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18th Century French Crafts & Trades - 2 volumes of Diderot Illustrations

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller joslinhall (8,390) 100%, Location: Northampton, Massachusetts, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 163120639915 “A Diderot Pictorial Encyclopedia of Trades and Industry” Published in New York by Dover Publications in 1959. description continues below the picture- - - - DISCUSSION: A massive collection of plates from Diderot's 'Encyclopedie' illustrating and describing a vast variety of late 18th century trades and industries. The “Encyclopedie, ou dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des métiers” ("Encyclopedia, or a systematic dictionary of the sciences, arts, and crafts") was one of the greatest achievements of scholarship and literature in the late 18th century world. Published in France under the editorship of Denis Diderot between 1751 and 1772, with additions until 1780, Diderot once explained that "All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings." Of course this was not a universally popular sentiment in late 18th century France, and the book was officially banned by the King in 1759. Officially banned or not, work continued quite openly, and in the end the ‘Encyclopedie’ presented a marvelous overview of human knowledge at the time. Among the most valuable articles were those discussing, explaining and illustrating the crafts and trades, complete with views of workshop interiors, tools and manufacturing methods. Many scholars also give the ‘Encyclopedie’ credit for helping to introduce and popularize philosophies of egalitarianism which would help lead to the French Revolution, but that’s a topic for anther day. DESCRIPTION: 2 volumes. Hardcover. 9"x12", about 500 pages, line illustrations. CONDITION NOTES: The covers have some light wear and soil. The book interiors has some minor soil, but otherwise are clean and nice, with tight bindings. - - - - - - OVERSEAS BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: Our International shipping charges are based on the weight, when boxed for shipping, of each book -please check the postage chart for the cost of shipping to your country. We offer “combined shipping charges” for orders for more than one book –this often means the shipping cost for the books is less than it would have been if they had been purchased and shipped one at a time, so please ask us for a shipping quote if you are thinking about buying more than one book. Thanks! - QUESTIONS about this item? If you have any questions regarding this item, please let us know and we will respond promptly. We have more books like this listed in our Ebay store! Joslin Hall Books Selling books since 1983 INSURANCE??? As a seller we take responsibility for properly packing and delivering your purchase safely to you. You do not have to spend extra for insurance to guarantee that. RETURNS: We want you to be completely satisfied- anything is returnable for any reason at all within 14 days of receipt; we do ask that you notify us that you are returning it. OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS PLEASE NOTE: -We always welcome orders from customers outside the United States. The “Free Shipping” marker found on many of our books only applies to shipping within the United States –we wish we could afford to offer free overseas shipping, but we cannot. Please use the “Shipping & Payments” tab (above) to check the cost of shipping. We charge actual shipping based on weight, so sometimes large, heavy, inexpensive books can actually cost more to ship than the book itself costs –I know that seems odd, but the shipping cost is based on the actual weight of the book, not its selling price. If you have any questions, please use the "Ask Us a Question" button before you buy the book. -Import duties, taxes and related import charges added by your country are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility. Please check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up – please do not confuse them for additional shipping charges, which we never impose. We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as ‘gifts’ to avoid import duties, as this is illegal in most countries. - Member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Your satisfaction is guaranteed with every book you purchase. Condition: The covers have some light wear and soil. The book interiors has some minor soil, but otherwise are clean and nice, with tight bindings.

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