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Auction 116, Lot 841

"[Lot of 4 Flags] Marine, Pavillons", Diderot, Denis

Subject: Ships, Flags

Period: 1780 (circa)

Publication: Encyclopedie

Color: Hand Color

8.2 x 13 inches
20.8 x 33 cm
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Four leaves from this important early encyclopedia. Each sheet was drawn by Goussier and engraved by Bernard. They present a group of finely rendered maritime flags including those of Britain and Prussia. 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.


Condition: A

Estimate: $400 - $450

Sold for: $750

Closed on 9/20/2006