Denis Diderot (1713-1784) and Jean Le Rond d’Alembert
Piquer de Tabatieres, Incrusteur et Brodeur [Snuff Box Maker, Inlayer, and Decorator]
from Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des métiers et des arts
Book of engravings bound in original 18th Century section with brown paper covers
Two 15 1/2 x 10 inch plates
Remarkable reference book containing plates that accompanied Diderot’s “Encyclopedia,” a landmark work of the Enlightenment that depicted the tools and methods of artisans and tradespeople in a methodical and thorough way. This book shows the tools and manufacture of inlayed and embellished snuffboxes.
Condition: Prints generally very good with the usual light toning, wear, soiling, softcreases. Some edges lightly bumped, chipped or worn. Covers in similar condition, sometimes generally showing a little more wear than prints. Light brown stain in extreme lower left corner of some plates but does not intrude on image; can be easily matted out.