Auction 122, Lot 823

"[Lot of 6] Astronomie, Astronomie Instrumens", Diderot, Denis

Subject: Astronomy

Period: 1771 (circa)

Publication: Encyclopediae

Color: Black & White

8.3 x 12.5 inches
21.1 x 31.8 cm

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, with an original printing of approximately 4,000 copies.

1) Pl. VI depicts a celestial and terrestrial globe, with mathematical figures below.
2) Pl. XV … Astronomie Instrumens, Suite du Quart de Cercle Mobile .
3) Pl. XVI … Astronomie, Instrumens Micrometre du Quart de Cercle Mobile.
4) Pl. XVII … Astronomie, Instrumens Micrmetre.
5) Pl. XIX … Astronomie, Instrumens Heliometre de Mr. Bouguer.
6) Pl. XXIII Astronomie Instrumens …Premier Secteur de Mr. Graham. Image sizes vary somewhat, pages are 10 x 15.3"


Condition: A

All nice impressions on clean sheets with occasional spots of marginal foxing.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 12/5/2007