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Denis Diderot (1713-1784) & Jean d'Alembert (1717-1783)

Encyclopedie, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts and Crafts


The following plates on offer are from the "Encyclopedie, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts and Crafts" edited by Denis Diderot (1713-1784) and Jean d'Alembert (1717-1783), published between 1751 and 1772.

The Encyclopedie was an attempt to "assemble all knowledge scattered on the surfaces of the earth, to demonstrate the general system to the people with whom we live . . ." It consisted of 71,818 articles covering all fields of knowledge, and 3,129 copperplate engravings which were issued in the 11 volumes published between 1762 and 1772. The illustrations from this first edition are generally around 14 3/4" x 9 1/2" in size; they accurately show artisans and tradesmen at work in their normal environment along with the many tools and machines used in their occupation.

During this period of a Revolutionary France the Encyclopedie was looked upon unfavorably by the authorities as too radical and democratic a document, and they sought to suppress it by banning its publication in 1759. To get around this the publication continued to publish in secret in Paris while claiming to be published in the then independent Principality of Neuchatel. The Encyclopedie is considered to be one of the most influential publications of the Enlightenment, or the Age of Reason.

Method: copperplate engraving
Sheet size: 14 3/4" x 9 1/2"


 
 


 




 
diderot3sm

Gravure en Lettres, en Geographie et en Musique

2 copperplate engravings
2 pages of text

Plate #1 Gravure en Lettre
Plate #2 Gravure en Topographie
Semi-topographie, Geographique et Musique
Pages 3 & 4 are text describing plates #1 & #2

CDN $125

diderot4sm

Gravure en Lettres, en Geographie et en Musique


 
diderot5sm

Papeterie (Paper Mill)

I page of text and 14 pages of illustrations
One is a large illustration

CDN $225

diderot6sm

Papeterie (Paper Mill)

 
diderot7sm

Imprimerie en Taille Douce

Development of the Printing Press for copperplate engraving
2 pages of illustration and one page of text


CDN $125

diderot8sm

Imprimerie en Taille Douce




 
diderot9sm

Marbreur De Papier (Marbeling Paper)

3 sheets; 1 of text and 2 of illustrations

CDN $125

diderot10sm

Marbreur De Papier


 
diderot11sm

Gravure en Bois (Wood engraving)

4 pages illustrations
1 page text

CDN $125

diderot12sm

Gravure en Bois

 
diderot13sm

Gravure en Bois

diderot14sm

Gravure en Bois

 
diderot15sm

Fonderie en Caracteres D'Imprimerie
(
Type Foundry)

2 pages text
8 pages illustrations

CDN $150

diderot16sm

Fonderie en Caracteres D'Imprimerie

 
diderot17sm

Cartonnier et Gaufreur

Cardboard and Cardboard embossing

2 pages illustrations
1 page text

CDN $45

diderot18sm

Cartonnier et Gaufreur

 
diderot19sm

Fayoncerie

Pottery throwing, firing, and decorating

3 sheets text
12 sheets of illustrations

CDN $195

diderot20sm

Fayoncerie


 
diderot21sm

Ecole de Dessein

5 sheets of illustrations one of which is double size
"School of Drawing"
"Drawing Instruments"
"Chambre Obscure

CDN $150

diderot22sm

Ecole de Dessein

Chambre Obscure

 
diderot23sm

Distillateur

Distilling

1 copperplate engraving

CDN $65

 
 
diderot24sm

Oeconomie Rustique, Pressoir a Cider


Cider Press

2 plates of illustrations

CDN $65

diderot25sm

Oeconomie Rustique, Pressoir a Cider


 
diderot26sm

Sugar Refining

7 copperplate engravings

CDN $125

diderot27sm

Sugar Refining

 
diderot28sm

Tobacco

7 copperplate engravings

CDN $120

diderot29sm

Tobacco


 
diderot30sm

Coutelier

Maker of Cutlery

2 copperplate engravings
1 page of text

CDN $
50

diderot31sm

Coutelier

Maker of Cutlery


 
diderot32sm

Balancier

Maker of weigh scales

5 copperplate engravings
2 page of text

CDN $
145

diderot33sm

Balancier


 
diderot34sm

Bouchonnier

Cork cutters

1 copperplate engravings
1 page of text

CDN $75

 


 
diderot35sm

Chaudronnier

Copper smith

4 copperplate engravings
1 page of text

CDN $95

diderot36sm

Chaudronnier

Copper smith


 
diderot37sm

Cirier

Candle making

4 copperplate engravings
1 page of text

CDN $125

diderot38sm

Cirier


 
diderot39sm

Ciseleur Damasquieur

Fine Metal Worker (Damascener)

2 copperplate engravings
1 page of text

CDN $80

diderot40sm

Ciseleur Damasquieur

Fine Metal Worker (Damascener)

 
diderot41sm

Fleuriste Artificiel

Artificial flowers

8 copperplate engravings
2 page of text

CDN $100

diderot42sm

Fleuriste Artificiel

Artificial flowers


 
diderot43sm

Gravure en Medailles et en Cachets

Engraving coins and seals

3 copperplate engravings
1 page of text

CDN $60

diderot44sm

Gravure en Medailles et en Cachets

Engraving coins and seals


 
diderot45sm

Gravure en Pierres Fine

Fine Stine Engraving

3 copperplate engravings
1 page of text

CDN $90

diderot46sm

Gravure en Pierres Fine

Fine Stine Engraving


 
diderot47sm

Argenteur

Silver Plating

2 copperplate engravings
1 page of text

CDN $80

diderot48sm

Argenteur

Silver Plating

 
diderot49sm

Artificier

Fireworks

7 copperplate engravings
1 page of text

CDN $125

diderot50sm

Artificier

Fireworks