Copperplate engraving and etching on a verge type hand laid paper with watermark, not visible on every sheet. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 47.5 x 39.3 cm. The image size is ca. 41.2 x 33.5 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 18.7 x 15.5 inch. The image size is ca. 16.2 x 13.2 inch.
Plate I – VI: ‘Mineralogie, Machine pour l’ Epuisement des eaux des Mines et por sortir le Minerai.’ (Mineralogy, waterwheel). Set of 5 plates, 1 double size folio and folding. The plates show the Waterwheel in the Silver-Lead Mine of Pont-Pean, France. 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: Excellent. General age related toning and occasional light staining. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: 5 ANTIQUE PRINTS-MINERALOGY-WATERWHEEL-PONT PEAN-FRANCE-DIDEROT-BENARD