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Guide to the Edward C. Moore Madrid Notebooks of Da Vinci essay MSS.0476

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

January 2009

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English

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March 2013
Collection Title:

Edward C. Moore Madrid Notebooks of Da Vinci essay

Unit ID:

MSS.0476

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (3 items)

Dates:

1967-1989

Abstract:

Essay (probably never published) written in 1989 by Dr. Edward C. Moore titled "The Madrid Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci". The article explains what Moore, as Dean of the Graduate School of the University of Massachusetts, had witnessed and experienced when a colleague found two of the "lost notebooks" of Leonardo Da Vinci in the Spanish National Library.

creator

Moore, Edward C.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains an essay (probably never published) written on 5 October 1989 by Dr. Edward C. Moore, retired Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Alabama System, titled "The Madrid Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci". The article explains what Moore, as Dean of the Graduate School of the University of Massachusetts, had witnessed and experienced when a colleague found two of the "lost notebooks" of Leonardo Da Vinci in the Spanish National Library. Moore describes the sequence of events and laborious negotiations for publication rights, as well as the cut-throat world of academic publishing.

The collection also contains the issue of LIFE magazine, 3 March 1967, that features the discovery, which cites Dr. Moore's colleague as the discoverer rather than the editor of the published set. There is also an ad for the published work.

Biographical/Historical note

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519, Old Style) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.

Renaissance humanism recognized no mutually exclusive polarities between the sciences and the arts, and Leonardo's studies in science and engineering are as impressive and innovative as his artistic work. These studies were recorded in 13,000 pages of notes and drawings, which fuse art and natural philosophy (the forerunner of modern science), made and maintained daily throughout Leonardo's life and travels, as he made continual observations of the world around him. Leonardo's writings are mostly in mirror-image cursive. The reason may have been more a practical expediency than for reasons of secrecy as is often suggested. Since Leonardo wrote with his left hand, it is probable that it was easier for him to write from right to left.

These notebooks — originally loose papers of different types and sizes, distributed by friends after his death — have found their way into major collections such as the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, the Louvre, the Biblioteca Nacional de España, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan which holds the twelve-volume Codex Atlanticus, and British Library in London which has put a selection from the Codex Arundel (BL Arundel MS 263) online. Leonardo's notes appear to have been intended for publication because many of the sheets have a form and order that would facilitate this. In many cases a single topic, for example, the heart or the human fetus, is covered in detail in both words and pictures on a single sheet. Why they were not published within Leonardo's lifetime is unknown.

Acquisition Information:

gift of Edward C. Moore, 1989

Preferred Citation:

Edward C. Moore Madrid Notebooks of Da Vinci essay, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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None

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Processing Information:

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C. Doughty, 2009; updated by Martha Bace, 2013

Source(s)

Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Artists (lcsh)

Clippings (information artifacts) (aat)

Papers (document genre) (aat)

Popular Culture (localbroad)

Papers Box 3888