Diderot on Pin Making.
DIDEROT, Denis. Epinglier (Pin 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 & 3 loose plates with their accompanying 4 text sheets 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 Epinglier from volume IV of plates. Plates are numbered 1-3, and plates 2 and 3 are double.
1 page (210) from volume I of the Encyclopédie (1751) including Réunion de leur communauté à celle des aiguilliers
5 pages (804-808) from volume V of the Encyclopédie (1755) including Observations sur le corps des épingliers à Paris
With some browning to a few leaves.
With detailed text from both the plates and letterpress volumes of the Encyclopédie, this suite on the manufacture of pins is a useful guide to the methods used in the eighteenth-century when creating hatpins, hairpins, and a number of other forms of pin. The main text entry was contributed by Delaire, an expert of the manufacture of needles, pins etc. Further, more specific pin-related entries were contributed by Antoine-Gaspard Boucher d'Argis, a French lawyer.