Ancien rgime and in heralding the French Revolution; a permanent source for all aspects of eighteenth-century civilization -- and a classic example of how not to arrange a work of reference" (PMM). "The greatest encyclopedia of science, which had widespread effect in establishing uniformity of terminology, concept, and procedure in all fields of science and technology" (Grolier/Horblit). The majority of the 71,818 entries were written by the editors, Diderot and D'Alembert, followed by Baron d'Holbach, who contributed about 400 articles. Among the other collaborators were Rousseau, Voltaire, Montesquieu, Buffon, Marmontel, Concorcet, Necker and Turgot. The first seven volumes of the Encyclopdie were published in Paris under a royal privilege. After this was withdrawn in 1759 printing continued clandestinely, and the last ten volumes were issued under the false imprint of Samuel Faulche, Neuchtel. The plates, not being considered subversive, were published in Paris. Subsequently the work was reprinted, in whole or in part, in several editions that were designed to look like the original, even imitating the original imprints. There are, nevertheless, minor differences of setting and typography. The present set has all the points of the true first edition, as set forth by Schwab and Lough. The four volumes of the supplement were published in one edition only, but in two issues, one with a Paris imprint, the other with an Amsterdam imprint; the supplemental volume of plates has the imprint Paris and Amsterdam. A FINE COPY, IN A RARE CONTEMPORARY MOROCCO BINDING. Grolier/Horblit 25b; John Lough, Essays on the Encyclopdie of Diderot and D'Alembert, London 1968; PMM 200; Richard N. Schwab, W.E. Rex, and J. Lough, Inventory of Diderot's Encyclopdie, I (1971), VII (1984) [Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 80, 223]; Norman 637. (35) " /> DIDEROT, Denis (1713-1784) and Jean le Rond d'ALEMBERT (1717-1783), editors. <I>Encyclopdie, ou dictionnaire raisonn des sciences, des arts et des mtiers, par une socit de gens de lettres</I>. [I-VII] Paris: Briasson, David l'an, Le Breton, Durand, 1751-1757; [VIII-XVII] Neuchtel: Samuel Faulche, 1765 -- <I>Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libraux, et les arts mchaniques, avec leur explication</I>. [I-XI] Paris: Briasson, David, Le Breton, Durand, 1762-1772. -- <I>Supplement l'Encyclopdie, ou Dictionnaire raisonn des sciences, des arts et des mtiers, par une socit de gens de lettres</I>. Edited by Jean Baptiste Ren Robinet (1735-1820). [I-IV] Amsterdam: M.M. Rey, 1776-1777. -- <I>Suite du recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libraux, et les arts mchaniques, avec leur explication</I>. Paris: Panckoucke, Stoupe, Brunet; Amsterdam: M.M. Rey, 1777. -- <I>Table analytique et raisonne des matieres contenues dans les XXXIII volumes in-folio du Dictionnaire ds sciences, des arts et des mtiers, et dans son supplment</I>. Edited by Pierre Mouchon (1733-1797). [I-II] Paris: Pancoucke; Amsterdam: Marc-Michel Rey, 1780. 35 volumes, 2<V>o (386 x 250 mm). Collation and contents as in Lough and Schwab with these exceptions: <I>Planches</I>, livraison 6, lacks leaf , <I>Avis aux relieurs</I>; <I>Planches</I>, livraison 10, plates LXXXVI rr - CV nnn are bound at the end of the volume; <I>Supplment</I>, vol. 2, quire 4A is bound after quire 4B; a few other minor variations in binding order not noted here. Engraved title page by B.L. Prvost after C.N. Cochin; 2,796 engraved plates (2,581 in <I>Planches</I>, 215 in <I>Suite de planches</I>, many folding); 1 large folding engraved Tree of Knowledge plate in <I>Table</I>, vol. 1; several inserted folding typographical tables as noted by Schwab. A complete set: the numbers of plates given on the title pages total 3,129 because double, triple or quadruple folding plates are counted as 2, 3 or 4. (Occasional browning, a few small paper flaws to blank margins, a number of tmoins from corners folded down during binding, two leaves with a clean tear across text or plate.) Contemporary French olive-green morocco, spines gilt, red morocco lettering-pieces, marbled edges and end-leaves (minor wear, spines uniformly tanned; plate volumes labelled as follows: livraison 1 as vol. XI, livraison 2/1 as vol. I, livraison 2/2 as vol. II, livraison 3 as vol. III, etc.; <I>Suite de planches</I> labelled vol. XII). FIRST EDITION of one of the most splendid products of the Enlightenment and one of the great landmarks of Western intellectual history. "A monument in the history of European thought; the acme of the age of reason; a prime motive force in undermining the <I>Ancien rgime</I> and in heralding the French Revolution; a permanent source for all aspects of eighteenth-century civilization -- and a classic example of how not to arrange a work of reference" (PMM). "The greatest encyclopedia of science, which had widespread effect in establishing uniformity of terminology, concept, and procedure in all fields of science and technology" (Grolier/Horblit). The majority of the 71,818 entries were written by the editors, Diderot and D'Alembert, followed by Baron d'Holbach, who contributed about 400 articles. Among the other collaborators were Rousseau, Voltaire, Montesquieu, Buffon, Marmontel, Concorcet, Necker and Turgot. The first seven volumes of the <I>Encyclopdie</I> were published in Paris under a royal privilege. After this was withdrawn in 1759 printing continued clandestinely, and the last ten volumes were issued under the false imprint of Samuel Faulche, Neuchtel. The plates, not being considered subversive, were published in Paris. Subsequently the work was reprinted, in whole or in part, in several editions that were designed to look like the original, even imitating the original imprints. There are, nevertheless, minor differences of setting and typography. The present set has all the points of the true first edition, as set forth by Schwab and Lough. The four volumes of the supplement were published in one edition only, but in two issues, one with a Paris imprint, the other with an Amsterdam imprint; the supplemental volume of plates has the imprint Paris and Amsterdam. A FINE COPY, IN A RARE CONTEMPORARY MOROCCO BINDING. Grolier/Horblit 25b; John Lough, <I>Essays on the Encyclopdie of Diderot and D'Alembert</I>, London 1968; PMM 200; Richard N. Schwab, W.E. Rex, and J. Lough, <I>Inventory of Diderot's</I> Encyclopdie, I (1971), VII (1984) [<I>Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century</I> 80, 223]; Norman 637. (35) | Christie's