last 7 days
last 30 days
older than 30 days

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller

Menuisier en Voiture (Carriage Carpentry). Encyclopédie

Menuisier en Voiture (Carriage Carpentry). Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 7.

Diderot, Denis. Paris (1769). Folio, 253 x 393mm. 17 pages of descriptive text & 30 loose plates with their accompanying 3 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good. § The 30 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Menuisier en Voiture from volume VII of plates. Plates are numbered 1-30.Also with the relevant entries listed under Voiture and Voiturier in the Table Analytique et Raisonnée du Dictionnaire des Sciences, Arts et Métiers. Vol II (1780)2 pages (129 & 444) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) including information on Basternes and Brouettes2 pages (14 & 697) from volume III of the Encyclopédie (1753) including information on Chaises de poste and Voiture par terrers plus coûteuse pour les marchandises que par eau1 page (592) from volume IX of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Les Romains1 page (775) from volume XI of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Usage en Asie1 page (386) from volume XIV of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Observations sur les roues des voitures3 pages (426, 427 & 473) from volume XVII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including information on Voitures publiques, Voitures pour porter les marchandises, and Vourstes1 page (826) from volume I of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1776) which includes further information on Basternes1 page (116) from volume II of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1776) which includes information on Caleches1 page (994) from volume IV of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes de méchanique1 page (775) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) which includes Voitures dans les états du grand feigneur under Voiturier1 page (693) from volume IV of the Encyclopédie (1754) which includes information on Déclarations des voituriers de marchandises under Voiturier1 page (72) from volume V of the Encyclopédie (1755) which includes information on Obligations des voituriers par rapport aux bureaux des douanes and Feuilleret under Voiturier1 page (413) from volume XIV of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on Voituriers oyu rouliers under VoiturierWith some browning to a few leaves.
Fayencerie (Crockery). Encyclopédie

Fayencerie (Crockery). Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 4.

Diderot, Denis. Paris (1765). Folio, 253 x 393mm. 55 pages of descriptive text & 12 loose plates with their accompanying 3 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good. § The 12 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Fayencerie from volume IV of plates. Plates are numbered 1-12.Also with the relevant entries listed under Fayence in the Table Analytique et Raisonnée du Dictionnaire des Sciences, Arts et Métiers. Vol 1 (1780)5 pages (371, & 455-460) from volume VI of the Encyclopédie (1756) including La ville de Faenza en Italie and Fayence en général1 page (609) from volume XVI of the Encyclopédie (1765) including information on Fayence trezalée2 pages (33 & 518) from volume IV of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes Manufacture de fayence and Poterie de fayenceWith some browning to a few leaves.All aspects of pottery and crockery have been examined in these plates, originally designed by Lucotte. Opening with a scene of the earthworks, the plates display both simple and ornate crockery, a variety of tools and pieces of equipment, and most notably different types of pottery wheels with accurate representations of kilns and a pottery mill. Lucotte's contribution to the plates volumes is far more extensive than to the text volumes, designing over 650 himself and writing around forty-five commentaries. He was heavily influenced by the Descriptions des arts et métiers of the Paris Académie royale des sciences, as seen here. Although not working on one of his specialities, he approaches his work on pottery and crockery with his characteristic enthusiasm and attention to detail.
Forges ou art du fer (Forges or the Art of Making Iron). Encyclopédie

Forges ou art du fer (Forges or the Art of Making Iron). Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 4.

