Diderot on Furriers.
DIDEROT, Denis. Fourreur (Furrier) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 4 Paris (1765)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 11 pages of descriptive text & 6 loose plates with their accompanying text sheet from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 51 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Fourreur from volume IV of plates. Plates are numbered 1-6.
1 page (556) from volume I of the Encyclopédie (1751) including La maniere de les passer en huile
8 pages (254-262) from volume VII of the Encyclopédie (1757) including Fourreurs
1 page (751) from volume IX of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Préparation qui fert à lustrer les fourrures
With some browning to a few leaves.
This suite of plates examines the craft of the furrier, and the tools and skills used in the manufacture of fine furs. A charming scene of the furrier's shop depicts a woman selecting a roll of fur and a furrier at work. The main entry for Fourreur is also included with the suite, and this helps to explain the subject further.