This is a near fine (almost like new) hardcover with dust jacket. 1999 John Hopkins University Press. This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. The pages are crisp, clean and free of markings. The binding is tight and straight. Navy blue hardcover boards under jacket are also near fine. The dust jacket is clean and near fine with only a hint of shelf wear, mostly to back from display. Royal octavo size or 7.25" x 11" with 331 pages including index.
In the early settlements along the Atlantic coast, the ocean meant everything - offering ties to the outside world and yielding an abundance that allowed colonists to establish thriving outposts. With industrialization, some of these settlements grew into important cities in the 19th century. Other settlements - the ones that are the affectionate focus of this book - fell behind and survived in relative isolation.
In this book the author celebrates the scale and style of these places - more than 140 towns in all. The book divides naturally into three regional sections: North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, and South Atlantic. It focuses on nine places that are among the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in North America, towns that still possess a delightful pedestrian scale and sense of community, and whose physical settings evoke time-honored qualities; Castine and Kennebunk's Port , Maine, Edgar-town MA, Stonington Connecticut, Ocean Grove NJ, New Castle DE, Beaufort SC, and St Augustine FL.
Lavishly illustrated with engaging and informative text, the book offers a fascinating guide for coastal travelers and anyone with a historic preservation interest.
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