Auction 140, Lot 859

"[Lot of 8 - Marine Flags]", Diderot, Denis

Subject: Flags

Period: 1760 (circa)

Publication: Encyclopedie

Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 14 inches
21.6 x 35.6 cm

The Encyclopedie was published under the direction of Diderot from 1751 onward with thousands of articles written by the most prominent philosophers and scientists of the time. These great minds collaborated in the goal of assembling and disseminating the fruits of accumulated knowledge and learning. This massive reference work for the arts and sciences, served to propagate Enlightened ideas. Read a full description of this work and Diderot at

Handsome copper engravings from Diderot’s encyclopedia comprising 8 sheets, being the complete set of 248 marine flags, some decorated with coats of arms. Drawn by Goussier and engraved by Benard.


Condition: A

There is some minor soiling primarily in the blank margins and the occasional spot, else very good.

Estimate: $900 - $1,200


Closed on 5/23/2012