Diderot on Cloth-making.
DIDEROT, Denis. Draperie (Cloth-making) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 3 Paris (1763)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 6 pages of descriptive text & 11 loose plates with their accompanying text sheet from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 11 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Draperie from volume III of plates. Plates are numbered 1-11. Plates 4 and 10 are double plates.
3 pages (107-109) from volume V of the Encyclopédie (1755) including information on Draperie en général
1 page (529) from volume VIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including information on L'art avec lequel les draperies doivent être jettées
1 page (906) from volume I of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1776) which includes La maniere de blanchir les étoffes de laine
1 page (701) from volume III of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes La maniere de laner ou garnir les draps
With some browning to a few leaves.
This suite of plates beings with a charming scene of two men washing textiles, one in a nearby stream and another in his vat. The following plates describe further the complex art of spinning cloth, and the many different pieces of equipment used. The double plates, for instance, display the larger machinery of the drapery. The text includes Draperie by Claude-Henri Watelet, best known for his writings on gardens and the arts, and several more specific papers on tools and processes, for instance Foulonier by Diderot.