Last month I posted about an interesting new theory that Leonardo da Vinci may have been the illustrator for a book known as De Ludo Schacorum. Yesterday, Raymond Keene wrote a long piece on this same topic for The Times.
I believe that Leonardo did not draw the main corpus of puzzle diagrams for the book. However, he may well have supplied the original designs for the pieces. These are shown in array at the start of the book and they are artistically superior to the diagrams which follow in the text, which are unambitiously redrawn copies. The owners suggest that the original design for the queen, for example, is almost exactly identical to Leonardo’s design for a fountain in his so-called Atlantic Codex. Others contend this type of design could easily be generic.
And thanks to Keene, we also found a link to some online info on the now famous book. Visit www.abocamuseum.it where it looks like you can buy a replica for as much as € 2,800