Diderot on Shoe Tree Making.
DIDEROT, Denis. Formier (Shoe Tree 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 Formier from volume IV of plates. Plates are numbered 1-4.
1 page (702) from volume XII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Plane de formiers
3 pages (781-783) from volume XII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including information on Les ouvrages
With some browning to a few leaves.
These plates, accompanied by the text entry for Formier, are a clear guide to the art of shoe-tree and boot-tree manufacture. The suite is the work of Jacques-Raymond Lucotte. Although his speciality was masonry and architecture, his contribution here is characteristic of his attention to detail.