Saturday, December 13, 2008

Diderot's Encyclopedia

l'Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (The Encyclopedia, or systematic dictionary of the sciences, arts and crafts) was published in France between 1751 and 1772.

There wasn't enough money to publish it all at once, so its existence depended on subscribers, sales and pleading.

One of the earliest European encyclopedias, it was, by 1772, 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of illustrations, edited by the writer Denis Diderot and the great mathematician Jean le Rond d'Alembert.

A wonderful work, it can be approached in a number of ways.

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