Auction 104, Lot 657

"[Complete section on Copper Engraving]", Diderot, Denis

Subject: Miscellany

Period: 1762 (circa)

Publication: Encyclopedie

Color: Black & White

10.2 x 15.7 inches
25.9 x 39.9 cm

Great set of text (8 pp.) and 9 plates from the first edition of this enormously influential work. The plates form a series of illustrations on the copper engraving process, including all the implements for engraving, view of a studio, and examples of various techniques. The Encyclopédie was published under the direction of Diderot with articles written by the most prominent philosophers of the time. These great minds collaborated in the goal of assembling and disseminating the fruits of accumulated knowledge and learning. Containing 72,000 articles written by more than 140 contributors, it was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences that served to propagate Enlightened ideas. Due to problems of censorship, the first edition was issued over a period of 21 years, in an original printing of approximately 4,000 copies.


Condition: B


Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/10/2003