One week of studying the original edition of Diderot's Encyclopedia in the library of Queen's College, Oxford, in 1968, became a key moment in my life. The 28 volumes containing 18,000 pages with over 70,000 articles and 2,900 illustrations, in the form of engraved plates, could not fail to make a lasting impression on me. The very size, weight and sheer sensual beauty of the illustrated pages and folio printed were breathtaking.
The publisher, André Le Breton, and Diderot, as editor of the project, sustained a large team of contributors. Spending over 25 years working on these volumes, they faced serious church and state opposition throughout.
I am fortunate to run Moonlight Publishing, a small company absolutely dedicated to publishing high-quality information books and apps for children, in this tradition. Our continuing success for more than 33 years can no doubt be traced back to the legacy brought to life by Diderot and continued, centuries on, in so many ways by the outstanding illustrators of our First Discovery and Torchlight books.