Diderot, Denis. Paris (1765). 41 pages of descriptive text & 52 loose plates with their accompanying 23 textsheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good. § The 52 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Forges ou Art du Fer from volume IV of plates. The first section contains ten plates,numbered 1-10. The second section also contains ten plates,numbered 1-10, although plates 1 and 2 are double plates. The third sections contains twelve plates, numbered 1-12, with plates 1 and 2 being double plates. The fourth section is made up of 7 plates, numbered 1-7, with plates 1, 2 and 3 being double plates. There is a small about of damage to plate 5 of the fourth section.This mammoth suite of plates tackles the casting of iron, beginning with images of various mines and the collecting of ore. Small and giant furnaces are examined, and the casting and finishing of the iron are shown. All aspects of forging are covered in this incredible suite of plates. No guide to eighteenth-century forging is so complete and comprehensive. Also included to help explain the art are many text entries on the subject, carefully selected from the Encyclopédie text volumes.These include articles by Diderot and Étienne-Jean Bouchu, a pioneering French steelmaker. Furthermore an article on the casting of horseshoes was contributed by Claude Bourgelat, a renowned veterinary surgeon.
Mosaïque (Mosaics) Encyclopédie

Mosaïque (Mosaics) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 8.

Diderot, Denis. Paris (1771). Folio 253 x 393mm. 14 pages of descriptive text & 5 loose plates with their accompanying 2 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good. § The 5 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Mosaïque from volume VIII of plates. Plates are numbered 1-5. Plate 4 is a double plate.1 page (659) from volume VIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Les Romains11 pages (78, 79 & 741-750) from volume X of the Encyclopédie (1765) including information on Compartimens de pavés en marbre and Mosaïque en général.1 page (193) from volume XII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including L'usage des pavés en mosaïque à Rome.1 page (353) from volume III of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes Mosaïque de Herculanum.Included with these plates are several relevant entries on Mosaics, including the main ten-page article by Chevalier Louis de Jaucourt. The article primarily concerns the role of mosaics in Christendom philosophy and also their manufacture. Despite focusing largely on the sciences, Jaucourt has been regarded as an important philosopher as well. The article for mosaics is therefore a good example of this polymath's varied interest and specialties. The 5 plates largely concern the workmanship of this art and the atelier itself. 8 mosaic patterns are also reproduced, including Europe Raised by Jupiter, Neptune and his Trident and a Barge on the Nile. There is one double plate depicting the Nile Mosaic of Palestrina, with various useful annotations. Thought to be the earliest Roman depiction of Nilotic scenes, close examination suggests that it was produced in the reign of Sulla (ca. 100 B.C). It is important for a number of reasons, and could possibly be one of the mosaics referred to by Pliny in his Naturalis Histori? Having remained in the Barberini family since the 17th-century, the mosaic can now be found in the Museu Nazionale Prenestino.
Histoire Naturelle

Histoire Naturelle, Regne Végétal (Plants). Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 6.

Diderot, Denis. Paris: (1768). Folio, 253 x 393mm. 59 pages of descriptive text & 11 loose plates with their accompanying 2 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good. § The 11 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Histoire Naturelle, Regne Végétal from volume VI of plates. The eleven plates are numbered 94-101 with 2 accompanying text sheets. 2 pages (489 & 491) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) including Collection du cabinet du roi dans le regne végétal and Soin que demande dans un cabinet l'entretien des végétaux.1 page (228) from volume VIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including further information on Les rapports & différences des végétaux.2 pages (182 & 871) from volume XVI of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Observations sur la nature de la terre matrice des végétaux and Son usage dans les mets1 page (744) from volume XVII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Les animaux qui forment la nuance entre le regne végétal et le regne animal.1 page (532) from volume IV of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes further information on Les animaux qui forment la nuance entre le regne végétal et le regne animal.3 pages (233, 583, 610) from volume I of the Encyclopédie (1751) which includes Causes de la végétation, La nutrition des plantes and Principe qui, selon quelques anciens, détermine chaque végétation en son espece under Végétation2 pages (516 & 653) from volume VI of the Encyclopédie (1756) which includes information on Les anciens and Usage de feuilles dans la végétation.1 page (646) from volume VII of the Encyclopédie (1757) which includes La description de celle d'une graine under Végétation1 page (290) from volume XI of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on La nutrition des plantes under Végétation17 pages (710-726) from volume XII of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes L'explication de l'économie végétale under Végétation.1 page (746) from volume XIII of the Encyclopedie (1765) which includes information on La nutrition des plantes under Végétation.10 pages (953-962) from volume XVI of the Encyclopédie (1765) includes information on Végétation, Histoire Naturelle, Botanique under Végétation.1 page (45) from volume II of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1776) which includes Etat d'imperfection où cette partie de la botanique se trouve encore and Mammelons intercutanés d'où se forment, selon les circonstances, des branches ou des racines under Végétarian. 16 pages (207-222) from volume III of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes Germination under Végetation.
Art Militaire (Military Arts). Encyclopédie

