Pl. X. Glaces, Lavage du Sable et Calcin (Manufacture of Ice); Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers. Denis. D'Alembert Diderot, Jean.

Pl. X. Glaces, Lavage du Sable et Calcin (Manufacture of Ice); Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers

Paris: Diderot & D'Alembert, 1763. First printing. Matted in Rag Board. Folio. (11.25 x 17.25 inches). A fine original copperplate engraving printed on heavy handmade deckle-edged rag stock, uncut and published as part of Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d'Alembert's Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers; the essential exploratory encyclopedia of arts, science and industry produced during the Age of Enlightenment. This keynote work extolled the artistic virtues and labors of the common man during pre-Revolutionary France. Didactic in nature, the plates were engraved and documented in meticulous detail, and represented a fine visual record of French culture and achievement. After the French Revolution, society could thus be recreated, here inspired by the illustrations and descriptions of the daily toils and talents of the common folk. Today these refined engravings are prized for their diverse and elegant representations of the arts and craftsmanship, as well as attention to detail of costume, elements of travel, architectural landscape and perspective. Fine. Item #4598

Price: $95.00

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