DIDEROT, Denis. Tuilerie (Tileworks) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 1. Paris (1762)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 3 pages of descriptive text & 3 loose plates. Slight browning to margins otherwise very good.
The three plates and descriptive text for the entry of Tuilerie (Tile-works).
Also with the relevant entries listed under Tuile in the Table Analytique et Raisonnée du Dictionnaire des Sciences, Arts et Métiers. Vol 2 (1780).
1 page (739) from volume XVI of the Encyclopédie (1765) including information on bâtiments où l'on fait la tuile under Tuiliere
2 pages (738-739) from volume XV1 of the Encyclopédie (1765) including information on Tuiles plates ou à crochet and Tuiles lucanieres under Tuiles
With some browning to a few leaves.
The three plates in this suite, with their additional three-page article, give an excellent introduction to 18th-century tile-making. With three scenes of tile-makers at work, these plates are not only informative, but also attractive. The forming of the tiles, the tools and some of the methods used are depicted. Also of interest are the detailed views and diagrams of the kiln.