Nürnberg: In der Christoph Weigel und A.G. Schneiderischen Kunst- und Buchhandlung, 1786. New edition (Neue mit dem Leben des Verfassers vermehrte Auflage, mit Kupfern). Hardcover. Octavo (8 1/4 x 7"). , 184, pp. Original 3/4 calf over decorative paper covered boards, with gold lettering and tooling to spine. Title page in red and black lettering.
This German-language edition of "Codex Urbinas" is a collection of Leonardo da Vinci's writings entered in his notebooks under the general heading "On Painting." The manuscripts were gathered together by Francesco Melzi some time before 1542 and first printed in French and Italian as "Trattato della pittura" by Raffaelo du Fresne in 1651.
The main aim of the treatise was to argue that painting was a science. Leonardo's keen observation of expression and character is evidenced in his comparison of laughing and weeping, about which he notes that the only difference between the two emotions in terms of the "motion of the [facial] features" is "the ruffling of the brows, which is added in weeping, but more elevated and extended in laughing."
This work is complete with its 57 in-text and full-page copper engravings.
Binding rubbed along edges, with head and tail of spine chipped, but laid in on inside of front cover. Closed tears along joints. Some worming to pages 163-166, 171-174, 179-182, and to the last two leaves of the Index (slightly affecting lettering). Previous owners' names and inscriptions on front free endpaper (painter Alexander Rechberg, Berlin 1835; Karehnke to Prof. Petersen, Dantzig 1921). Karehnke's stamp on inside of front cover and title page. Minor and sporadic foxing throughout. Text in German, gothic script. Binding in overall fair, interior in good+ to very good condition. f to vg. Item #42445