Diderot on Musical Instrument Making.
DIDEROT, Denis. Lutherie (Musical Instrument Making) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 5 and the Supplementary Plates Volume Paris (1767)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 3 pages of descriptive text & 37 loose plates with their accompanying 3 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 33 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Lutherie from volume V of plates, alongside the 6 additional plates from the supplementary plates volume. The first section contains eleven plates numbered 1-11, while the second section contains 22 plates numbered 1-22. Plate 22 in this second section is a double plate and plate 10 is continued on a second sheet. Additionally there are 4 plates from the supplementary volume of plates, numbered 1-4 with two double plates (plates 2 & 4). Plate 4 from the supplementary volume is damaged, with a four inch horizontal tear in from the left edge.
Also with the relevant entries listed under Luth in the Table Analytique et Raisonnée du Dictionnaire des Sciences, Arts et Métiers. Vol 1 (1780)
1 page (778) from volume IX of the Encyclopédie (1765) including information on L'origine de cet instrument under Luth
1 page (252) from volume XVI of the Encyclopédie (1765) including En quoi le théobre en differe under Luth
1 page (815) from volume III of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes Luthier
With some browning to a few leaves.
The first 11 plates relate to the building of a pipe organ including a ratio of stops and a tuning scale. The remaining plates cover an array of instruments old and new and the tools used to make them. A graphic interpretation of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.