Titel: Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les ...
Paris, Briasson a.o. (vol. 12: Paris / Amst., Panckoucke a.o./ M. Rey), 1762-1777. 12 vols. 2786 (of 2789) engr. (double-p.) (fold.) plates w. accomp. textpages. Uniform contemp. mottled calf w. ribbed and richly gilt spine and 2 mor. letterpieces. Folio. - Lacks 3 plates: plate 15 of the section 'Art Heraldique' (vol. 2) and plate 18 and 19 of the section 'Monnoyage' (vol. 8), otherwise complete cf. the lists of contents. All vols. w. (vague) waterstain in upper corner and blank fore-edge margin, occas. more severe and sl. extending into the text/ image and (somewhat) mouldy at places (esp. the first third of vol. 1, w. the title and first 2 text lvs. repaired in blank margins). Two vols. lack last free endpaper; one textleaf in vol. 6 lacks lower corner w. loss of words); 2 large fold. plates sl. worn on folds. Bindings with some restorations at spine-ends, corners and boardedges; 3 vols. lack 1 letterpiece and 1 vol. lacks 2 letterpieces. On the whole a good set, rarely found in this (near) complete state. # PMM 200; Graesse II, p.389. The plates to the famous Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers, first published 1751-1765, covering all aspects of science, industries and arts. "A monument in the history of European thought; (.) a permanent source for all aspects of eighteenth-century civilization (.). The Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert remained, and remains, unique." (PMM). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 256019
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