Original Revolutionary War Era Antique Nautical Print 1783 - 1787 Plate 87 For Sale
Denis Diderot & Jean Le Rond D’Alembert (originators). – Charles Joseph Panckoucke (publisher) - Robert Benard (supervising engraver).
[Ship in dry dock, plate number 87 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 large void at lower centre, the missing material provided in manuscript facsimile, some small tears to edges, edge toning, some soft creasing, title 'Marine' lacking from area beneath image.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 maintainence during the 18th century.
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)
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