by DIDEROT, DenisPrice: $3,750.00
- Bookseller: Ursus Rare Books
- Seller Inventory #: 125035
- Binding: Hardcover
- Date published: 1762
1762. [TENNIS]. DIDEROT, Denis. Paumier, contenant neuf planches. From the eighth volume of Recueil de Planches, sur Les Sciences et Les Arts. 2 pp., 9 full-page engraved plates. Folio, 430 x 275 mm, bound in modern three-quarter blue morocco over marbled boards. [Paris: Chez Briasson, 1771]. The suite of plates illustrating Paumier (Court Tennis) from Diderot's famous encyclopedia. The suite contains important early illustrations of the game including the construction of the court, the ball and racquets, as well as the game being played. Diderot's opus is considered "A monument in the history of European thought; the acme of the age of reason; a prime motivating force in undermining the Ancien Régime and in heralding the French Revolution; a permanent source for all aspects of eighteenth-century civilization..." (Printing and the Mind of Man). A fine copy. Printing and the Mind of Man 200.
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