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07w30:1 The Notebook

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Truth be told, I prepped this Goodread a day before the hardrive on my notebook computer crashed, and so I’ve had to do it all over again. Which I think is worth sharing, given the subject matter of this GR – the traditional paper notebooks, a medium endangered by fire but not by mechanical failure and magnets. It’s now become a cliché statement to say that as our the data of our world moves further and further toward the digital, the danger of losing it all one day becomes greater and greater. Nevertheless, it is statement worth repeating given that notebooks have always been about the repition of passages and quotes that can become cliché through their preservation.

This GR is celebrating the digitization of some notebooks, particularly those of Leonardo Da Vinci, a hardcopy of which is now viewable at the Art Gallery of Ontario over the summer. This notebook (Codex Forster I) having achieved Da Vinci’s dream of flight to arrive here from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum last visited our city when it was exhibited at the ROM during the summer of 1998, where I first got the chance to see it. Going by the poster and mismemory, I thought the AGO was exhibiting the same spread as the ROM had, and yet, through one of the links below, I was able to remember correctly and see that the AGO is exhibiting pages 6v|7r while the ROM had shown 15v|16r. Further, the ROM had kept the pages open with a clear vinyl strap, whereas the AGO has the book displayed in an angled cradle, in its own illuminated box, beneath a piece of glass without a transparent vinyl holder. At the AGO it is accompanied by a flash animation (‘Geometrical Solids’), which can aslo be accessed at the same link.

Secondly, a section on commonplace books, the old name for what we now call notebooks, or as some have argued, blogs. This selection was inspired by hearing Anthony Grafton’s wonderful lecture on the Slought Foundation website, which is there available as an AAC file, and which I’ve also made available as an MP3.-Timothy


Leonardo’s Notebooks

Leonardo da Vinci Notebooks | V&A Museum

e-Leo | Biblioteca Leonardiana
// sign in (‘accedi’) with user: goodreads pass: goodreads and then click on `sfoglia i manoscritti` and the chose the notebook from the left hand menu (`Madrid I, Madrid II, and Atlantico)

Commonplace Books

Literary Honeycombs: Storage and Retrieval of Texts
Before Modern Times | Anthony Grafton

AAC file (from Slought Foundation)
MP3 file (Goodreads Mirror)

Commonplace | Wikipedia
“Commonplace books (or commonplaces) emerged in the 15th century with the availability of cheap paper for writing, mainly in England. They were a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. They were essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces were used by readers, writers, students, and humanists as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they had learned. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator’s particular interests”.

Long S | Wikipedia
The long, medial or descending s (Å¿) is a form of the minuscule letter ‘s’ formerly used where ‘s’ occurred in the middle or at the beginning of a word, for example Å¿infulneÅ¿s (“sinfulness”). The modern letterform was called the terminal or short s.

From Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book Library

Commonplace Books | Beinecke Rare Book Library

Osbourne b205 | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

William Hill’s Commonplace Book | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Sartaine most holsome meditations | Peter Mowie

Johann Sigmund Kusser’s Commonplacebook

Tobias Alston’s CPB | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Robert Herrick’s CPB | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Richard Cromleholm’s CPB | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

William Camden’s CPB | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The Book of Brome | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Manuscript Guide

MS327 | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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05w19:1 Leonardo da Vinci

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Good Reads Mailing List | 2005 week 19 number 1 (Leonardo da Vinci)


Breaking the Da Vinci code | Lisa Jardine,,1360654,00.html
“How many hundreds of thousands of words have been written since Vasari, trying to convey the extraordinary combination of talents and imaginative brio which made up the mind of this enigmatic man? While the exquisite drawings, diagrams, maps and engineering blueprints, and the handful of achieved paintings have consistently fascinated all who have seen them, the man himself continues to elude us. Leonardo himself would probably have regarded all those words spent on him as a mistake from the outset. Words are a poor resource for capturing complexity, according to Leonardo.”

Biography Reviews: Leonardo da Vinci … | Lucy Hughes-Hallett,,2102-1285750,00.html
“Nicholl, who lives in Italy, conjures up in meticulous detail the physical reality of Renaissance Florence and Milan. He re-creates the din and flurry of building works that characterise Florence in its expansionist prime. He itemises the minerals used in paint manufacture and deduces from the widespread use of egg white in tempera that artists? studios must have been full of hens.”

A Work in Progress | Melinda Henneberge
“David Alan Brown, the longtime curator of Italian Renaissance painting at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., says he has lost patience with new theories that are not rooted in the visual record. Of the Mona Lisa, for instance, he notes that ‘everything has been said about that painting’?that it is a self-portrait, a mistress portrait, a male lover, a woman who had breast cancer or who was bereaved or pregnant or both. ‘I was amused by these things in the beginning,’ Brown says. ‘But now I find them tedious.'”

Introduction to Leonardo and His Drawings | Carmen C. Bambach
From the Met show, January 2003

Old master’s mother was a slave, reveal Da Vinci researchers | Burhan Wazir,6903,810926,00.html
“Vezzosi said Caterina’s Middle Eastern heritage was a primary influence on Leonardo’s work as an artist, mathematician and philosopher. ‘There is some evidence that in his later years Da Vinci was increasingly becoming interested in the Middle East,’ said Vezzosi.”Article Date: 13 October 2002

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