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Auction 164, Lot 39

"Hemisphere Boreal [on sheet with] Hemisphere Austral", Diderot, Denis

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1778 (published)

Publication: Encyclopedie

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14.1 x 8.1 inches
35.8 x 20.6 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 Wikipedia.com.

This plate features twin celestial hemispheres displaying the constellations in allegorical form. The map is copied from Pierre-Charles le Monnier's maps of 1743. In 1736-37 Le Monnier participated in an expedition to Lapland to measure the length of a degree of terrestrial latitude near the north pole. In commemoration of this work, he grouped some circumpolar stars into the new constellation of Le Reene (the reindeer).

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.

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Condition: A

A clean and bright example on a sheet with a bunch of grapes watermark and a hint of offsetting. Trimmed nearly to the neatline at both sides by the book binder.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $80

Closed on 9/13/2017

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