Art Militaire (Military Arts). Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 1

Diderot, Denis. Paris (1762). Folio, 253 x 393mm. 20 pages of descriptive text & 49 loose plates with their accompanying 4 text sheets. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good. § The 37 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Art Militaire from volume I of plates, with the additional 12 plates from the Supplementary Plates Volume. There are three sets of plates under this section in volume I, and these are titled Exercice (5 numbered plates), Evolutions (numbered plates 1-15), and Fortification (17 numbered plates, with plate 8 divided over two sheets). In the Supplementary Plates Volume there are another five sets of plates, and these are titled Tactique des Grecs (2 numbered plates, both with a 4 inch vertical incision within the left margin), Tactique des Romains (3 numbered plates), Art Militaire des Turcs (3 numbered plates, with one double plate), Fortification (1 unumbered plate), and lastly Nouvelle Artillerie (3 numbered plates, with two double plates, one of which is continued on a second sheet). There were originally thirteen another plates in this suite from the Supplementary Plates Volume covering the topic Arms and Machines of War but these are all missing.7 pages (238-244) from volume VI of the Encyclopédie (1756) including Exercices militaire des Romains1 page (1018) from volume VII of the Encyclopédie (1757) including Gymnastique militaire5 pages (511-514 & 577) from volume X of the Encyclopédie (1765) including information on La discipline des Romains en général and Congés militaires1 page (250) from volume XII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Peines militaires3 pages (98, 537 & 858) from volume XIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Avantages des institutions militaires des anciens sur les nôtres, par rapport à la population, Récompenses militaires and further information on Peines militaires4 pages (101-104) from volume XV of the Encyclopédie (1765) including La discipline militaire des légionsWith some browning to a few leaves.This large suite of plates covers almost all aspects of the military arts, displaying many manoeuvres, formations, and uniforms. Furthermore, illustrations of a variety of fortifications, canon, catapults and battle plans help to make this a broad-ranging and fascinating study of the subject. A large amount of text accompanies this suite of plates, describing military strategy, exercises and other topics, for instance the Roman military system. These include contributions by Charles-Louis de'Authville Des Amourettes, Guilluame Le Blond, and Chevalier Louis de Jaucourt, the aristocrat who help fund the project and who wrote aroun d one quarter of the Encyclopédie.
Brasserie (Brewery). Encyclopédie

Brasserie (Brewery). Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 2.

