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The third volume in Historic New England's new series will be a visual history of Maine lighthouses, highlighting the many roles these beacons have served from navigational aids and art subjects to tourist attractions and advertising symbols.
The influence of Maine's lighthouses derives not just from the structures themselves but from the myriad forms of representation and reproduction that they have inspired, ranging from paintings and photographs to tabletop models and all sorts of practical bric-a-brac. This rich imagery will be artfully incorporated throughout the book by award-winning designer Julia Sedykh to illustrate the ten chapters that will define the multiple dimensions of Maine's light stations.
Beginning with a brief introduction, the text will be limited to a short essay in each chapter, accompanied by a rich array of illustrations culled from private and public collections and other resources all over New England. Each of the chapters will be devoted to a major facet of Maine lighthouse history.