In the USA with Double Entry – Austin, Texas, and Seattle, Washington (including Luca Pacioli’s De divina proportione)

As I’ve said, I’m not writing here much at least until May 2014 – too much work! – but I’m just back from an amazing trip to the USA, mostly to speak about Double Entry at the University of Texas in Austin. I fell in love with Austin, a beautiful city on the Colorado River in the throes of a building frenzy. Apparently Texas is now the place to be. The cover story of Time magazine the week I was in Austin was ‘The United States of Texas: Why the Lone Star State is America’s Future‘. So here is Austin, Texas.

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On 6th Street, the old town.

On 6th Street, the old town.

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I also went to Seattle – and fell in love with it too. What a beautiful city on the Puget Sound.

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While I was in Seattle I met the founders of the Luca Pacioli Society, professors at the University of Seattle, who turned out to be fascinating and possibly even a little crazier about Luca Pacioli than I am. And by pure chance, a breathtaking facsimile of Pacioli’s De divina proportione  – with beautiful illustrations by Leonardo da Vinci – had arrived at the university library four days earlier, so I was able to see it, hold it with gloved hands, look through its pages and take some photographs. This new and first ever facsimile edition was published by the Aboca Museum in Sansepolcro, where Luca Pacioli was born.

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The first page, with a picture of Luca Pacioli presenting Da divina proportione to his patron.

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IMG_0920And next up an extraordinary novel from the American south set on the Gulf of Mexico: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. Stay tuned.

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3 Responses to In the USA with Double Entry – Austin, Texas, and Seattle, Washington (including Luca Pacioli’s De divina proportione)

  1. Great post … and wonderful that you are getting to travel to speak about your book.

    I agree Austin is a great city. Love your photos. And can’t wait to hear what you have to say about The awakening, which is one of those rare books (besides those of Jane Austen’s) that I’ve read more than once. I’ve read several Chopin short stories too. She’s a gutsy writer.

  2. Thanks WG. And yes, I totally agree about Chopin – she’s a gutsy writer. And paid the price. Hope to have it up here tomorrow.

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