Paris: Charles Panckoucke, ca. 1783. Twenty-five plates, 12 x 19 inches. Each plate is on a half sheet of paper (with deckles on 3 sides). They are mounted on hinges of the same paper, and bound sidewise (as they would have been originally) into recent black cloth titled "Oriental Alphabets." The mounting allows the plates to lie flat, with no "gutter." Some of the deckles are dusty; there's a stain in two corners of plates 1 & 21. Very good. Item #16046
Languages are ancient and current "Oriental" ones--including Coptic, Arabic, Persian, Siamese, Malabar, Tartares Mouantcheoux, and Scavante (des Lamas du Thibet, ou Boutan). This is a complete set of plates (pages 66-90) from the Encyclopédie Méthodique, a revised and expanded version of Diderot's encyclopedia. These plates were re-engraved by Benard from the Diderot plates, and printed on much better paper. Letterforms are shown in varieties of majuscules, cursives, etc. There is no text present.