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Auction 125, Lot 856

"[Lot of 3] Oeconomie Rustique, Art de Faire Eclore les Poulets. Pl I, II, III", Diderot, Denis

Subject: Birds

Period: 1772 (circa)

Publication: Encyclopédie

Color: Black & White

8.3 x 13.2 inches
21.1 x 33.5 cm

Great set of three plates from this enormously influential work. These plates illustrate how to incubate and hatch chickens; setting up an incubator, the full size development of a chick within the egg and care of the chicks. 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.


Condition: A

All three with nice impressions on clean paper.

Estimate: $180 - $240

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/24/2008