Diderot on Brewers

DIDEROT, Denis. Brasserie (Brewery).

Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 2 Paris (1763)

£250


Folio, 253 x 393mm. 22 pages of descriptive text & 5 loose plates with their accompanying text sheet. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.

The 5 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Brasserie from volume II of plates. Plates are numbered 1-5.

Also with the relevant entries listed under Biere in the Table Analytique et Raisonnée du Dictionnaire des Sciences, Arts et Métiers. Vol I (1780)

6 pages (400 - 405) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) detailing the methods and equipment used in a brewery.

2 pages (212-213) from volume I of the Encyclopédie (1751) which includes Aile under Biere
3 pages (245, 246 & 389) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) which includes information on L'usage de la biere vient d'Égypte, Les Espagnoles, and Biere des Turcs appellée bosa under Biere
1 page (240) from volume III of the Encyclopédie (1753) which includes Châtaignes qui seroient propres à fournir une bonne biere under Biere
1 page (322) from volume VIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on Les bonnes & mauvaises qualités que le houblon donne à la bierre under Biere
1 page (949) from volume IX of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on La biere en Angleterre under Biere
1 page (903) from volume XV of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on La biere des Chinois nommée tarasum under Biere
2 pages (465 & 576) from volume XVI of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes Lieu où l'on fait sécher le grain pour la biere and L'usage du tressle de marais pour la biere, à la place du houblon under Biere
3 pages (293, 297 & 681) from volume XVII of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on Méthod pour faire la biere avec le malt, Comment on rétablit les petites bieres qui se sont aigries and La biere avec une grande quantité de houblon under Biere

2 pages (303 & 738) from volume III of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes Vinaigre de biere and Levure de biere under Biere

With some browning to a few leaves.


These plates display the ovens, vats and equipment of an eighteenth-century brewhouse, including a horse-powered mill. Diderot's paper on La Brasserie, accompanying these plates, describes the workings of the building and the processes carried out therein. Other articles which follow are Aile, Bierre, Houblon, Malt, Tarasun, Touraille, the kiln in which the hops are dried, and Levure or yeast.

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