Diderot on Playing Card Making.
DIDEROT, Denis. Cartier (Playing Card Maker) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 2 Paris (1763)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 2 pages of descriptive text & 6 loose plates with their accompanying 3 text sheets. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 6 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Cartier from volume II of plates. Plates are numbered 1-6. There is a sall fragment missing from the edge of sheet 2.
1 page (726) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) including La communauté de Paris & sur leurs statuts
1 page (166) from volume II of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1776) which includes Découvre le Canada
With some browning to a few leaves.
These plates examine the various stages in the production of high-quality playing cards, and the article on Cartier helps explain this craft.