Artificier - fireworks, from The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert.
c. 1750. Six copper engravings showing the tools, stands and products that are part of the manufacturing process of making fireworks. Plates numbered 1-6, with 145 figures.
The Encyclopédie was the major achievement of the French Enlightenment whose aim, in Diderot's words, was to "change the common way of thinking" through the expansion of knowledge and the development of critical modes of thought.
Plate mark 7 x 9" on 9 x 12" cream paper. Very clean. Item #27823
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