- Author: Denis Diderot
- Date: 1770
- Medium: Copperplate engraving
- Condition: Excellent
- Inches: 17 3/4" x 14 1/8"
- Centimeters: 45.51 x 36.22
- Product ID: 000476
From: EncyclopÃ©die, ou dictionnaire raisonnÃ© des sciences, des arts et des mÃ©tiers (Encyclopedia, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts) was a general encyclopedia published in France between 1751 and 1772, with later supplements, revised editions, and translations.
The EncyclopÃ©die was an innovative encyclopedia in several respects. Among other things, it was the first encyclopedia to include contributions from many named contributors, and it was the first general encyclopedia to lavish attention on the mechanical arts. Still, the EncyclopÃ©die is famous above all for representing the thought of the Enlightenment. According to Denis Diderot in the article "EncyclopÃ©die", the EncyclopÃ©die's aim was "to change the way people think."