Imprimerie en Caracteres. Contenant dix-neuf Planches. [Extracted from: DIDEROT, Denis, & Jean Le Rond d'ALEMBERT, editors. Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers. Recueil de Planches, sur les Sciences, les Arts Libéraux, et les Arts Mécaniques, avec leur Explication].

[Paris: 1762-1772].

Pp. [1]-12; 17 [of 19] copper-engraved plates, Goußier del., Benard fecit. 1 vols. Folio. Disbound. A clean bright extract, lacking plates I & XIV. Small adhesion of first leaf to later blank wrapper, else fine. PMM 200; En français dans le texte, 156. Item #41086

An especially attractive selection of plates from the Récueil de Planches, that extraordinary illustrated supplement to the magnificent Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert. The plates depict every aspect of the art and craft of printing in the late 18th century; the explanatory text is concise yet fully detailed. Printing and the Mind of Man describes the Encyclopedie as “a monument in the history of European thought; the acme of the age of reason; a prime motive force in undermining the ancien régime and in heralding the French Revolution; a permanent source for all aspects of eighteenth-century civilization.”.

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