Caractères et Alphabets de Langues Mortes et Vivantes (Characters and Alphabets
Caractères et Alphabets de Langues Mortes et Vivantes (Characters and Alphabets
Caractères et Alphabets de Langues Mortes et Vivantes (Characters and Alphabets

DIDEROT, Denis. Caractères et Alphabets de Langues Mortes et Vivantes (Characters and Alphabets of Dead and Living Languages)

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DIDEROT, Denis. Caractères et Alphabets de Langues Mortes et Vivantes (Characters and Alphabets of Dead and Living Languages) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 2 Paris (1763)

Folio, 253 x 393mm. 17 pages of descriptive text & 25 loose plates with their accompanying 9 text sheets. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 25 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Caractères et Alphabets de Langues Mortes et Vivantes from volume II of plates. Plates are numbered 1-25. Each plate is individually titled under the category of Alphabets, Anciens et Modernes.
1 page (400) from volume III of the Encyclopédie (1753) including information on Carcteres chronologiques
1 page (638) from volume V of the Encyclopédie (1755) including Avantages & désavantage des moyens que les hommes ont inventés pour transmettre leurs idées
1 page (405) from volume IX of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Carcteres décriture
1 page (499) from volume XIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Carcteres prosodiques
2 pages (437 & 594) from volume XIV of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Carcteres runiques and Caracteres samaritains
1 page (503) from volume I of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1776) which includes Caracteres arabes
3 pages (295-297) from volume I of the Encyclopédie (1751) which includes Alphabet under Alphabet
1 page (479) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) which includes information on Auteurs cabalistes qui en parlent under Alphabet
1 page (518) from volume III of the Encyclopédie (1753) which includes information on Alphabet secret under Alphabet
1 page (639) from volume V of the Encyclopédie (1755) which includes information on Nouvel alphabet que doit se faire l'auteur d'un vocabulaire under Alphabet
2 pages (406 & 408) from volume IX of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes Il n'est pas possible d'imaginer un corps de lettres élémentaires commun à toutes les nations and Les ouvrages à consulter pour connoître l'histoire under Alphabet
1 page (736) from volume XVI of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on Les corrections que notre alphabet exigeroit under Alphabet
1 page (480) from volume XVII of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes further information on Les corrections que notre alphabet exigeroit under Alphabet
With some browning to a few leaves.

This suite of plates, whose text sheets go into great depth on the forms and histories of each list of characters, display many alphabets both ancient and modern, including those oriental, Arabic, Ethiopian, Egyptian, Icelandic, Anglo-Saxon, Russian, Polynesian and Chinese. A brief article on Alphabets grec et latin accompanies these plates, among others selected from the text volumes of the Encyclopédie. The article is the work of Edme-François Mallet, a French theologian and a key Encyclopédist.

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