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DIDEROT, Denis (1713-1784) and D’ALEMBERT, Jean (1717-1783), editors. Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. ‘Paris’ or ‘Neuchâtel’ [but Geneva: Gabriel Cramer for Charles Joseph Panckouke et al., 1771-1774]. 17 volumes [I-XVII]. — Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux, et les arts méchaniques. Paris: Briasson, David, Le Breton, Durand, 1762-1772. 12 volumes [I-XI] with Suite de Receuil de planches. Paris: Panckoucke, Stoupe, Brunet; Amsterdam: M.M. Rey, 1777 [XII]. — Supplément à l'Encyclopédie. Edited by Jean Baptiste René Robinet. Amsterdam: M.M. Rey, 1776-1777. 4 volumes [I-IV] — Table analytique et raisonné des matieres contenues. Edited by Pierre Mouchon. Paris: Panckoucke; Amsterdam: Marc-Michel Rey, 1780. 2 volumes [I-II].
DIDEROT, Denis (1713-1784) and D’ALEMBERT, Jean (1717-1783), editors. Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. ‘Paris’ or ‘Neuchâtel’ [but Geneva: Gabriel Cramer for Charles Joseph Panckouke et al., 1771-1774]. 17 volumes [I-XVII]. — Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux, et les arts méchaniques. Paris: Briasson, David, Le Breton, Durand, 1762-1772. 12 volumes [I-XI] with Suite de Receuil de planches. Paris: Panckoucke, Stoupe, Brunet; Amsterdam: M.M. Rey, 1777 [XII]. — Supplément à l'Encyclopédie. Edited by Jean Baptiste René Robinet. Amsterdam: M.M. Rey, 1776-1777. 4 volumes [I-IV] — Table analytique et raisonné des matieres contenues. Edited by Pierre Mouchon. Paris: Panckoucke; Amsterdam: Marc-Michel Rey, 1780. 2 volumes [I-II].
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DIDEROT, Denis (1713-1784) and D’ALEMBERT, Jean (1717-1783), editors. Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. ‘Paris’ or ‘Neuchâtel’ [but Geneva: Gabriel Cramer for Charles Joseph Panckouke et al., 1771-1774]. 17 volumes [I-XVII]. — Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux, et les arts méchaniques. Paris: Briasson, David, Le Breton, Durand, 1762-1772. 12 volumes [I-XI] with Suite de Receuil de planches. Paris: Panckoucke, Stoupe, Brunet; Amsterdam: M.M. Rey, 1777 [XII]. — Supplément à l'Encyclopédie. Edited by Jean Baptiste René Robinet. Amsterdam: M.M. Rey, 1776-1777. 4 volumes [I-IV] — Table analytique et raisonné des matieres contenues. Edited by Pierre Mouchon. Paris: Panckoucke; Amsterdam: Marc-Michel Rey, 1780. 2 volumes [I-II].

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DIDEROT, Denis (1713-1784) and D’ALEMBERT, Jean (1717-1783), editors. Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des tiers. ‘Paris’ or ‘Neuchâtel’ [but Geneva: Gabriel Cramer for Charles Joseph Panckouke et al., 1771-1774]. 17 volumes [I-XVII]. — Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux, et les arts méchaniques. Paris: Briasson, David, Le Breton, Durand, 1762-1772. 12 volumes [I-XI] with Suite de Receuil de planches. Paris: Panckoucke, Stoupe, Brunet; Amsterdam: M.M. Rey, 1777 [XII]. — Supplément à l'Encyclopédie. Edited by Jean Baptiste René Robinet. Amsterdam: M.M. Rey, 1776-1777. 4 volumes [I-IV] — Table analytique et raisonné des matieres contenues. Edited by Pierre Mouchon. Paris: Panckoucke; Amsterdam: Marc-Michel Rey, 1780. 2 volumes [I-II].

35 volumes, 2° (395 x 245mm). Collation and contents as in Lough and Schwab Geneva folio edition with these exceptions: Dictionnaire [VII] foliated 248, 1-9; [XVII] with 4D4 signed Dddd ij. Engraved title-page by B.L. Prévost after C.N. Cochin in first volume and large folding engraved ‘Tree of Knowledge’ plate in vol. I of Table; 2,795 engraved plates from the Paris edition as described in Schwab and Lough (2,580 in Planches, 215 in Suite des planches, many folding) with two exceptions: vol. IV with ‘DONT DEUX DOUBLES’ in ‘Forges’ (instead of ‘DONT TREIZE DOUBLES’) and vol. VII with ‘MARECHAL FERRANT’ without the accent on the first ‘E’. 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. (Variable light spotting, soiling, browning and creasing, few scattered rust holes, small tear at fold of large ‘tree of knowledge’ plate, occasional light dampstaining heavier in vol. XII of plates and vol. IV of text with marginal dampstaining affecting approximately final 200 leaves, without blanks called for by Schwab and Lough, vol. VII of Planches lacking ‘Avis Aux Relieurs’ leaf, half-title of vol. I of plates reinforced, without half-titles in vol. VIII and vols. X-XVII of text and in vol. II of Table.) Near uniform contemporary speckled calf, text, table and plate volumes variably tooled on spine, gilt borders, spines gilt in compartments, gilt morocco lettering-pieces, marbled edges to Table analytique and red edges to other vols (some scuffing and light rubbing, extremities a little rubbed, some touches of restoration, some joints splitting and chipped, vol. IV of text dampstained with back cover restored and new endpapers). Provenance: removed stamps on titles of plate volumes.


THE GENEVA EDITION OF THE TEXT AND THE PARIS EDITION OF THE PLATES. ONE OF THE MOST SPLENDID PRODUCTS OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT AND ONE OF THE GREAT LANDMARKS OF WESTERN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY IN A CONTEMPORARY BINDING. 'A monument in the history of European thought; the acme of the age of reason; a prime motive force in undermining the Ancien régime and in heralding the French Revolution; a permanent source for all aspects of eighteenth-century civilization' (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 entries were written by Diderot and D'Alembert; other collaborators included Baron d'Holbach, Rousseau, Voltaire, Montesquieu, Buffon, Marmontel, Condorcet, Necker and Turgot. The first seven volumes of the Encyclopédie were published in Paris under a royal privilege; when this was withdrawn in 1759 printing continued clandestinely, and the last ten volumes were issued under the false imprint of Samuel Faulche, Neuchâtel. In 1770 Panckoucke attempted to reprint the work in Paris but was opposed by the French government, and instead printed his new edition in Geneva imitating the original imprints. Panckoucke had hoped to re-use the copperplates made for the first edition, but most had to be redone. The supplemental volumes and Table analytique were published in one edition only. Grolier/Horblit 25b; John Lough, Essays on the Encyclopédie, London 1968; PMM 200; Schwab, Rex, and Lough, Inventory of Diderot's Encyclopédie, I (1971), VII (1984) [Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 80, 223].
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