Pl. XIV. Denis Diderot. Encyclopedie.. Paris: 1751-1772. $255.00
Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was a French philosopher and art critic of tremendous historical importance as a proponent of the Enlightenment movement. He is best known as the co-founder, editor and contributor to the famous encyclopedia Encyclopedie ou Dictionnaire raissonne des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Societe de Gens de lettres. It is a massive reference work of 17 volumes and 18,000 pages of text that attempted to describe and classify the arts, trades, sciences, history, ancient philosophy, mythology and genealogy in the pursuit of knowledge. At a time when the literate population was very small, there were an amazing 4,000 subscribers.
This plate shows designs for armor helmets and crowns.
15 2/8 x 10 ¼ inches, sheet. Engraving. Excellent condition. Framed in rag matting and beautiful reticulated wood molding. Finished size of 17 1/12 x 10 1/2 inches.