Diderot, Denis. Paris (1763). Folio, 253 x 393mm. 22 pages of descriptive text & 5 loose plates with their accompanying text sheet. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good. § The 5 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Brasserie from volume II of plates. Plates are numbered 1-5.Also with the relevant entries listed under Biere in the Table Analytique et Raisonnée du Dictionnaire des Sciences, Arts et Métiers. Vol I (1780)6 pages (400 - 405) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) detailing the methods and equipment used in a brewery.2 pages (212-213) from volume I of the Encyclopédie (1751) which includes Aile under Biere3 pages (245, 246 & 389) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) which includes information on L'usage de la biere vient d'Égypte, Les Espagnoles, and Biere des Turcs appellée bosa under Biere1 page (240) from volume III of the Encyclopédie (1753) which includes Châtaignes qui seroient propres à fournir une bonne biere under Biere1 page (322) from volume VIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on Les bonnes & mauvaises qualités que le houblon donne à la bierre under Biere1 page (949) from volume IX of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on La biere en Angleterre under Biere1 page (903) from volume XV of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on La biere des Chinois nommée tarasum under Biere2 pages (465 & 576) from volume XVI of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes Lieu où l'on fait sécher le grain pour la biere and L'usage du tressle de marais pour la biere, à la place du houblon under Biere3 pages (293, 297 & 681) from volume XVII of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on Méthod pour faire la biere avec le malt, Comment on rétablit les petites bieres qui se sont aigries and La biere avec une grande quantité de houblon under Biere2 pages (303 & 738) from volume III of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes Vinaigre de biere and Levure de biere under BiereWith some browning to a few leaves.These plates display the ovens, vats and equipment of an eighteenth-century brewhouse, including a horse-powered mill. Diderot's paper on La Brasserie, accompanying these plates, describes the workings of the building and the processes carried out therein. Other articles which follow are Aile, Bierre, Houblon, Malt, Tarasun, Touraille, the kiln in which the hops are dried, and Levure or yeast.
Fleuriste Artificiel (Artificial flower maker). Encyclopédie

Fleuriste Artificiel (Artificial flower maker). Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 4.

Diderot, Denis. Paris (1765). Folio, 253 x 393mm. 1 page of descriptive text & 8 loose plates with their accompanying text sheet from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good. § The 8 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Fleuriste Artificiel from volume IV of plates. Plates are numbered 1-8. Plate 8 is a double plate.1 page (780) from volume XVII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including information on Les ouvrages : description des opérations de son art.With some browning to a few leaves.An important home industry in the eighteenth-century, France was for some time at the forefront of the manufacture of artificial flowers. The first plate's charming studio scene depicts a small, yet busy and lively workshop. Further plates show the patterns used and the tools employed, the aim of the plates volumes being the provision of useful guides for learning and improving the craft. The final plate, larger than the rest, is an illustration of a marvellous table display, a depiction of a formal garden. The suite, and the accompanying article on Fleuriste are the work of Jacques-Raymond Lucotte, whose contribution to the plates volumes is far more extensive than his work in the text volumes. He designed over 650 himself and wrote around forty-five of their commentaries. He was heavily influenced by the Descriptions des arts et métiers of the Paris Académie royale des sciences. Although his speciality was masonry and architecture, his contribution on artificial flowers is characteristic of his attention to detail.
Forge des Ancres (Anchor Forging). Encyclopédie

Forge des Ancres (Anchor Forging). Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 7

Diderot, Denis. Paris (1769). Folio, 253 x 393mm. 12 pages of descriptive text & 8 loose plates with their accompanying 16 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good. § The 8 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Forge des Ancres from volume VII of plates. Plates are numbered 1-8.6 pages (162, & 442-446) from volume I of the Encyclopédie (1751) including Ancre d'affourche and Les ancres en général3 pages (339, 355 & 418) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) including information on Boussoirs soutenir l'ancre and Lorsque le cable s'est rompu and Brider l'ancre1 page (689) from volume V of the Encyclopédie (1755) including Enjabler une ancre1 page (860) from volume VII of the Encyclopédie (1757) including Les grappins1 page (463) from volume VIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Jas d'ancre2 pages (187 & 188) from volume XII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Patte d'une ancre1 page (806) from volume XVI of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Ancre des Chinois1 page (188) from volume I of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1776) which includes further information on Ancre d'affourcheWith some browning to a few leaves.This impressive suite of plates depicts the construction of enormous anchors and the gigantic forges in which they are created. Massive levers and pulleys are used to move the components and the finished anchors, which would be used on the battleships of their day. Also included are many relevant text entries, most of which were contributed by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, a French philosophe and hydrographer. These include the main entry for Ancre, Grappin, Jas D'Ancre, and those on other processes and parts. Other articles include those by Chevalier Louis de Jaucourt and Chevalier de la Coudraye, a naval officer and politician.