Vesuvius in 1757. Histoire Naturelle, Volcans, Vue du Vesuve, en 1757. From Diderot and d’Alembert, Encyclopedie, 1770.

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Vesuvius in 1757. Histoire Naturelle, Volcans, Vue du Vesuve, en 1757. From Diderot and d’Alembert, Encyclopedie, 1770. Plate 1 from ‘Mineralogie 6th Collection, Volcanos’. Engraving, 42.5 x 53.5cm, plate area 36 x 45cm. Clean print, excellent detail, clear plate mark. From Johnson Lavis’s collection of 1880s; neat contemporary pencil note at base records source as Diderot. Nearly identical to painting by Lacroix of Marseille, dated 1758, although not acknowledged. The engraver deleted one side vent and added another compared to the original painting. In very good condition.