DIDEROT, Denis. Maçonnerie (Masonry) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 1 Paris (1762)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 44 pages of descriptive text & 13 loose plate sheets. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 13 plate sheets and descriptive text for the entry of Maçonerie from volume I of plates. Plates are numbered 1-13.
Also with the relevant entries listed under Maçon in the Table Analytique et Raisonnée du Dictionnaire des Sciences, Arts et Métiers. Vol II (1780)
4 pages (163, & 421-423) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) including Maniere de bâtir les chaumieres en torchis and L'usage de bâtir en brique
33 pages (803-836) from volume IX of the Encyclopédie (1753) including information on Origine de cet art, et maçonerie en général
2 pages (718 & 724) from volume XI of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Les ouvrages de maçoneire et les outils de maçon
1 page (580) from volume XII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Les pierres de maçonerie
2 pages (177 & 183) from volume XVI of the Encyclopédie (1765) including La terre par rapport à l'art de bâtir
1 page (384) from volume IV of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes Sur la maniere de bâtir en pisé
1 page (302) from volume IV of the Encyclopédie (1754) which includes Création de jurés under Maçon
With some browning to a few leaves.
Included with these plates is the longest of Lucotte's articles on the mechanical arts. Masonry was an area of particular interest to Lucotte, whose style owes much to Blondel's Architecture François. The thirty-three page article delves deeply into the craft, examining the masons, the origin of their trade, different sorts of stones, methods and tools. Lucotte was praised for the quality of his entries, and later developed this article into his book L'Art de la Maçonnerie (1783).
The plates themselves are also a very thorough examination of the craft. All aspects of stonemasonry are covered from the quarrying of the material and its trasportation to its use in arches, bridges, foundations and walls. In addition to these, four plates are devoted to the mason's tools, detailing various cranes, mallets and set-squares. The opening scene of this suite demonstrates many of these tools and practises being employed in the mason's yard.