Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopedia
ENCYCLOPÉDIE, OU DICTIONNAIRE RAISONNÉ DES SCIENCES, DES ARTS ET DES MÉTIERS, PAR UNE SOCIÉTÉ DE GENS DE LETTRES
(ENCYCLOPÉDIE DIDEROT ET D'ALEMBERT)
Published under the direction of Diderot and d'Alembert, l'Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers was conceived of as a vast system that would classify, hierarchize, and comprehend human knowledge. It aims to be a reference work for all topics related to the arts and sciences—and to be a militant undertaking, spreading Enlightenment ideas in order to found a new order of things.
The present version is an edition—produced in accordance with the strict principles of digital philology—based on what is called the Paris printing, as contained in the copy from the Sorbonne. It includes the seventeen volumes of articles and eleven initial volumes of plates (1751-1772), the four volumes of the Supplément and its volume of plates (1776-1777) as well as the two volumes of the Table analytique produced by Pierre Mouchon in 1780. The set of thirty-five volumes contains a total of 74,000 articles, 18,000 pages of text, and 213,000,000 characters.
All the components of the complete text are tagged and harnessed by the Babel software. The result of this is remarkable research possibilities: full-text searching by article title, author, grammatical category, research area, article size, page, volume, etc. The display of the results can be organized by volume, article, occurrence, context, etc. Each article is associated with an inventory record containing the title of the article, the section, the volume, the publication year, the page, the number of words in the article, the number of columns in the article, the author, the original research area, the standardized research area, the location in a series of articles, or the collation area on a page (the running head, the volume marker, the quire signature). These 130,000 records provide users of this edition with considerable information that is easy to use.
Lastly, the "Corpus" function allows the researcher to use a full-text query to create specific content.
DIDEROT AND D’ALEMBERT’S DICTIONARY AND THE ENCYCLOPÉDIE D'YVERDON
Now available in a digital edition, the two encyclopedias—the first bearing the mark of the French philosophes, the second more European and deliberate in its expansion of the realm of knowledge—can now be studied and compared in a precise and systematic fashion, due specifically to the “inventory records” of these two editions. This allows for a renewed understanding of the European Enlightenment.
This is an indispensable tool for everyone—researchers, teachers, students, or amateurs—who is interested in the European eighteenth century, in the Enlightenment, and in the arts, sciences, and philosophy of modern Europe. It is a fundamental resource for every library.
Claude Blum (Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne) with the collaboration of Philippe Derendinger (Basel); Martine Groult (CNRS); Antony McKenna (Université de Saint-Etienne); Hebrew by Jean Pflieger (CNRS); Greek by Nathalie Rambault (CNRS).