Diderot on Cutting and Embossing Fabrics.
DIDEROT, Denis. Découper et Gaufreur d'etoffes (cutting and embossing fabrics) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 3 Paris (1763)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 1 page of descriptive text & 3 loose plates with their accompanying text sheet from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 3 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Découpeur et Gaufreur d'etoffes from volume III of plates. Plates are numbered 1-3.
1 page (704) from volume IV of the Encyclopédie (1751) including Communauté des découpers à Pairs
With some browning to a few leaves.
With the text entry for Découpeur, these plates are a useful guide to eighteenth-century fabric cutting and embossing. The first plate shows a woman at work on a strip of fabric, and the tools she uses to cut the various patterns and shapes are displayed below. The following two plates are a close examination of the presses and rollers used in the embossing of fabrics.