"Astronomie Pl. 13 - Figure de la Lune par Mr. de la Lande l'An 1772", Diderot, Denis
Period: 1790 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
6.3 x 8.8 inches
16 x 22.4 cm
This is an interesting chart of the moon per Jerome Lelande, the famous French astronomer who succeeded Delisle as chair of astronomy in the College de France. 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, in an original printing of approximately 4,000 copies.