Fine Stone Engraving.
DIDEROT, Denis. Gravure en Pierres Fines (Fine Stone Engraving) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 5 Paris (1767)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 4 pages of descriptive text & 3 loose plates with their accompanying text sheet 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 Gravure sur Pierres Fines from volume V of plates. Plates are numbered 1-3.
Also with the relevant entries listed under Pierres Fines in the Table Analytique et Raisonnée du Dictionnaire des Sciences, Arts et Métiers. Vol 2 (1780)
4 pages (595-598) from volume XII of the Encyclopédie (1765) with information on Gravures
With some browning to a few leaves.
Illustrating the art of engraving semi-precious stones, these plates give a fine overview of the engraver at work. Beginning with a studio scene demonstrating the use of his lathe, the next two plates show his key tools. Included also with the text are relevant entries by Chevalier Louis de Jaucourt on stonework, with particular reference to semi-precious artefacts.