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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 a variety of artists and engravers. Among these plates are ten plates depicting mineral specimens, all of which were painted by A. Faguet and printed as chromolithographs (a technology obviously still in its infancy) by G. Regamey. Simonin also published Les Pierres Esquisses Mineralogiques ("Rocks; a Mineralogical Outline") (1869), a similar treatment of rocks worldwide, with two more chromolithographic plates after watercolor paintings by A. Faguet depicting mineral specimens, printed by Painleve. The illustrations 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 - Cassiterite from Morbihan, France Cassiterite from Morbihan, France
Chromolithographic print (1868), painted by A. Faguet from a specimen in an unnamed collection (probably not depicted actual size) and chromolithographed by G. Regamey for publication by William Mackenzie as Plate 4, Figure 5 in the London edition of Simonin's Mines and Miners: Or Underground Life.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Sphalerite from Kapnik, Hungary Sphalerite from Kapnik, Hungary
Chromolithographic print (1868), painted by A. Faguet from a specimen in an unnamed collection (probably not depicted actual size) and chromolithographed by G. Regamey for publication by William Mackenzie as Plate 4, Figure 4 in the London edition of Simonin's Mines and Miners: Or Underground Life.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Erythrite from Saxony Erythrite from Saxony
Chromolithographic print (1868), painted by A. Faguet from a specimen in an unnamed collection (probably not depicted actual size) and chromolithographed by G. Regamey for publication by William Mackenzie as Plate 5, Figure 4 in the London edition of Simonin's Mines and Miners: Or Underground Life.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Orpiment from Hungary Orpiment from Hungary
Chromolithographic print (1868), painted by A. Faguet from a specimen in an unnamed collection (probably not depicted actual size) and chromolithographed by G. Regamey for publication by William Mackenzie as Plate 5, Figure 3 in the London edition of Simonin's Mines and Miners: Or Underground Life.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Realgar from Transylvania Realgar from Transylvania
Chromolithographic print (1868), painted by A. Faguet from a specimen in an unnamed collection (probably not depicted actual size) and chromolithographed by G. Regamey for publication by William Mackenzie as Plate 5, Figure 2 in the London edition of Simonin's Mines and Miners: Or Underground Life.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Annabergite from Pennsylvania Annabergite from Pennsylvania
Chromolithographic print (1868), painted by A. Faguet from a specimen in an unnamed collection (probably not depicted actual size) and chromolithographed by G. Regamey for publication by William Mackenzie as Plate 5, Figure 5 in the London edition of Simonin's Mines and Miners: Or Underground Life.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Turquoise from Persia Turquoise from Persia
Chromolithographic print (1868), painted by A. Faguet from a specimen in an unnamed collection (probably not depicted actual size) and chromolithographed by G. Regamey for publication by William Mackenzie as Plate 9, Figure 1 in the London edition of Simonin's Mines and Miners: Or Underground Life.
The Mineralogical Record: Louis Laurent Simonin - Sapphire from the Ural Mountains, Russia Sapphire from the Ural Mountains, Russia
Chromolithographic print (1868), painted by A. Faguet from a specimen in an unnamed collection (probably not depicted actual size) and chromolithographed by G. Regamey for publication by William Mackenzie as Plate 10, Figure 3 in the London edition of Simonin's Mines and Miners: Or Underground Life.
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