Auction 114, Lot 692

"Marine. Pl. 82", Diderot, Denis

Subject: Ships

Period: 1750 (circa)

Publication: Encyclopedie

Color: Black & White

Size:
20.8 x 14 inches
52.8 x 35.6 cm

A fine and highly detailed copper engraved plan and elevation of a large three-masted sailing ship. The details include two sectional views, a cross-sectional view and two top views with cutaways to the lower decks. Small figures give additional detail of mast construction and mounting. Remarkable detail of the interior of the ships showing the six decks, numerous compartments, some with cargo packed in stones or sacks, the anchor rope stowed, and much more. A terrific ship plan beautifully engraved by Benard.

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Condition: A

Dark, early impression on thick hand laid paper. Issued folding, now flat. Two small fold intersection splits repaired with tissue on verso. Light offsetting that partially erases with little difficulty, still very good.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $240

Closed on 3/1/2006

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