Original Revolutionary War Era Antique Nautical Print 1783 - 1787 Plate 117
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Original Revolutionary War Era Antique Nautical Print 1783 - 1787 Plate 117:
Denis Diderot & Jean Le Rond D’Alembert (originators). – Charles Joseph Panckoucke (publisher) - Robert Benard (supervising engraver).
[Ship construction, and other details, plate number 117, from the ‘Marine’ section of the ‘Encyclopédie méthodique’
Paris: Panckoucke, no date but 1783-1787].
Copper engraving supervised by Benard, on laid paper, sheet size: 12 ½ x 18 inches.
Condition: central fold, neat repair to tears in lower blank margin, some small tears to edges, edge toning, some soft creasing.
A spectacular plate from the ‘Marine’ section of Panckoucke’s expanded edition Diderot and D’Alembert’s ‘Encyclopedie’, the paper with full margins and the original deckled edges
A powerful timeless image offering a fascinating glimpse into the methods used in ship construction during the 18th century, as well as some details of anchors and sails.
There are only 2 remaining complete original copies left in the World: one in the library of theTeyler's Museum, and one at a London antiquarian. “ (Wikipedia).
“The goal of an Encyclopédie is to assemble all the knowledge scattered on the surface of the earth, to demonstrate the general system to the people with whom we live, & to transmit it to the people who will come after us, so that the works of centuries past is not useless to the centuries which follow, that our descendants, by becoming more learned, may become more virtuous & happier, & that we do not die without having merited being part of the human race.” (Encyclopédie, Diderot)