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Louis Laurent Simonin
(1830-1886)

Louis Laurent Simonin was born in Marseilles in 1830, and studied mining engineering at the St. Étienne School of Mines, graduating in 1852. He held various posts in connection with the mines of Italy and France, and traveled widely throughout the Americas on behalf of the French Government. Although he became a prominent mining engineer, his fame today rests primarily on his books, especially La Vie Souterraine, ou Mines et Les Mineurs ("Underground Life, or Mines and Miners")(1867). The book, which is said to have been the inspiration for Emil Zola's Germinal, is profusely illustrated with 160 excellent engravings commissioned from artists and engravers including P. de Neuville, A. Faguet, Dumas-Vorzet, Bonnafoux, Lançon, J. Huyo, P. Ferat, Hildibrand, C. Laplante, Bertrand, J. Gauchard-Brunier and F. Bonhommé, all of whom were apparently well-known at the time. It constituted the largest and most skillfully drawn collection of mining art ever to appear in one place, and was a best-seller in its time. Simonin also published Les Pierres Esquisses Mineralogiques ("Rocks; a Mineralogical Outline") (1869), a similar treatment of rocks worldwide, illustrated by the work of engravers and artists including Eugène Cicéri, E. Petot, A. Mesnel and E. Tournois, with six chromolithographs after watercolor paintings by A. Faguet. The engravings shown here are taken from these two books, both in the Mineralogical Record Library.

W.E.W.

Reference:
Wilson, J. G., and Fiske, J. (eds.)(1887) Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, vol. 5, p. 535.

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The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Descending a Shaft at Wieliczka Descending a Shaft at Wieliczka
Copperplate engraving, 4.7 x 7 inches (1867), engraved by J. Gauchard-Brunier. The locality depicted is a famous salt mine in Poland.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Mining Coal in Germany Mining Coal in Germany
Copperplate engraving, 4.2 x 1.8 inches (1867), drawn by P. Ferat, engraved by J. Gauchard-Brunier.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Trolley-boys Trolley-boys
Copperplate engraving, 4.2 x 1.7 inches (1867), drawn by P. Ferat.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Coal Mining in Provence Coal Mining in Provence
Copperplate engraving, 4.2 x 5.2 inches (1867), drawn by P. Ferat, engraved by J. Gauchard-Brunier.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Miners Descending a Shaft Miners Descending a Shaft
Copperplate engraving, 4.2 x 1.8 inches (1867), after an engraving by Bonhomme.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - A Consultation in the Mine A Consultation in the Mine
Copperplate engraving, 4.8 x 7 inches (1867), engraved by J. Gauchard-Brunier.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Explosion in a Mine Explosion in a Mine
Copperplate engraving, 4.7 x 7 inches (1867), engraved by J. Gauchard-Brunier.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Explosion of Fire-Damp Explosion of Fire-Damp
Copperplate engraving, 4.8 x 7 inches (1867), engraved by J. Gauchard-Brunier.
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