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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 -
Copperplate engraving, 4.5 x 7 inches (1867), engraved by Hildibrand.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Mine Rescue with Galibert's Apparatus Mine Rescue with Galibert's Apparatus
Copperplate engraving, 4.2 x 1.8 inches (1867), drawn by P. Ferat, engraved by J. Gauchard-Brunier.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Falling in of a Mine Falling in of a Mine
Copperplate engraving, 4.7 x 7 inches (1867), engraved by J. Gauchard-Brunier.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Collision of Tubs in a Shaft Collision of Tubs in a Shaft
Copperplate engraving, 4.2 x 1.8 inches (1867), engraved by Hildibrand.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Critical Situation of an Engineer Critical Situation of an Engineer
Copperplate engraving, 4.7 x 7 inches (1867), engraved by J. Gauchard-Brunier.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Winze-shaft in a Cornish Mine Winze-shaft in a Cornish Mine
Copperplate engraving, 4 x 5 inches (1867), drawn by P. Ferat, engraved by J. Gauchard-Brunier.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Botallack Mine, Cornwall Botallack Mine, Cornwall
Copperplate engraving, 4.7 x 7 inches (1867), engraved by J. Huyo.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Crushing Ores by the Old Mexican Process Crushing Ores by the Old Mexican Process
Copperplate engraving, 3.8 x 4.2 inches (1867), engraved by J. Gauchard-Brunier.
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