Leonardo da Vinci reportedly filled more than 30,000 pages of notebooks during his lifetime. Supposedly he carried around papers in his belt, just in case inspiration struck while he was out and about. Some of these valuable writings are lost, some are in museums, but one of the most notable is the “Codex Leicester” (pronounced “Lester”) and it belongs to Bill Gates. He bought the book in 1994 for just under $31M; today it’s estimated value is almost twice that, making it among, if not THE, most expensive book ever purchased.
Da Vinci’s “Codex Leicester” is a beautiful collection of writings and drawings which focus on his observations in astronomy, geology and fossils, and hydrology. His research into water and how it flows, included in this inestimable notebook, supported some of his later engineering works, including his innovative hydraulic pump and movable bridge for the Duke of Milan.
“Codex Leicester” is a rich navy, perfect for your next cozy project!
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