Fabrique des Armes (Arms Making
Fabrique des Armes (Arms Making

DIDEROT, Denis. Fabrique des Armes (Arms Making)

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Diderot on Arms Making.

DIDEROT, Denis. Fabrique des Armes (Arms Making) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Supplementary Plates volume Paris (1777)

Folio, 253 x 393mm. 48 pages of descriptive text & 7 loose plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 7 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Fabrique des Armes from the supplementary volume of plates. Plates are numbered 1-7.
Also with the relevant entries listed under Armes in the Table Analytique et Raisonnée du Dictionnaire des Sciences, Arts et Métiers. Vol I (1780)
3 pages (401, 461 & 743) from volume IV of the Encyclopédie (1754) including information on Les armes courtoises, Cri d'armes and Défi d'armes
1 page (383) from volume VI of the Encyclopédie (1756) including Le maniement des armes
18 pages (286, 300, 397, 720 & 985-998) from volume VII of the Encyclopédie (1757) including Anciennes armes des François, Sergent d'armes, Le calibre de ces armes, Réflexions sur ce sujer and Premieres armes qui ont été employées à la guerre
3 pages (8, 279 & 521) from volume VIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Les armes des cavaliers, des hussards, des dragons & des fantassins, Homme d'armes, and Les armes de jet
2 pages (172 & 177) from volume XI of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Noblesse par les armes and Noblesse de nom & d'armes
3 pages (109, 671 & 672) from volume XII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Pas d''armes and Places d'armes
2 pages (249 & 316) from volume XIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Poursuivant d'armes and L'honneur rendu en préfentant les armes
4 pages (322-324 & 574) from volume XIV of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Roi d'armes and Salle d'armes
10 pages (86-93, 120 & 121) from volume XV of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Servent d'armes, Service d'armes, and further information on Sergent d'armes
1 page (874) from volume XVI of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Veille des armes

With some browning to a few leaves.

This suite of seven plates depicts the manufacture of guns, the tools and machines used, and the mechanisms inside the weapons. There are many articles supporting the plates, and these range over a variety of military topics. With entries by Diderot, D'Alembert, Edme Mallet, Chevalier Louis de Jaucourt, Blondel and Boucher D'Argis, among many more, these plates are a fine example of the work of some of the key Encyclopédistes. Also included are entries by Louis-Élisabeth de La Vergne de Tressan, a French medievalist, writer and soldier.