Publisher Information: Paris: 1770. 1st edition. Beauvais-Raseau, - de. L'Art de l'indigotier. Folio. , 118pp. 11 plates. Paris: [L. F. Delatour (colophon)], 1770. 399 x 278 mm. Half sheep, mottled boards c. 1770, a little rubbed, small cracks in hinges. Light toning, occasional soiling, but very good.
First Edition. One of the 72 works in the celebrated encyclopedic Descriptions des arts et metiers (1761-89), the largest work on the mechanical and industrial arts of the eighteenth century in France, and one of the earliest such projects to be undertaken in any country. The combination of the best scientific minds and the best practical minds of the era produced in the Arts et metiers an invaluable reference work and an unparalleled social record of the artisan classes, and recorded for posterity manufacturing methods that would soon disappear with the coming of the Industrial Revolution.
Like Diderot's Encyclopedie, the Arts et metiers is one of the greatest productions of the French Enlightenment, and a benchmark in social and scientific history. For further discussion of the work, see Arthur H. Cole and George B. Watts, The Handicrafts of France as Recorded in the Description des Arts et MÈtiers (1952).
This volume on indigo dyeing conforms to the plan followed in all the volumes of the Arts et metiers, containing sections on materials, tools and apparatus, processes and methods, and illustrations of the metier.Book Id: 6976