Paris, ca. 1770. Two parts in one. Folio (39.5 x 26.0 cm). 2 + 3 pp.; 31 plates (seven double sized). Later plain wrappers.
Two suites, on tapestry and weaving, from the great French eighteenth-century Encyclopedie by Diderot and d'Alembert. With several pages of explanatory text. The fine plates show the way the famous Gobelin tapestry was produced. These pictorial tapestries were painted, embroidered, woven in colours using gold and silver thread, and so forth. The plates show details of the process and large views of the weaving machinery, the weavers at work, etc. Text leaves a bit age-toned, plates very good, clean.