[Item #6045] Leonardo da Vinci. Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci.
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2017. First Printing. Hardcover. “Drawing on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from standing at the intersection of the humanities and technology. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile on the Mona Lisa. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions” (qtd. in interior front flap copy). As the front flap copy unshyly trumpets, Tulane University’s Walter Isaacson has hurled forth a modern masterwork of biography in “Leonardo Da Vinci,” a sweeping and unflinching work that catalogs all the familiar node points in the life of Leonardo as well as its cavernous unexplored corners. Your Devoted Managing Curator, having somewhat recently returned from Paris (where I visited the Louvre and saw the Da Vincis there housed for the very first time) found the sections of this book on “Virgin of the Rocks” particularly gemlike and useful. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum - world travelers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books, and the dearly beloved late parents of our esteemed founder, Arthur S. Nusbaum. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket: First Edition, though somewhat vaguely referred to as such on copyright page (“First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition October 2017”); first printing, as indicated by number sequence thereon. Book in very fine condition, virtually as new with only faintest shelf-wear to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers & spine-edge; & a dog-eared sequence (spanning four pages — from 113-116), else pristine. For one odd reason or the other, this copy of Isaacson’s “Da Vinci” came with two dust-jackets, — but given the respectful and immaculate condition our Founder’s dearly departed parents kept them in, one can grade them both at once with relative, if not perfect precision. Without further ado: dust-jacket in very fine-condition with only minute-to-mild shelf-wear & light bumping to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers & spine-edge; otherwise clean, and commendably so. An extra handling fee will be added for shipping due to the weight of this item. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #6045]

Price: $30.00