Diderot on Spur-making.
DIDEROT, Denis. Eperonnier (Spur-maker) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 4 Paris (1765)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 6 pages of descriptive text & 16 loose plates with their accompanying 2 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 16 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Eperonnier from volume IV of plates. Plates are numbered 1-16.
6 pages (559, 765-769) from volume V of the Encyclopédie (1755) including Réglemens, Les chevaux and Pourquoi cette communauté a quitté S. Eloi pour invoquer S. Gilles.
With some browning to a few leaves.
With the main text entries for Eperon and Eperonnier, this suite of plates is a comprehensive guide to the many different types of eighteenth-century spur both English and French, and how they are created. The fabrication of the horse's bits and spurs are shown being made, with two visually-delightful, busy workshop views.