Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., invites the public to join them Monday, June 18, at 7 p.m. to celebrate the worldwide release of the new edition of “Down East: An Illustrated History of Maritime Maine” with a talk and signing by author Lincoln Paine. Thanks to the generosity of Tilbury House Publishers, guests will be able to buy copies of “Down East” at the event, even it does note go on sale anywhere in the world (even online) until the next day.

“Down East” is a beautiful and absorbing historic overview of Maine’s maritime history. This new edition is packed with meticulously captioned photos, paintings, maps and illustrations, all of which complement Paine’s incisive text. The original edition was published in 2000.

Paine has organized “Down East” into 11 chapters and a coda (“A Sense of Place”) that range chronologically from early Native American travel and fishing to pre-Plymouth European settlements, wars, international trade, shipbuilding, boom-and-bust fisheries, immigrant quarrymen, quick-lime production, yachting and modern port facilities, all unfolding against one of the most dramatic seascapes on the planet.

Paine also the author of the multi-award-winning “The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World” (2013), as well as more than 100 articles, reviews and lectures on maritime history. Since 2006, he has been an editor of Itinerario: International Journal of the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, published at Leiden University, The Netherlands, in conjunction with Cambridge University Press. He serves on the board of Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.

The talk and book signing are free, but reservations are strongly suggested; call 338-9009 or email leftbank@myfairpoint.net with questions or to pre-order. The downtown shop is open daily.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.