Lot 139 - A196 Books & Autographs - Wednesday, 24. March 2021, 02.00 PM

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Diderot, [Denis] - D'Alembert, [Jean Le Rond].
Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des art et des métiers... 17 text volumes, 4 supplement volumes, 12 plate volumes, 2 index volumes, altogether 35 volumes. With 1 engraved frontispiece (together with the rare explanation sheet by Diderot), 1 folding engraved tree diagram, 2,832 (of 3,129; of which 302 double-page and 19 multiple folding) copperplate engravings and 7 folding tables.
Paris, Briasson et al., 1751-1772 (text vols. 1-7 and plate vols. 1-12); Neufchâstel (i.e. Paris), Faulche, 1765 (text vols. 8-17); Amsterdam, Panckoucke and Rey, 1776-1777 (supplements and supplement plate volume). Folio. Contemporary mottled calf with 2 labels on spine, gilt edges and richly gilt spine (extremities of spine and edges somewhat rubbed).

Adams, Diderot I, G1 - Tchemerzine IV, 434-435 - PMM 200 - Brunet II, 700 - Graesse II, 389 - Ebert 6709. - The first and original edition with all plate, supplement and index volumes. - The Encyclopédie, edited by Diderot and D'Alembert, who were also responsible for writing a majority of the approx. 72,000 entries, is considered the most important work of the Enlightenment. Today it stands as an outstanding source of eighteenth-century society, culture and science. "A monument in the history of European thought; the acme of the Age of Reason" (PMM).

CHF 18 000 / 28 000

€ 16 820 / 26 170

Sold for CHF 41 780 (including buyer’s premium)
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