(ROUSSEAU). TRIÈRE, Philippe, engraver after Charles-Nicolas COCHIN. ~ Frontispiece des Confessions. Paris: Defer de Maisonneuve, 1793.
Etched and engraved copper plate, (280 × 200 mm). Slight tarnishing and minor corrosion.
Original engraved copper plate for a frontispiece to the Confessions, showing Rousseau himself as an allegory of the ‘natural man’ and the naked female figure of truth, engraved for volume 12 of the monumental 18 volume large quarto Didot edition of the collected works (1793-1800). An excellent example of an eighteenth-century large format copper plate. Cohen-de Ricci 912; Ray, 95.