Copperplate engraving and etching on laid paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 26.5 x 40.5 cm. The image size is ca. 21 x 32 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 10.4 x 15.9 inch. The image size is ca. 8.3 x 12.6 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘Alphabets, Anciens et Modernes – Alphabet Siamois, Bali.’ – Plate 21: Alphabets, ancient and modern – Siamese, Balinese Alphabet. This engraving originates from the plate volume titled: ”Caracteres et Alphabets de Langues mortes et vivantes’ (characters and alphabets from ancient and current languages). This old antique engraved copperplate print originates from: ‘The Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société 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: Anonymous engraving. Author: 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.
Condition: Good, given age. Margins cropped a little. Stains in the lower right corner of the sheet and image. Impression faint in the top left corner. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-LANGUAGE-ALPHABET-BALI-SIAM-THAILAND-DIDEROT