Diderot on Harness and Saddle Makers.
DIDEROT, Denis. Bourrelier et Bourrelier-Bastier (Harness and Saddle Maker) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 2 Paris (1763)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 7 loose plates with their accompanying 2 text sheets. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 7 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Bourrelier et Bourrelier-Bastier from volume II of plates. Plates are numbered 1-7. There are four plates titled Bourrelier and three plates titled Bourrelier Bastier
With some browning to a few leaves.
This suite of plates is a comprehensive study of the art of the saddler in the eighteenth-century. All manner of harnesses are displayed, as are the many different tools used in their fabrication, with two scenes of the craftsmen at work. The plates are the work of Goussier, who was the main proponent for the plates volumes and who executed many of the designs himelf, accompanying Diderot on almost all of his visits to ateliers and workshops.