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Diderot
Architectura Navalis Mercatoria (Vol. 1 & 2); Art Militiare
1780. 338 folio copper plate engravings (planches) of which 74 are beautifully hand colored. These include single, double, triple and quadruples, the latter of which often extend to 36 inches and were printed on even heavier handmade paper to avoid wear and tear. Fortunatelly, the decision of the original owner to bind these plates into three volumes has preserved them from being sold as individual plates. Each folio plate has retained Benard's name which along with watermark is consistent with those Paris printigns in the mid-1780's and issued in Panckoucke's massive extended version of Diderot as the Encyclopedie Methodique (1782-).What sets this remarkable collection apart is the near fine condiiton at every point.The first two volumes (Novalis Mercatoria) are devoted to a celebration of the French navy and ship building (usally under the descriptor marine or ancres) and they are predominately detailed renderings of the structure as well as the mathematical charts of calculations. The tools listed in the construction of the ships as well as the trees selected for the masts, etc. are pictured here as well as the flags of the nations each which are hand colored (the US map shows only the 13 stars consistent with the period). It is also consistent with the watermark on plate 154 which is dated 1786.The plates represent documents of the life and spirit of the high degree of craftmanship before the industrial revolution as it appied especially to the age of sail. Here there is a handsome treasury of graphic information not only about the engineering and mathematics of sh … [Click Below for Full Description]
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