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Extract of De Re Militari, printed in 1534 in Paris.
Extract of De Re Militari

Roberto Valturio (1405–1475) was an Italian engineer and writer born in Rimini. He was the author of the military treatise De Re militari (1472).[1] The work consists of a preface, with a dedication to Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta; a list of the classical works mentioned and an introduction on the history of warfare. The work was widely known: the French King Louis XI of France, the Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus, the Duke of Urbino Federico da Montefeltro and the ruler of Florence Lorenzo de' Medici had a copy of the printed book. In Leonardo da Vinci's list of books Roberto Valturio has been mentioned. This indicates that Leonardo had been in the possession of Roberto's work. [2]


  1. ^ Cuneo, p.15
  2. ^ Marc van den Broek (2018), Leonardo da Vincis Erfindungsgeister. Eine Spurensuche (in German), Mainz: NA Verlag, ISBN 978-3-961760-45-9


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