January 06, 2010
The Special Collections Research Center has recently acquired a facsimile of the work by Leonardo da Vinci named the Leicester-Hammer Codex. The manuscript had been purchased in 1717 by Thomas Coke, who later gained the title Lord Leicester. In 1980 Armand Hammer acquired it from the Leicester estate. Bill Gates purchased it for $30,000,000 from the Hammer estate auction in 1994 and gave it back the name of Codex Leicester.
Our facsimile was produced by TREC International of Rome, Italy. It is a beautiful reproduction printed on “Acquarello” paper made by the Fedrigoni paper mill and hand-bound in gold-embossed choice leather by “L’Arte del Libro” and comes with a special case. This volume contains Leonardo’s observations and sketches about science, water and hydraulics.
The codex is currently on exhibit to the public in a new display case which can be found on the second floor of the Kelvin Smith Library in the casual seating area near the elevators.