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La vie souterraine ou les mines et les mineurs.

SIMONIN, Louis Laurent (1830-1886).

Published by L. Hachette et Cie, 1867., Paris:, 1867
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274 x 194 mm. 8vo. iii, [1 errata], 604 pp. 163 figs., 10 splendid hand-colored lithographic plates (some heightened in gold or silver), 30 colored maps (2 double-page); lightly foxed. Contemporary quarter purple morocco, green tips, marbled boards, raised bands, gilt spine, all edges red.; rubbed. Very good. FIRST EDITION of this comprehensive work on mining, which includes a history of mining, metallurgy and mineralogy, as well as methods, techniques and equipment. The three parts of the book are divided into coal-mining, metal-mining and the mining of precious stones. Simonin also includes sections on mining in America with a map of the sites along Lake Superior and one of California-Nevada. Perhaps the most notable part of this work is its attempt to represent mining life graphically. The many excellent text illustrations are engravings depicting mining techniques and conditions in the mines. A number of the illustrations show details of equipment ranging from drill bits to elevators to miner lamps. A long chapter discusses and pictures various mining accidents. Altogether a very interesting work of broad scope. BM (Nat. Hist.), IV, p. 1928; Sabin 81317; Zeitlinger, 4393 (English edition, 1868). Bookseller Inventory # S5178

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Title: La vie souterraine ou les mines et les ...

Publisher: L. Hachette et Cie, 1867., Paris:

Publication Date: 1867

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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