25 September, 2013

Leonardo's Manuscripts

"The Book of the science of Mechanics must precede the Book of useful inventions. -- Have your books on anatomy bound" -Leonardo

Taken from the Codex Madrid
Whether he intended his books and manuscripts to be bound for himself, or if he meant to publish them for others, I think it is a benefit to have your drawings bound in a book versus a loosely unbound collection. How often did Leonardo bind his notes and what were the dimensions? Is it an advantage to work loosely and then bind? These are all interesting questions. I know that the majority of Leonardo's notes and sketchbooks were of a size that could easily be portable, yes? They weren't all different sizes or unwieldy.

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