Auction 122, Lot 62

"Astronomie Pl. 1 - Sphere Armillaire", Diderot, Denis

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1790 (circa)

Publication: Encyclopedie

Color: Hand Color

6.3 x 8.8 inches
16 x 22.4 cm

A fine engraving of an armillary sphere by Benard. The Encyclop├ędie 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: A

A few minor marginal chips.

Estimate: $130 - $170

Sold for: $100

Closed on 12/5/2007