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Vol 120

Purpose

Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1439-1501) Copy after, `Trattato di architettura, ingegneria ed arte militare’, describing the rules, parts and ornaments of architecture, fortifications, means of transport and machinery for moving weights. Manuscript with illustrations, c.1570 (72 leaves). Marbled boards, leather spine (370 x 260)

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Marbled boards, leather spine (370 x 260)

Hand

After Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1439 - 1501)
Copy after Francesco di Giorgio Martini.

Notes

One of several copies of Francesco's unpublished treatise. This version was copied from the Ashburnham Codex 361 (Biblioteca Laurenziana, Florence), which was owned and annotated by Leonardo da Vinci. Francesco di Giorgio's autograph manuscripts for the treatise are in the Biblioteca Nazionale in Florence, (Maggliabecchiano No II, I, 141), and in the Biblioteca Ex-Reale in Turin (Saluzziano 148). A note on the flyleaf: esisteva questo codice nella insigne biblioteca Soranzo di Venezia. Abate Celotti di Venezia indicates that the codex was in the Soranzo Library in Venice and then it passed into Abbot Celotti's Library in the early 19th century. For a full catalogue entry see Lynda Fairbairn, Italian Renaissance Drawings from the Collection of Sir John Soane's Museum, London 1998, Vol 1 pp 52-175

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Drawing

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