H. Anna Suh selected the most fascinating of these studies, penned in the mid-15th century, and compiled them into one monumental volume that showcases Leonardo's observations and clearly illustrates them with more than 1,000 of his original sketches and exquisite line drawings. These elegant studies are of myriad topics, such as the nature of water, light and shade, perspective, philosophy, botany, astronomy, the proportions of the human figure, and many other subjects. The artwork has been carefully arranged with the text to augment and illuminate Leonardo's writings. In addition, his handwritten notes and fascinating marginalia are deciphered and translated.
In Leonardo's Notebooks we get a look inside DaVinci's sketch work. Its clear that you're getting a peek into the mind of a genius. An absolute creative genius. I'm an artist and I myself have sketch books...I can assure you they're nothing like this, lol. DaVinci has had his name in the spotlight in the past few years, due to that DaVinci code novel and all of the religious nonsense surrounding his works, but when you delve into the core of his work and his ideas, DaVinci was quite the forward thinker. This man had a gift and was so far ahead of his time that its really quite sad that he couldn't see most of his works become a reality. To him, this may have all been a fantasy.
You don't have to just appreciate art to get into this softcover book. Its a great coffee table piece and is very inspirational to flip through. You can get a wider understanding of his work and ideas, which span far beyond his paintings. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in art, history and or just interesting inventions.