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    Over Two Hundred Engravings
    Supplementing Diderot's Masterpiece

    [Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d'Alembert]. Recueil de Planches, sur les Sciences, les Arts Liberaux, et les Arts Mechaniques, avec leur explication. Huitieme Livraison, ou Neuvieme Volume. Paris: Chez Briasson, 1771. Volume nine from the eleven volume series of illustrations, published to accompany Diderot's and d'Alembert's controversial eighteenth century masterpiece, Encylopedie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonne des Sciences, des Arts et des Metiers... . Folio. Two-hundred and ten engraved plates, several folding. Bound in full brown calf, rebacked with original spine laid on top, six raised spine bands with leather title labels [Recueil/ de/ Planche/ Tom IX] and gilt decorations in compartments, marbled endpapers. Binding rubbed, scuffed and chipped, leather crazed; hinges cracking, small paper lifts on marbled endpapers, bookplate remnants on front pastedown, pages cockled, occasional foxing or light browning, minor soiling; else in very good condition.
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    "During the 1760s and 1770s, the Academie Francaise published a massive encyclopedia (about 20 folio-sized volumes) dealing exclusively with the crafts and trades. It was accompanied by almost as many volumes of engraved plates of illustrations. The following plates are from these supplements, either illustrating fashion-related trades or depicting people going about their trade." - A. Bender, La Couturuer Parisienne.



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