Title: Encyclopédie des enfans, ou abrégé de toutes...
Publisher: Chez Masson et fils, Paris
Publication Date: 1821
Book Condition: Very Good
8vo (210 x 125mm). 660pp. 11 plates on various subjects; 1) principles of the head and symmetry of the face; 2) principles of the human body and anatomy; 3) orders of columns and architecture; 4) architecture for military, naval or marine; 5) cosmography (folding); 6) the ‘mappe-monde’ in two hemispheres (400 x 230mm, folding); 7) physics; 8) Seven Wonders of the World (folding); 9) portraits of Greek mythology; 10) personifications of the sun and muses; 11) portraits of divine muses; and one in-text illustration of signs of the zodiac on p. 54. Contemporary calf, marbled endpapers; (intermittent browning and foxing, plates are bright and clean. Good). Large oval engraved bookplate of "Biblioteca Francisci Riccardi De Verna" and royal armorial book label; stamp of "Bibl. Gust. Galletti, Florence" to title. French children’s encyclopedia from 1821 with folding ‘mappe-monde’ plate by Tardieu in excellent shape. Stated fourth edition of Masson’s encyclopedia for children; the first was published in 1804. Masson’s encyclopedia is arranged as a series of questions and answers on an encyclopedic range of topics suitable for the schools of "deux sexes." The folding ‘mappemonde’ map is an exquisite addition to the encyclopedia and looks like it was harldy ever unfolded. All the wonderful and expertly executed plates are on a richer and sturdier paper that has resisted age well. The well-known Parisian engraver Pierre François Tardieu executed the map as well as the plate on cosmography. Bookseller Inventory # D7867
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