This engraving is from the “Chimie” section of vol. 3 of the Recueil de Planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux, et les arts méchaniques (Paris, 1763) of the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers organized by Denis Diderot and other philosophes.
This is part two of number fifteen in the series of plates representing chemical apparatus. The figures run from 255 to 265. Two steelyards are shown, as is a large water bath, a large furnace known as an athanor, and a mold for forming crumbled bits of a substance into solid cylinders.
“Pl. XVbis” appears at the upper right. The “le Canu” signature at lower right refers to Jean Dominique Étienne Le Canu, a French engraver of the period.
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France: Île-de-France, Paris
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overall: 15 3/4 in x 9 1/4 in; 40.005 cm x 23.495 cm
overall: 14 5/16 in x 9 1/4 in; 36.35375 cm x 23.495 cm
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