Editions: First and second Third

Selected Works of Leonardo da Vinci, third edition

Task: to republish an academic translation of selected works of Leonardo da Vinci.

The many fragments of Leonardo da Vinci’s manuscripts that have survived to the present day cover an incredible variety of areas and show how far ahead of his time Leonardo was. This collection of his literary work has been carefully translated and compiled to bring out the enormous range of his interests and convey the versatility of his artistic and scientific genius.

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The first volume represents da Vinci’s scientific and engineering explorations. The second one is the book of Leonardo the Artist, which also includes his fables, facetiae and predictions.

Da Vinci’s writing is complemented by reproductions of the sketches and drawings from his manuscripts, and exhaustive translators’ commentary.

This set reproduces the classic two volume edition published in 1935 by Academia as part of series entitled Art History. The first volume features corrections made by translator Vasily Zubov on the margins of his personally owned copy.

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Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519): a famous artist, scientist and thinker, the giant of the High Renaissance, whose deep practical and theoretical interests included painting, architecture, sculpture, and natural sciences, such as mathematics, physics, anatomy, and natural philosophy.

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  • Hardcover
  • 444 and 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 144×215 mm (5,7″×8,5″)
  • Press run: 3000
  • ISBN 978-5-98062-042-4
  • Art. Lebedev Studio would like to thank Maria Zubova for her assistance in putting together the first volume
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