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Auction 99, Lot 10

"Frontispiece de l'Encyclopedie", Diderot, Denis

Subject: Title Page

Period: 1780 (circa)

Publication: Encyclopedie

Color: Black & White

6.1 x 8.5 inches
15.5 x 21.6 cm

A great allegorical engraving from a quarto edition of this infamous 18th century publication that caused a sensation throughout Europe and popularized the period of Enlightenment. The allegory represents Truth wrapped in a veil, encircled by Reason, Philosophy, Theology and other personifications of sciences, arts and crafts. This version, engraved by C. Boily and based on the original painting by Charles-Nicolas Cochin, is slightly revised from the original composition.


Condition: A

Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $110

Closed on 6/12/2002