Price: € 44,50

Subject: Plate : 'Architecture, Machine � forer les pierres et a tourner les bases des colonnes.' (Machine Used to Drill Rocks and to Turn the Bases of Columns).
Condition: Good. General age-related toning. Occasional light staining mainly in the margins. Please study scan carefully.
Medium: Copperplate engraving / etching on a verge type hand-laid paper.
Size (in cm): The overall size is ca. 18.5 x 25.5 cm. The image size is ca. 14.5 x 21 cm.
Size (in inch): The overall size is ca. 7.3 x 10 inch. The image size is ca. 5.7 x 8.3 inch.
Part Number: 36025
Location: A249-15
Description: This old antique print originates from: 'The Encyclopedie ou Dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers, par une Societe de Gens de lettres.' which was published under the direction of Diderot and d'Alembert, with 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates between 1751 and 1772. It contained 72,000 articles written by more than 140 contributors. This encyclopdia was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences, as well as a means to propagate the ideas of the French Enlightment. The impact of this encyclopedia was enormous. This print if from the 4to edition published in 1779.

Artists and Engravers: Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. Jean le Rond d'Alembert (1717-1783) was a French mathematician, mechanician, physicist and philosopher. This plate by Benard.