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(ARTS ET MÉTIERS). (PLAYING CARD MANUFACTURE ). DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, [HENRI-LOUIS]
ART DU CARTIER. [bound with] (CARDBOARD MAKING). LA LANDE, [JOSEPH JEROME LE FRANÇAIS DE]. ART DU CARTONNIER. [bound with] (BRICK AND TILE MANUFACTURE). DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, [HENRI-LOUIS], [CHARLES RENÉ] FOURCROY [DE RAMECOURT], and M. GALON. L'ART DU TUILIER ET DU BRIQUETIER. [bound with] (BARREL MAKING). FOUGEROUX DE BONDAROY, [AUGUSTE-DENIS]. ART DU TONNELIER
[Paris: Académie Royale des Sciences], 1762. FIRST EDITIONS . Hardcover. 413 x 286 mm (16 1/4 x 11 1/4"). 1 p.l., 38 pp.; 1 p.l., 30 pp.; 1 p.l., 67 pp.; 1 p.l., 68 pp. Four works bound in one volume. FIRST EDITIONS. ESPECIALLY ATTRACTIVE CONTEMPORARY MARBLED CALF, raised bands, spine heavily gilt in compartments with unusual centerpiece composed of shell forms and drawer handles, and with intricate volute cornerpieces, red morocco label, blue paste paper endpapers. WITH 19 OFTEN VERY PLEASING ENGRAVED TECHNOLOGICAL PLATES: five in first work, one in second, eight (of nine) in third work (lacking plate VI), and five (of six) in the last work (lacking plate V). Brunet II, 618-19. Extremities a bit rubbed, with minor loss to fore edge of upper board, a mild marginal smudge or tiny rust spot here or there, otherwise A FINE COPY, the text and plates crisp, clean, and bright, and the original decorative binding very lustrous and showing no significant wear. The text and illustrations in the four works contained in the present volume explain the process of making playing cards, cardboard, bricks and roofing tiles, and barrels. Playing cards are surprisingly labor intensive, from producing the proper type of paper stock to painting the face cards using a series of stencils for the various colors of the design. Brickmaking was a newer industry in France at that time, and one of growing importance due to the shortage of timber for building. One of the plates illustrates an enormous furnace capable of firing 500,000 bricks at a time, an indication of the demand for the material. This … [Click Below for Full Description]
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