Quantcast

Back to browse highlights

Encyclopedie, ou, Dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers

Author: Denis Diderot (French, 1713–1784)

Author:
Author: Jean Le Rond d'Alembert (French, 1717–1783)
Date:
1751–1765
Culture:
vols. 1–7: Paris: Briasson, 1751–1765
Medium:
Printed books
Dimensions:
17 vols.; H: 15 3/4 in. (40cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Marianne Khuner
Accession Number:
014 En15 Q
  • Description

    This profusely illustrated, twenty-eight-volume French encyclopedia was edited by Denis Diderot and Jean d'Alembert, with the aid of Quensay, Montesquieu, Voltaire, J. J. Rousseau, Turgot, and others. It was published between 1751 and 1775. Its famous preliminary discourse, signed by d'Alembert, indicates its aims and then presents definitions and histories of science and the arts. Despite attacks by the Jesuits and unofficial censorship by the printer, it was an immediate success. It championed the skepticism and rationalism of the Enlightenment and played a major role in the intellectual preparation for the French Revolution. In 1780 a five-volume supplement and two-volume index were added.


    Illustrated: plate 1, volume 8, "Relieur": procedures for binding a book

  • See also
    Who
    What
    Where
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
591843

Close