Diderot on Shoemaking.
DIDEROT, Denis. Cordonnier (Shoemaker) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates Volume 3 (1763) and the supplementary plates volume (1777) Paris.
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 14 pages of descriptive text & 4 loose plates with their accompanying text sheet from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good. The text sheet has a slight fragment of the bottom corner missing.
The 4 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Cordonnier et Cordonnier-Bottier from Plates volume III and the supplementary volume of plates. Plates from Plates volume III are numbered 1-2, as are the two plates from the supplementary plates volume.
1 page (253) from volume I of the Encyclopédie (1751) including Alênes
1 page (460) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) including Cordonnier, quelques outils de son métier : buis
1 page (240) from volume IV of the Encyclopédie (1754) including Communauté des freres cordonniers
1 page (636) from volume XII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Pinces
2 pages (231 & 232) from volume I of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1776) which includes information on Le surjet
5 pages (601-605) from volume II of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1776) which includes Les ouvrages
3 pages (813-815) from volume IV of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes Travail de différentes especes de souliers
With some browning to a few leaves.
A charming scene of the shoe-maker's workshop opens these plates, and depicts a number of men at work and a gentleman having his feet measured. The plates display many of the cobbler's tools, lasts, and a variety of his products, including riding boots. Several articles related to the art of shoe making are included with these plates. Among them are the entries for Alene, Cordonnerie, Soulier and Pince.