gathered nowhere else on

Leonardo da Vinci, Codex Atlanticus

machines  –  technical  instruments  –  mechanic  devices
and  architectural  designs  for
civil , military  and  hydraulic  purposes .
On  astronomy , geometry  and  chemistry .

Illustrates  so  unbelievable  inventions  as

self-driving  vehicles  –  ships  sailing  below  water  –
mechanic  wings  for  the  dream  of  all  dreams
war  material  of  great  penetration  up  to  storming  and
defense  of  fortresses , most  detailed  plans  for  the  control  of  waterways .

In a prophetic sense showing ways “which were recovered 300 years after his death only and lead to the highest ends” (Rosenberg). The whole quintessence of that what already the young Leonardo hinted to Ludovico Sforza duke of Milan when he offered his services to him as war engineer and artist.

“ For  on  such  oral  conversations
the  content  of  a  strange  document  points
that  has  been  preserved
in  the  bequeathed  documents  of  Leonardo ,
and  that  in  the  famous  Codex  Atlanticus … ”

(Rosenberg by rendering those 10 promises for war and peace services flabbergasting still today).

But  also  just  artistically  the Codex Atlanticus is the revelation :

First  sketches  to  the  portrait  of  Beatrice  d’Este ,
studies  for  the  Adoration  of  the  Kings ,
for  the  picture  of  Leda , for  the  monument  of  Francesco  Sforza .

And finally the invaluable proofs of an outright breathtaking  architectural  talent :

The  sketches  and  designs  for  churches , domes  and  palaces

which  belonged  to  the  plan  of  a  whole  new  city ,

with  boldest  solutions

and  most  ideal  conditions  for  man

who  in  the  culture  of  the  Renaissance  was  the  center  of  the  universe .

Never realized as so many other. “If only the artist had taken the leisure to complete creations which still in their fragments will produce an after-effect through many centuries” (Rosenberg).

The  Codex  Atlanticus  is

the  résumé  of  the  work  by  a  man

Leonardo da Vinci, Codex Atlanticus

“ whom  to  create  is  no  longer  in  the  power  of  nature ”

as  Francesco  Melzi  wrote  as  27-year-old  to  Florence
and  Rosenberg  confirmed  400  years  later .

Passed over to Melzi Leonardo’s manuscripts – ca. 15 volumes – remained together till the death of the friend (1570). His son Horatio, however, finally sold 10 to Pompeo Leoni (d. 1610), 1st sculptor at the court of Philip II. This arranged the material in chronological order under addition of further drawings, but also copies and even fakes. With the result of at first two gigantic volumes which short time later figured as Codex Arundel and Codex Atlanticus. The latter comprises about ten original codices.

“ In its first systematic arrangement effected in the years 1582 to 1590 Pompeo Leoni organized the codex in a way that the image plates were glued onto a firm base and that so that small ‘windows’ could be opened to make the respective designation visible.

“ The monks of Grottaferrata (who since 1962 restored the codex at the command of Paul VI), who used Japan paper especially produced for this purpose, furnished the Leonardian image plates by a special method with a new strength and so achieved that the pages looked homogenous and uniform.  This way also  the  reverse  of  the  image  plates  inclusive of the previously covered margins became visible which before were not to be seen because of the attached frames as Leoni had have made them.

The  result  of  this  work  consisted  in  the  disclosure  of

numerous  drawings , annotations  and  notes  by  Leonardo .

Leonardo da Vinci, Codex Atlanticus

Today  the  codex  has  a  new  systematic  arrangement

so  that  the  original  sequence  of  the  sheets … emerges. ”

This all reflected by this facsimilation. Up to the bindings which were worked from one single (sic!) skin irrespective of their extraordinarily large size.

All  corresponds  in  absolute  truth  to  the  original .

Leonardo da Vinci, Codice Atlantico

And all revealed by the 12-volume transcription and commentation in Italian. In the same dark brown leather. An absolute edition.

Offer no. 29,112 / price on application

Leonardo – Pedretti, Carlo (ed.). The Codex Atlanticus. A Catalogue of Its Newly Restored Sheets. 2 vols. 1978. In-4. 256; 320 pp. With text ills. and 13 plates. Orig. cloth.

With a detailed introduction on history, composition and restoration of the Codex and a concise assessment of the vastness, complexity and variety of its contents encompassing the full range of Leonardo’s active life from about 1478 to his death in 1519. Thus spanning more than 40 unrepeatable years of a forever singular genius.

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