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Lighthouses : the Race to Illuminate the World

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Title:Lighthouses : the Race to Illuminate the World
Price:GBP£10.00 (about USD$12.50)
Book ID:B009-3477
Publisher:New Holland Publishers [UK] Ltd, London, 2008
Edition:First Edition
Binding:Hardcover (Original Cloth)
Condition:Near Fine Condition
Dust Jacket:Near Fine
New Holland Publishers [UK] Ltd, 2008, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Near Fine Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine, First Edition

Lighthouses have always fascinated people for the often incredible feats of engineering and building skill involved in their construction, the romance of their association with shipwrecks, disaster and tales of heroism, the loneliness and dedication of the lighthouse keepers, and the beauty of their locations. But writers and historians have hitherto neglected the story of the very reason for their existence - the bright light that guides mariners and travellers alike to safety. In this book, Toby Chance and Peter Williams explain how, in the enthusiasm and ambition of the Victorian age, great steps forward were made by men with the vision, technical skill and scientific ability to take on the English lighthouse authorities and drag lighthouse illumination out of the dark ages. Theirs is a story of self-confidence and prejudice, competition and collaboration, trial and error. It is peopled by rivals, friends, mavericks and innovators, as well as authorities that were resistant to change and reluctant to adopt new technologies. In a time when globalization became a reality for local firms across the world and empires opened up new corners of the globe to Western consciousness, lighthouses were an indispensable tool, ensuring the safe transport of goods and people. James Chance, together with his family firm Chance Brothers, was at the centre of that expanding world. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 272 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. in archive acetate film protection. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Gilt titles spine. red cloth; illustrated by b/w. drawings with colour & b/w. photo's.. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: History; Ships & the Sea; Science & Technology; Engineering, Industrial, Trade; History. ISBN: . ISBN/EAN: 9781847731746. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3477.
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