Much of what we know about Leonardo da Vinci, we know because of his notebooks — some 6,000 sheets of notes and drawings survive, which represents perhaps one-fifth of what he actually produced. This one-volume selection offers a cross-section of Leonardo's writings, organized around coherent themes that highlight the Renaissance man's interests in painting, architecture, engineering, optics,
anatomy, and much more. It includes fables and epigrams, letters, sketches and drawings, and an outline of
his life told through his own writings.