Diderot on Fan Making.
DIDEROT, Denis. Eventailliste (Fan maker) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 4 Paris (1765)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 4 pages of descriptive text & 4 loose plates with their accompanying text sheet from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 4 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Eventailliste from volume IV of plates. Plates are numbered 1-4.
Also with the relevant entries listed under Eventail in the Table Analytique et Raisonnée du Dictionnaire des Sciences, Arts et Métiers. Vol 1 (1780)
1 page (509) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) including L'article Bois
3 pages (138, 139 & 850) from volume VI of the Encyclopédie (1756) including information on Eventails en général and Fleches d'éventails
With some browning to a few leaves.
This suite of plates charts the processes involved in the creation of a fan, a key eighteenth-century fashion accessory, following from the preparation of the paper and its painting to the fixing of the sticks and ribs. The text includes the entries for Eventail, Eventailliste and Fleches.