The British Library has made a number of selections from its collection available to the public that may not be able to visit it’s halls via the Internet, with 3D versions of the books created in LightWave 3D.

Dubbed Turning the Pages 2.0, this project has already made a number of priceless works available to the Web-browsing public, including a personal notebook of sketches named the Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci (below) purchased by Bill Gates in 1994 for $31 million.

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This marks the first time in almost 500 years that both works by Leonardo da Vinci, the <i>Codex Leicester</i> and the <i>Codex Arundel</i>, have been re-united in one place. Other works now available include works of William Blake, Mozart, Jane Austen and Lewis Carroll.
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"Every polygon you see, and every curvature of page that you experience, was directly modeled in LightWave," said Mark Hennessy-Barrett, LightWave 3D artist on the project. "It would have been impossible to do this job with any other 3D package. The amount of control that this software gives us over geometry and morphing was the key to the project

Turning the Pages 2.0 can be viewed here.