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Auction 115, Lot 770

"[Chemistry]", Diderot, Denis

Subject: Chemistry

Period: 1751 (published)

Publication: Recueil de Planches de l' Encyclopedie

Color: Black & White

10.4 x 15.8 inches
26.4 x 40.1 cm

Complete fascicle with all of the chemistry plates from the first edition of this enormously influential work. 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, which served to propagate Enlightened ideas. Twenty-four plates, one folding, that depicts chemistry lab, apparatus, furnaces and symbols and two text leaves. The folding plate depicting a chemistry lab is delicately hand colored, balance of plates are uncolored.


Condition: A

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/21/2006