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Compiled between 1487 and 1490, this is one of the oldest known manuscripts in the corpus of Leonardo’s writings. By someone who was anything but an omo sanza lettere (‘an unlettered man’), this codex reflects Leonardo’s desire to master Latin and organise lexical lists of all the words in the Italian language related to science, philosophy and the humanistic subjects in general. Many words were reinterpreted by Leonardo, who gave them new meanings and used them in different contexts, providing us with a valuable document for the history of language during that period.

In addition to the lists of words, the codex includes an important series of caricature drawings exploring different types of physiognomy that constitute a curious gallery of real and imaginary portraits. Extremely interesting are the studies for the design of the tiburium of the Cathedral in Milan, as well as a number of projects relating to military architecture.

We have 3 facsimiles of the manuscript "Codex Trivulzianus":

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#1 Il Codice Trivulziano

Florence: Giunti Editore, 1980

Il Codice Trivulziano, Milan, Biblioteca Trivulziana del Castello Sforzesco, ms. 2162, Il Codice Trivulziano facsimile by Giunti Editore.
Il Codice Trivulziano facsimile by Giunti Editore.
  • Commentary (Italian) by Brizio, Anna Maria; Pedretti, Carlo
  • Limited Edition: 998 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Codex Trivulzianus: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

Leather-covered box (size 250 x 360 mm) with gold tooling, containing the facsimile and a 138 page volume of text printed on handmade paper and bound in Fabriano paper. Commentary volume in Italian with diplomatic and critical transcription by Anna Maria Brizio and the reproductions of invisible figures revealed by special photographs.

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#2 Il Codice Trivulziano

Florence: Giunti Editore, 1980

Il Codice Trivulziano, Milan, Biblioteca Trivulziana del Castello Sforzesco, ms. 2162, Il Codice Trivulziano facsimile by Giunti Editore.
Il Codice Trivulziano facsimile by Giunti Editore.
  • Commentary (English) by Brizio, Anna Maria; Pedretti, Carlo
  • Limited Edition: 998 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Codex Trivulzianus: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

Leather-covered box (size 250 x 360 mm) with gold tooling, containing the facsimile and a 138 page volume of text printed on handmade paper and bound in Fabriano paper. Commentary volume in English with diplomatic and critical transcription by Anna Maria Brizio and the reproductions of invisible figures revealed by special photographs.

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#3 Codex Trivulzianus by Leonardo da Vinci

Ottaviano: Collezione Apocrifa Da Vinci, 2018

  • Commentary (Italian)
  • Limited Edition: 499 copies
  • This is a partial facsimile of the original document, Codex Trivulzianus: the facsimile might represent only a part, or doesn't attempt to replicate the format, or doesn't imitate the look-and-feel of the original document.

The edition, contained in a handcrafted leather bag, features a commentary in Italian and a certificate signed by Alessandro Tartaglione stating the publication's authenticity, number, and warranty. The reproduction, measuring 20.5x14 cm, was handmade with scalpel and brushes following a natural antiquing method (pages might not be trimmed according to the original).

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The binding is made of hand-bound natural parchment.

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