Diderot on Textile Bleaching.
DIDEROT, Denis. Blanchissage des Toiles (Textile Bleaching) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 2 Paris (1763)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 3 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 Blanchissage des Toiles from volume II of plates. Plates are numbered 1-2.
2 pages (275 & 276) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) including La blanchisserie en général
1 page (647) from volume V of the Encyclopédie (1755) including Blanchissage des Toiles: remarque sur cet article
With some browning to a few leaves.
These two plates examine the vats in which linen is washed, and then the presses through which they are rolled and dried. The work of Goussier, who accompanied Diderot on many visits to ateliers and workshops, these plates open with two delightful scenes of the bleaching fields and equipment used.