Auction 129, Lot 858

"[Lot of 2] Marine, Pavillons Pl. XIX [and] Pl. XX", Diderot, Denis

Subject: Ships - Flags

Period: 1730 (circa)

Publication: Encyclopedie

Color: Hand Color

8.3 x 13 inches
21.1 x 33 cm

Handsome pair of copper engravings containing 65 colorful marine flags, some decorated with coats of arms. Drawn by Goussier, engraved by Benard. 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

There is a repaired tear in the bottom margin of one plate, else fine.

Estimate: $350 - $425


Closed on 9/23/2009