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Description:This fine beautifully hand coloured original antique print of a Canadian Otter, Seal of the East Indies & a Morse was drawn by Francois Nicolas Martinet and engraved by Robert Benard (fl 1750-85) to accompany Denis Diderot's (1713-84) monumental work Encyclopedia published between 1751 & 1772.
Encyclopedia was a landmark work of the Enlightenment that depicted the arts and sciences, and the tools and methods of artisans and trade people in a methodical and thorough way. The entire encyclopedia comprised of 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates. The marvelous detailed plates show how everything in the period was made. It had a huge impact on its own time, and is highly valued by present-day historians as a record of the techniques and vocations of the pre-Industrial world. It is also a great resource for collectors, art and craftspeople. (Ref Tooley M&B)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Early Colors used: - Brown, yellow, green, blue General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 15in x 10in (380mm x 255mm) Plate size: - 14in x 9in (355mm x 230mm) Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm) Imperfections: Margins: - None Plate area: - None Verso: - None