Copperplate engraving and etching on a verge type hand laid paper with watermark, not visible on every sheet.
Size in cm: The image size is ca. 21 x 35 cm. Size in inch: The image size is ca. 8.3 x 13.8 inch.
2 Plates : ‘Gravure en Lettre’. (Engraving of characters.) Complete set of 2 Plates. These plates deal with the art of engraving on paper. letters, geography, musical notes etc. These plates originate from: ‘Receuil de Plances.’ (plate section) of the encyclopedia. Copy of legend / description page(s) included. This old antique print originates from: ‘The Encyclopedie ou Dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers, par une Societe de Gens de lettres.’ which was published under the direction of Diderot and d’Alembert, with 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates between 1751 and 1772. It contained 72,000 articles written by more than 140 contributors. This encyclopdia was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences, as well as a means to propagate the ideas of the French Enlightment. The impact of this encyclopedia was enormous.Artists and Engravers: Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. Jean le Rond d’Alembert (1717-1783) was a French mathematician, mechanician, physicist and philosopher. These plates are engraved by J.A.Defehrt and Bonaventure/Benoit-Louis Prevost after J.R Lucotte or Goussier.
Condition: Very good. Irregular left margin from binding. General age related toning. Occasional light staining.
Keywords: 2 ANTIQUE PRINTS-ENGRAVING ON PAPER-GEOGRAPHY-MUSICAL NOTES-DIDEROT-BENARD