Duhamel du Monceau, [Henry Louis]. Art de faire les tapis, façon de Turquie, connus sous le nom de tapis de la Savonnerie. [Paris: De l’imprimerie de L.F. Delatour], 1766. Folio (46 cm, 18").  f., 25, [1 (blank)] pp.; 4 plts.
First edition of this stand-alone entry from the Description des arts et métiers, faites ou approuvées par Messieurs de l’Académie des sciences de Paris, a series of publications on French arts and trades sponsored by the Académie Royale des Sciences. Based on the papers of Jacques Noinville, former director of the famed Savonnerie carpet factory, the work describes the history and techniques of making Oriental-style rugs; the plates depict workers using looms and devices resembling spinning wheels, as well as individual pieces of equipment and a sample floral design.
19th-century quarter sheep over paper-covered boards, worn and abraded with small discolorations; spine leather chipped, with remnants of gilt-stamped leather title label. Edges untrimmed. Some offsetting and a very few spots to pages; small area of worm damage in upper margins. (5107)
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