Diderot on Dressmaking.
DIDEROT, Denis. Couturiere (Dressmaker) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. From the supplementary plates volume Paris (1777)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 3 pages of descriptive text & 1 loose plate. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 1 unnumbered plate and descriptive text for the entry of Couturiere from the supplementary volume of plate.
1 page (420) from volume IV of the Encyclopédie (1754) including Quatre sorte d'ouvrieres renfermées dans leur corps
2 pages (643 & 644) from volume II of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1776) which includes Comment elle prend les mesures and Autres ouvrages de couturiere
With some browning to a few leaves.
The engraved plate depicts front and rear views of a gentlewoman dressed in a robe à la française, next to a maidservant dressed in a bodice and ankle-length skirt. Below a number of engraved details show paper patterns for the robe above, as well as patterns for a frock coat and waistcoat. Included also are the main entries for Couturiere from both the main and supplementary text volumes, one by Diderot himself.