SENTINELS OF THE SEA: A Miscellany of Lighthouses Past


SENTINELS OF THE SEA: A Miscellany of Lighthouses Past

R. G. GRANT    Book Number: 89145    Product format: Hardback

Intricate, elegant architectural plans and elevations and evocative period drawings and photographs showcase the innovative designs and technologies behind 50 historic lighthouses built around the world from the 17th to the 20th century. Grant's engaging text chronicles the incredible feats of engineering and endurance that brought these iconic, isolated towers into being, the advances in lens technology that made the lights so effective, and the everyday routines of the lighthouse keepers and the heroic rescues that some performed, including of course by Grace Darling. Lighthouses have always been romantic and lovers of the world's wild places have never objected to the presence of these lonely sentinels on remote cliffs or in secluded bays, evoking human frailty and isolation in the face of the elemental strength of the ocean and the winds. See fantastic large full page coloured-in architectural plans of Longstone in Northumberland, designed by Joseph Nelson, a circular stone tower of 26 metres or 85 foot high with argand oil lamps and reflectors, or Green Point in Cape Town South Africa with its castellated pair of two lanterns in square stone towers, guiding ships into Cape Town's Table Bay. Organised by date, this spectacular architectural gallery begins with the Tower of Hercules in Galicia Spain, a wooden fire tower from France 1685 and North Foreland Kent, 1691. Plans, diagrams in spectacular colour and photographs towards the end, this is all about the evolution and business of these solitary and beautiful towers. 408 illus, many in colour, a celebration of marine engineering. 160pp, tall and elegant 30cm x 19.5cm. A Thames & Hudson quality publication.
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