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See the Leonardo da Vinci notebook collection for free

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The Victoria and Albert Museum has digitized three notebooks with texts and drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci. Now you can watch them for free in "amazing detail", online.

DaVinciCodex - View Leonardo da Vinci's notebook collection for free

The famous painter of the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci (Leonardo da Vinci 1452 - 1519) is also known for the notebooks in which he recorded his thoughts and inventions. Five of these exciting notebooks, combined into three small volumes, are now available for free online. This collection, also known as Codex Forster, dates from 1487 to 1505.

Written in Leonardo's famous way, which is like a mirror, the notebooks deal with a range of topics, such as hydraulic engineering, perpetual motion, and a treatise on measuring solids. The notebooks contain careful sketches and diagrams annotated with notes in 16th century Italian mirror writing, which is read upside down and from right to left.

The notebooks are made of single-page writings and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and have no particular order or date (although some have a date).

If you want to take a look at one of the most interesting minds in history, you can go straight to the notebooks, with the following links:
Codex Forster I
Codex Forster II
Codex Forster III

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More details and information about the notebooks can be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The British Library has scanned in high resolution more writings and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci entitled "The Codex Arundel", Which you can see just for free.

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