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1762 TWO LARGE ANATOMIC ENGRAVINGS FROM FIRST EDITION OF DIDEROT'S ENCYCLOPEDIE - THE ARTERIES OF THE FACE. Two original copper plate engravings on heavy paper, 9 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches (8 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches platemark), light old water stain corner of each plate, not affecting image, both very good condition, in custom archival mylar cover; TOGETHER WITH photocopy of letterpress descriptive text (French language) pertaining to the engravings (letters on the anatomical figures are identified in the text). INTRODUCTION TO THE PLATES FOR ANATOMIE: Anatomy, that part of physics that provides knowledge of the human body, should appear with distinction in a Dictionary of the Sciences. It is primarily through the plates that it may be understood. Mr. Tarin, in charge of Anatomy, dedicated himself to finding those authors regarded as the best. His collection representing all of the parts of the human body, it would appear that he could not have done better to satisfy the Public than probing his sources with discernment, and extracting only the most desirable. HISTORY: Encyclopedie, ou dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers (Encyclopaedia, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts) was a general encyclopedia published in France between 1751 and 1772, with later supplements, revised editions, and translations. It had many writers, known as the Encyclopedistes. It was edited by Denis Diderot and, until 1759, co-edited by Jean le Rond d'Alembert. The Encyclopedie is most famous for representing the thought of the Enlightenment. According to Denis Diderot in the article Encyclopedie, the Encyclopedie's aim was to change the way people think. He wanted to incorporate all of the world's knowledge into the Encyclopedie and hoped that the text could disseminate all this information to the public and future generations. The work consisted of 28 volumes, with 71,818 articles and 3,129 illustrations. The first seventeen volumes were published between 1751 and 1765; eleven volumes of plates were published between 1762 and 1772, with a print run of 4,250 copies. The engravings offered here are two of the original plates from this first (folio) edition, engraved (signed in the plate) by Defehrt and Prevost. BERTRAND DEFEHRT (1723 - 1774) engraved many of the art and anatomic plates of the Encyclopedie, as well as the plate depicting the tools and workshop of the copperplate engraver. BENOIT-LOUIS PREVOST (c. 1735 - 1804), was a prominent French engraver. The most well-known of his works is the 1765 frontispiece of the Encyclopedie, depicting Reason and Philosophy catching the sunbeams of Truth, engraved from Cochin's drawing of 1764. ALBRECHT VON HALLER (1708 - 1777) was a Swiss anatomist, physiologist, naturalist, encyclopedist, bibliographer and poet. He is often referred to as the father of modern physiology. In 1757, he conducted a famous series of experiments to distinguish between nerve impulses and muscular contractions. The quantity of work achieved by Haller in the seventeen years during which he occupied his Gottingen professorship was immense. Apart from the ordinary work of his classes, which entailed the task of newly organizing a botanical garden, an anatomical theatre and museum, an obstetrical school, and similar institutions, he carried on without interruption original investigations in botany and physiology, the results of which are preserved in the numerous works associated with his name.
Title: Encyclopedie, Anatomie Plate XI & XII. Arteries of the face, after Haller TOGETHER WITH Plate XI & XII continued
Edition: First edition
Publisher: Paris, Briasson: 1762
Item: 1.00 lbs
Seller ID: 987
Keywords: medicine; anatomy; plate; art; vascular biology; circulation; otolaryngology