21.00 17.85

ISBN: 978-88-87666-23-6
Author: Bruno Bartoloni
Pages: 200
Pubblication Date: 2013
Size in cm: 17 x 23
Price: €21.00
N. Illustrations: 50 b/w and documents
Paper: glossy paper 130 gr
Binding: paperback with leaflet
Language: Italian


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The Wings of Leonardo Over the Bosphorus

"Once you have learned to fly You shall walk on the earth looking at the sky because it is there that you have been and there you shall return" Leonardo da Vinci

An extraordinarily engaging historical novel between legend and reality, palace intrigues and jealousies… The adventurous life of Leonardo da Vinci – the man who “saw” the wind – and his descendants, who came from Renaissance Florence to the Ottoman Empire, making his dream of flight come true. The first man to fly- after Icarus’ myth- is a young Turkish engineer, Herzarfen Ahmed Celebi. His friend and renown historian Evliya Celebi witnessed and documented this amazing endeavour watching him fly over the Golden Horn from the Tower of Galata to Uskudar on the Asian shore. It was the year 1633 and Leonardo’s projects on flight, drawn one and half centuries before, were finally put into practise. But how did these projects reach the Orient? How did the young Celebi get hold of them as a legitimate heir and who was he really? Who robbed the drawings during the terrible 1509 earthquake and fire of Constantinople? How come Paolo, Da Vinci’s illegitimate son, was called to work as an engraver at the Ottoman Court? The answers are mainly based on long researches made by Bartoloni, the author, on reconstructions through the writings of travellers and historians of the time and in manuscripts still treasured in the Topkapi Museum Library such as the Seyahtnamesi by Evliya Celebi…



Additional information

Weight 0.560 kg
Dimensions 23 × 17 × 2 cm