Diderot Exhibit

When Aug 26, 2013 08:00 AM to
Oct 22, 2013 05:00 PM
Where Ekstrom Library / Archives & Special Collections' Kain and Pennington Galleries
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The first edition of Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers appeared volume by volume over more than two decades, from 1751 to 1780. The University of Louisville’s first folio edition is complete, with 17 volumes of text, 11 of plates, 5 supplementary volumes of text and plates, and 2 volumes of index: a total of 35 volumes.

An exhibition of the volumes, including its detailed illustrations of exotic locales, skilled trades, and artistic endeavors, is on display in Archives and Special Collections’ Kain and Pennington galleries on the lower level of Ekstrom Library, as well as in cases across from the circulation desk on the main floor. The exhibition will run through October 22.

To celebrate the 300th birthday of Denis Diderot, principal editor and compiler, as well as contributor, for Encyclopédie, U of L faculty from a number of disciplines will present on topics found in the volumes on Friday, October 4, starting at 1 pm in the Chao Auditorium. After a break for birthday cake at 2, talks will continue through the afternoon.

Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibit and program on October 4 are free and open to the public.

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