General Lighthouse Literature
A listing of general lighthouse information.
America's Lighthouses - An Illustrated History (Francis Ross Holland, Jr., Dover Publications, Inc., New York, ISBN # 0-486-25576-X) - This general book on the history of America's lighthouses is a bit dated, but very thorough. It covers the entire country, and also has excellent sections on lanterns, fog signals, and the lives of keepers. The book also provides photos of many lighthouses as they originally appeared.
Anatomy of a Lighthouse (Michael J. Rhein, Barnes and Noble Books, ISBN # 0-7607-2321-4) - This fascinating book delves more deeply into how a lighthouse is built, and why. The book uses examples from all over the world, and the photography is outstanding.
Beacon on the Rock (Peter Williams, Quintet Publishing, London, ISBN # 1-7641-5349-8) - Coffee table book of lighthouse history and photos from around the world.
Endangered Lighthouses (Tim Harrison and Ray Jones, The Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Connecticut, ISBN # 0-7627-0815-8) - A record of lighthouses endangered by storms, erosion, neglect, and progress.
The Keeper's Log - Quarterly publication of the US Lighthouse Society.
Legendary Lighthouses (John Grant and Ray Jones, The Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Connecticut, ISBN # 0-7627-0325-3) - Companion book to the PBS series.
Legendary Lighthouses Volume II (John Grant and Ray Jones, The Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Connecticut, ISBN # 0-7627-0953-7) - Companion book to the second PBS series.
The Lighthouse Book (Samuel Willard Crompton and Charles J. Ziga, Barnes and Noble Books, New York, ISBN # 0-7607-1135-6) - This book's distinct tall and narrow shape is ideal for displaying it's greatest strength - excellent photography. It gives a brief history of selected US and Canadian lighthouses.
Lighthouse Digest - Periodical devoted to the history and preservation of lighthouses.
The Lighthouse Stevensons (Bella Bathurst, HarperCollins, New York, ISBN # 0-06-093226-0) - "The stirring, romantic story of how four generations of Robert Lewis Stevenson's family built the lighthouses of the Scottish coast against incredible odds."
Lighthouses (Francis Ross Holland, Jr, Barnes and Noble Books, New York, ISBN # 0-7607-0696-4) - This coffee table book is a broad overview of the history of lighthouses, dating back to the Pharos of Alexandria. It is less in-depth than the author's other book (see above), but is filled with spectacular photography.
Lost Lighthouses (Tim Harrison and Ray Jones, The Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Connecticut, ISBN # 0-7627-0443-8) - Beautiful images and a short history of lighthouses lost to storms, erosion, neglect, and progress.
Nineteenth Century Lights (J. Candace Clifford, Mary Louise Clifford, Cypress Communications, Alexandria, Virginia, ISBN (softcover) # 09636412-3-9, (hardcover) #09636412-2-0) - An excellent overview of many of the lightstations of the 19th century. Includes photos of stations which no longer exist or have since been replaced.
Twilight on the Lighthouses (Jim Gibbs, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, Arglen, PA, ISBN #0-88740-930-X) - Photos and history of lighthouses and lightships along the western US.
The U.S. Life-Saving Service (Ralph Shanks, Wick York, Lisa Woo Shanks, Costaño Books, Novato, CA, ISBN # 0-930268-16-4) - comprehensive volume on the companion service to the US Lighthouse Service.
The Ultimate Book of Lighthouses (Samuel Willard Crompton, Michael J. Rhein, Thunder Bay Press, San Diego, ISBN # 1-57145-224-9) - Coffee table book featuring lighthouses and lightships from around the world.
Women Who Kept the Lights (J. Candace Clifford, Mary Louise Clifford, Cypress Communications, Williamsburg, Virginia, ISBN #0-963-64120-4) - An account of the many women lighthouse keepers from the 18th century to the present.
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