Diderot on Needle Making, Needle-Cap Making & Starch Paste Making.
DIDEROT, Denis. Aiguillier, Aiguiller-Bonnetier, Amydonnier (Needle Maker, Needle-Cap Maker & Starch Maker) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 1 Paris (1762)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 3 pages of descriptive text & 4 loose plates with their accompanying text sheet. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 4 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Aigullier, Aigullier-Bonnetier, & Amydonnier from volume I of plates. There are two plates entitled Aiguiller, and these are numbered 1-2. There is one plate entitled Aigullier-Bonnetier and another entitled Amydonier, and neither of these is numbered.
3 pages (203-205) from volume I of the Encyclopédie (1751) including Aiguille de tailleur
With some browning to a few leaves.
These four plates from Diderot's Encyclopédie show the eighteenth-century processes followed in the production of needles, needle caps, and starch. Each plate is headed with a workshop scene, and displays clearly the tools used. The plates are accompanied by a lengthy article titled Aiguille and contributed by Antoine Louis, famous for designing the first prototype of the guillotine. This is followed by a short subsection by Diderot on les Couteliers, the profession of his father.