Leonardologist’s Reference Style or solution of the Advent Riddle

There was another hard nut to crack this year. Once again, courageous people took up the challenge bridging the time span of five centuries to the spirit and work of Leonardo da Vinci.
Many thanks for the solutions sent in, all of which testify to an intense and creative involvement. Congratulations to Pasadena (California) for the winner!
Using the example of da Vinci’s notes, scattered around the world and rebound in different codices, we wanted to demonstrate how difficult is searching for manuscripts, deciphering and referencing them. As in the case of printed works, the correctness of an reference is not obtainable without checking the original. All your solutions, however, contained information about the collection, the name of the codex, sheet number and side, as well as references to secondary sources such as catalogs, scholarly publications, fable editions, facsimiles, transliterations and digital libraries. So they comply with the Leonardologist’s Reference Style.

Advent riddle: The fabulous Leonardo

Leonardo da Vinci, whose 500th anniversary will be celebrated next year, not only studied anatomy and motion of animals, but also their personality.
His observations on the nature of individual species he recorded in short, sketchy, often unfinished fables. To make it a readable story was left to later publishers and translators.
About 7200 pages of da Vinci’s notebooks on various topics have been handed down, mirror-written and richly illustrated. Today they are scattered in various collections in Europe and North America.
Da Vinci gained his knowledge rather by imagination and close monitoring than studying sources and literature. However, for our riddle we accept both approaches:

  • The Leonardo Solution: A fable idea in the style of da Vinci with one or more of the animals pictured above
  • The Leonardologist solution: A title to a recorded fable of da Vinci with one or more of the animals shown above with correct source reference of the manuscript (collection, codex, page)

Please send your solution to buero@archivauskunft.de until January, 1rd 2019, 12.00 pm CET. The winner can choose one of the following prizes:

  1. Walter Isaacson: Leonardo da Vinci
    Simon & Schuster 2017
  2. Charity Children: Fabel (Berlin Street Music, CD or Vinyl)
  3. Moleskine Notebook Classic, colour on request)

Advent Riddle: Manhole-Heraldry

The history of the sewerage can be traced back to antiquity. The founded in 1874 Berlin network, today reaches nearly 10,000 pipe meters, 243 894 removable plates are covering access points for underground pipe maintenance. Like many other municipalities, Berlin has its own cover design.
In our this year’s Advent riddle, we ask to identify the origin of manhole covers shown below.

Please send your solution to buero@archivauskunft.de until  January 1st, 2018, 12.00 pm CET.

The winner has free choice in the current offer of the raubdruckerin online shop.
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Bei der Suche nach einer passenden Illustration für unser letztes Adventsrätsel wurden wir im “Bildarchiv Austria” fündig.
Die Sammlung historischer Bildbestände der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek umfasst u.a. Porträts, Architekturfotografie, zeithistorische Dokumente, Alltagsbilder und graphische Werke. Das Personenschlagwort “Martin Luther” listet allein 224 Treffer, vorwiegend Porträts.
Für die Recherche nach Fotografien und künstlerischen Darstellungen von Personen sind solche Online-Bildquellen sehr hilfreich, einige stellten wir bereits in unseren “Tipps des Monats” vor. Bei Wikimedia Commons sind derzeit 13 Bilder als “Martin Luther” und “Statues” indexiert, davon allerdings nur zwei in einem Nachbarland Deutschlands.
Der Wikipedia-Artikel “Lutherdenkmal” mit der Liste “Lutherdenkmäler in Mitteleuropa” und zahlreichen Abbildungen führt schließlich zur Lösung:

Bielsko-Biala – Polen – Buch
Sessenheim – Frankreich – Buch
Aš – Tschechien – Linke Brust
Kopenhagen- Dänemark – Seite