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Book - Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux et les arts méchaniques, volume 1
  • Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux et les arts méchaniques, volume 1
    Diderot, Denis, born 1713 - died 1784
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Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux et les arts méchaniques, volume 1

  • Object:

    Book

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (published)

  • Date:

    1762-1772 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Diderot, Denis, born 1713 - died 1784 (editors)
    Alembert, Jean Le Rond d', born 1717 - died 1783 (editors)
    Briasson (printer)

  • Museum number:

    38041800786162

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 4, case CA2

Volume 1 of the Plates for Diderot's Encyclopedia, published as Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonnée des sciences, des arts, et des métiers, between 1751 and 1765.

Physical description

1 volume of plates
"C'est M. Besnard, graveur, qui a dirigé l'execution des planches le quatrième volume inclusivement jusqu'à la fin de la collection" -- Avertissment, v. 11, p. [ix].

Place of Origin

Paris (published)

Date

1762-1772 (published)

Artist/maker

Diderot, Denis, born 1713 - died 1784 (editors)
Alembert, Jean Le Rond d', born 1717 - died 1783 (editors)
Briasson (printer)

Dimensions

Height: 45 cm

Descriptive line

Book, 'Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux et les arts méchaniques', volume 1

Imprint of v. 4-7 omits Durand; imprint of v. 8-11 names Briasson only.
Includes index (v. 11).

Labels and date

The Encyclopédie

The Encyclopedia, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts (1751–72) was one of the great works of the Enlightenment. Its aim was to gather all available knowledge, to examine it critically and rationally, and to bring it to a wide public. With 17 volumes of text and 11 of illustrations, this was a vast collaborative project that involved many of the leading thinkers of the day, including Voltaire. The bulk of the work fell to Denis Diderot as author, editor and compiler.

Sugar Production
1762

Many of the engravings in the Encyclopédie show agricultural processes and the production of raw materials. Sugar – an essential of daily life in Europe – was grown in European colonies in the West Indies and South America using slave labour. The authors of the Encyclopédie deplored the use of slavery as an affront to the dignity of every human being.

France (Paris)
Etching and engraving
Denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond d’Alembert, eds, Recueil de Planches sur les Sciences, les arts libéraux et les arts méchaniques (plates to the Encyclopédie), Vol. 1
National Art Library

The Encyclopédie, Vol. 5, 1755:

‘Slave trade is the purchase of Negroes made by Europeans on the coasts of Africa, who then employ these unfortunate men as slaves in their colonies. This purchase of Negroes to reduce them into slavery is a trade that violates all religion, morals, natural law, and human rights.’ [09/12/2015]

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National Art Library

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