Diderot on Arms-making.
DIDEROT, Denis. Armurier (Arms-maker) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 1 Paris (1762)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 21 pages of descriptive text & 2 loose plates with their accompanying text sheet. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 2 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Armurier from volume I of plates. Plates are numbered 1-2.
Also with the relevant entries listed under Armure in the Table Analytique et Raisonnée du Dictionnaire des Sciences, Arts et Métiers. Vol I (1780)
1 page (796) from volume VI of the Encyclopédie (1756) including Les ouvrages
1 page (164) from volume III of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes information on Armuriers turcs à Constantinople
13 pages (686-699) from volume I of the Encyclopédie (1751) which includes Armure en général under Armure
2 pages (9 & 62) from volume VIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on Le foldat obligé de tenir son armure dans la plus grande propreté and Les Romains under Armure
1 page (34) from volume II of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1776) which includes information on Bouclier que le comte de Saxe donne au foldat under Armure
3 pages (157, 383, & 933) from volume III of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes information on Armure dont le foldat devroit être couvert, Le pique, and Les anciens Grecs under Armure
With some browning to a few leaves.
These two plates display various medieval weapons and pieces of armour, and include a scene with a mounted horseman and an archer and a second depicting a knight standing in full armour beside his camp. The text which accompanies this suite contains the main article on Armes, contributed by Guillaume le Blond, a French mathematician with a particular interest in weapons and weaponry. Further supplementary papers were contributed by Edme-François Mallet, Marc-Antoine Eidous and Jacques-Nicolas Bellin. Le Blond and Bellin also contributed papers on Armée, and Armure was written by Mallet. More detailed papers on Les Filets by Diderot, La Hastair by Chevalier Louis de Jaucourt, shields and Eidous's contribution on Le Fustibale, a form of round sling,, are also found here among others. With articles by so many of the key Encyclopédists and eighteenth-century experts on weaponry, including Louis-François la Roziere, this is a very complete and impressive guide to the subject.