Books: Luxurious Museums Without Walls

Fifteen volumes offer a world of worship, nature and art

Leonardo da Vinci's Landscapes, Plants and Water Studies (Johnson Reprint Corp.; $4,600; after Dec. 31, $5,500) reproduces 70 sheets of drawings, unbound and printed recto and verso, from the hand and mind of genius. Whether he drew acorns, flowers, an oncoming thunderstorm or doodles, Leonardo worked magic. This project is every bit as magnificent as its price. The drawings come in a large portfolio box, accompanied by a 250-page volume of text and notes; the whole production is partly bound in royal blue Nigerian...

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