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Special Collections--New Da Vinci Acquistion
KSL Special Collections displays the beautifully bound facsimile of the Leicester-Hammer Codex. Written in the early 1500s, Codex Leicester encompasses Leonardo Da Vinci's writings regarding astronomy, science, and water, and is the most highly valued Leonardo codex in recent years. In 1994 the original was purchased by Bill Gates from the Armand Hammer estate for $30.8 million.
Handwritten in Italian by Leonardo with many accompanying drawings and diagrams on hydraulics & hydrodynamics and more, the Codex Leicester is a marriage of art and science and a window into Da Vinci's mind. This purchase will provide a valuable supplement to studies in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.
A new special display case on the 2nd floor of Kelvin Smith Library showcases this new acquisition named after Thomas Coke, Earl of Leicester, who purchased the original in 1717. Currently in its display case on the 2nd floor, The Codex later will be available in the Kelvin Smith Lilbrary Special Collections Department.
KSL's facsimile of Codex Leicester is a numbered edition and was reproduced in Rome, Italy, on "Acquarello" paper and is hand-bound in gold-embossed leather. The reproduction is from TREC International.
Posted by Karen Oye on March 11, 2010 05:57 PM