Artificier. Contenant Sept Planches.
[Paris, Neuchâtel & Amsterdam: Briasson, le Breton, Durand & Panckoucke, c.1772.]
Folio, stitched extract; pp. (ii), 7 numbered engraved plates, as called for.
The complete set of seven plates relating to the work of pyrotechnicians or firework-makers. The plates show a workshop, tools and design of various fireworks, and the text contains a 145-point key. Published in the "Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences" edited by Denis Diderot (1713 - 1784), French philosopher, art critic and writer. The 35 volumes took nearly 30 years to produce (1751-1780): the opposition from both the French State Prosecutor and Pope Clement XIII meant that much of the work was published secretly, although Diderot learned after publication that his printer was still censoring his final proofs.
[Ref: 17909] £120.00