Our May ‘Book of the Month’ is The Da Vinci Globe by Stefaan Missinne.
Leonardo Da Vinci is renowned as being one of the greatest artists, inventors and diversely talented individuals to have ever lived. The 2nd May 2019 is the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death, and this book celebrates his life as it brings the reader through a fabulous journey of scholars, maps, riddles, rebuses, iconographic symbols and enigmatic phrases to illuminate the da Vinci globe.
A chance discovery at a distinguished London map fair in 2012 by a Belgian globe collector produced the most unique of finds: a distinct globe with mysterious images, such as old ships, sailors, a volcano, a hybrid monster, pentimenti, waving patterns, conic individualised mountains, curving rivers, vigorous costal lines, chiaroscuro and an unresolved triangular anagram, which remains an enigma. The globe is hand-engraved in great detail on ostrich egg shells from Pavia by a left-handed Renaissance genius of unquestionable quality. It shows secret knowledge of the map world from the time of Columbus, Cabral, Amerigo Vespucci and Leonardo da Vinci. Central and North America are covered by a vast ocean. The da Vinci globe originates from Florence and dates from 1504. It marks the first time ever that the names of countries such as Brazil, Germania, Arabia and Judea have appeared on a globe. The da Vinci globe now takes its rightful place, surpassing the Lenox globe, its copper-cast identical twin, as the most mysterious globe of our time. As such, this monograph is an essential text in Leonardo studies and in the history of cartography.
To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.
We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMMAY19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on1st May 2019.
Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:
“Dr. S. Missinne‘s thorough research on the da Vinci Globe has been of great personal interest and an update of the newest most convincing evidence took place last August during our meeting in Rome and the Vatican. Dr. Missinne’s detailed investigations provide irrefutable arguments towards the conclusion that the Ostrich Egg Globe and it’s twin are from the hand of nobody else than Leonardo da Vinci.“
Johan Ickx, Università Europea di Roma and Head of the Archive in Vatican City
“A gigantic, six-year labor of love, with hard to find research, proofs, and new information on Leonardo da Vinci! As a great canvas painting artist, da Vinci’s technique was also engraved in intaglio style, to even the smallest detail. The Da Vinci Globe traces the history of an ostrich egg (a symbol of great wealth ) to a garden, where ostriches were kept five hundred years ago in Italy, and upon which a map has been engraved, which only could be made by left-handed engraving typical to Da Vinci – the engravings are also paste-print, two dimensional, of great optical quality, and interesting in science, and map reading/navigation. […] Missinne, a student of Pedretti, lives up to the knowledge and analysis with a fun, fact-filled research tome which is generational in quality and academic research. It takes one thing to know a Da Vinci but it is quite another to prove one. And in this, Missinne’s book provides a great read to the world. Here, European artists are shown to be expert in more than one field, proficient in more than one area. This greatly enlarges our view of European art history and illuminates new paths of knowledge.”
J. Constable, Italian Renaissance Expert, Cambridge, USA
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