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The Yverdon encyclopedia published between 1770 and 1780 in 58 in-quarto volumes is an original venture. It takes after the firm rules which Diderot defined to build an encyclopaedic system of knowledge but it was made with the will to give an European scope to it, to revise the theoretical foundations and to widen the fields of knowledge in a significant way.
Has the "Invisible" been taken into account in this inventory.? The Invisible and the surnatural, the hidden, the unconscious, the secret motives, the fears, the joys, the poetry of things and everything which is not visble and sometimes which doesn't even have a name?
By using the pages of this encyclopedia (with that strange feeling of lese-majesty this act entails!) as a basis of my new work I have wished to turn my attention to this "Invisible" which too runs the world and which doesn't belong to theology but rather to the world of poetical sensations and archaic urges...
I was in the same reflection when I started to use Dutch illustrations taken from the collection of travel books called ' De aarde en haar volken" (The Earth and its People) trying here once again to unveil the non-visible part of this world...

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