In 1881, French journalist Amédée Guillemin (July 5, 1826–January 2, 1893) published his encyclopedia Le monde physique (The Physical World). Guillemin’s opus expanded on his work as a maths teacher and science editor of l’Avenir national (The Nation’s Future).
He wrote many book on science, including Le ciel (1866), La lune (1868), and Le soleil (1873), Les cometes (1875) and The World of Comets (1877). Each book featured wood engravings and colored lithographs. They were a huge hit. By popular demand each edition was translated from French into English.
Le monde physique was the ultimate collection, containing 31 colored lithographs, 80 black-and-white plates, and just over 2000 illustrated diagrams by various artists, like René Henri Digeon. The phenomena of nature have rarely looked more beautiful.
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