Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds
Facsimile Reproduction of the Codex in the Library of Turin
Full Leather Binding and Slipcase
This is a beautifully produced treatment for the first facsimile of "Codex on the Flight of Birds” to capture the appearance and feel of the original as well as having the original sheets in their proper order and orientation. Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (Johnson Reprint Services Division) New York in 1982, the publication consists of a reference volume and the Codex. The reference volume is written in Italian and English with the English translation by Doris Fienga appearing side by side with the Italian. Editor Augusto Marinoni from the Biblioteca di S.M. il re (Turin, Italy) where the Codex resides edited the reference volume.
Peter Jakab, chief curator of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, provides a wonderful explanation of the Codex and its significance, “The Codex on the Flight of Birds is a bound notebook of 18 two-sided pages that Leonardo covered with sketches and notes in his characteristic mirror script. In it he examines how birds fly, principles of aerodynamics and what kind of machine might be able to duplicate natural flight. Leonardo wrote it in 1505-6, almost 400 years before the Wright brothers’ flight, and he made prototypes of several of the machines drawn in the notebook, none of which worked, alas. Still, the concepts he explored — like how air acts like a fluid when it moves over a bird’s wing or how a bird’s center of gravity and center of pressure are different — are some of the building blocks of aeronautics.”
Measuring approximately 11.75”x 8.5”, the book is bound in calf leather and consists of a reference volume and the Codex which is contained in a linen lined compartment at the end of the volume. The book is housed in a matching leather slipcase.
The book, Codex, and slipcase are in FINE condition.
Photographs of the book, Codex, and several pages from the Codex appear in the photo section of the listing.