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Welcome to my first list of tobacco and smoking related items and I hope you will enjoy browsing through it. On reflection, perhaps "first" is a bit presumptuous, but ... !

The list is alphabetical by author (where known), or by publisher or title (where not). Many of these books bear the stamps, hereinafter referred to as "corporate library stamps", of W.D. & H.O. Wills, Imperial Tobacco Company, or other such organizations, and/or previous owners' names. Condition is carefully noted.

Armstrong, G.M. and Sumner, C.B. Investigations on Downy Mildew of Tobacco. Clemson, SC: Clemson Agricultural College, 1935. Bulletin 303. Original plain printed wrappers with ink annotation at top of front cover; contents fine.

Atkin, Susanne. The Clay Pipe-Making Industry in Norfolk. Norfolk, UK, 1985. Reprinted from Norfolk Archaeology. Original buff printed wrappers, with author's autograph presentation inscription on front cover. Stapled contents fine.

Badger, Anthony J. Prosperity Road: The New Deal, Tobacco, and North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC (1980). [First edition] A fine copy in dust jacket with a minute tear at base of spine..

Ein Buch über Tabak und Rauchen und über uns.
Vienna, [n.d., late 60s ?] A near fine copy in the original brown pictorial wrappers, a trifle rubbed at spine. Produced by Austria Tabak.

[Another copy].
A near fine copy in the original brown pictorial wrappers, a trifle rubbed at spine. Produced by Austria Tabak.

Deal, Borden. The Tobacco Men. London, 1966. First edition. "A novel based on notes by Theodore Dreiser." A fine copy in the original brown boards, stamped in gilt on spine, in colour pictorial dust jacket which is a trifle rubbed at edges.

Field Museum of Natural History. Anthropology Leaflet. No. 29 only (Tobacco and Its Use Africa ). This is an ancient photocopy (on the old-fashioned glossy paper), amateurishly bound into hideous two-toned blue paper boards; a reading copy only.

First Steps in General Knowledge, Part IV. The Vegetable Kingdom.
London: Published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge , 1849. Original blind-stamped brown cloth, titled in gilt on front cover, with repair to top of front outer hinge and loss to spine ends. Name and address on front endpaper, otherwise a fine copy with a passing reference to tobacco on pp. 156-158.

Indian Tobacco: A Monograph.
Madras: Published by the Indian Central Tobacco Committee, 1960. First edition. Original blue cloth, with photo-pictorial (Indian woman examining tobacco plant), dust jacket mercilessly taped inside both covers. Corporate library stamp on front endpaper. A poorly produced book with several loose gatherings, protruding at the fore-edge; a reading copy.

Jenkins, John Wilber. James B. Duke, Master Builder: The Story of Tobacco, Development of Southern and Canadian Water-Power and the Creation of a University. New York, 1927. First edition. Three-quarter brown leather and paper boards, in poor condition; covers detatched (but present), spine badly worn and partially detatched. Contents complete; a rebinding copy only.

Johnson, James and Ogden, William B. Tobacco Mosaic and Its Control. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, 1939. Bulletin 445. Original b/w pictorial (diseased tobacco leaf) wrappers, with pencil/ink notation at top of front panel. Well illustrated with b/w photos; contents fine.

Mackenzie, M.K. Present Location and Past Diffusion of the Flue-Cured Tobacco Industry in West Nile District, Uganda. Kampala, Uganda, 1971. Original printed pale yellow wrappers (now a trifle soiled) with green cloth spine; small corner missing from rear cover. Typed text, illustrated with maps, tables, graph and charts. A very good copy.

McMurtrey, J.E. Distinctive Effects of the Deficiency of Certain Essential Elements on the Growth of Tobacco Plants in Solution Cultures. Washington, D.C., 1933. Technical Bulletin No. 340, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Original printed tan wrappers, with vestige of vertical crease at center. One colour plate; a near fine copy.

Meade, W.E., [editor] Handbook of Tobacco Culture for Planters in Southern Rhodesia. Salisbury, Rhodesia, 1913. First edition. Original green cloth, stamped in yellow; covers spotted and worn at corners and (especially so) at spine. Front prelims broken away from the now rusting staples, but remainder of contents, still nice and tight. Several poor quality, but interesting, b/w photographic illustrations. A good copy.

Pesticide Residues in Tobacco and Tobacco Products.
Brussels, 1976. Vol. 1 [of 3?]: General Report. Information on Agriculture Series, no. 14. A near fine copy in the original decorated pink and white wrappers, with large typed title and call number labels viciously scotch-taped on the spine; corporate library stamp with notations on front cover.

Pezolt, Alfred and Gertsch, Max. Das Buch vom Tabak. Zürich, 1946. Text in German. Original two-toned brown and beige cloth, stamped in brown on front cover and decorated in black on spine; cloth badly worn at corners and split at outer hinges. Corporate library stamp inside front cover, pages a little browned at extreme margins. Despite the poor quality of the text pages, the full page b/w illustrations are of good quality; and there are a few tipped in colour plates. Altogether, a very good copy.

Purseglove, J.W. Tropical Crops: Dicotyledons 1. London, 1968. First edition. Original gilt-letterd green buckram, with call number at base of spine; pictorial dust jacket laminated and stuck down inside both covers along edge of flaps. Corporate library stamp on front endpaper, contents otherwise excellent; a very good copy.

Early 19th Century British Parliamentary Report!

Report of the Select Committeee on the Growth and Cultivation of Tobacco.
[London] 1830. Later three-quarter red leather and moiré patterned black cloth, titled in gilt on spine; front cover detatched but present, with call number label on lower left corner of front cover. Severely chipped front endpaper detatched but present; Inland Revenue Library stamp and ink number on top corner of title page. Contents fine.

Rinaldi, Giuseppe. I Tabacchi Orientali nel Salento. Taranto, [Italy], 1927. Original browning-grey wrappers, printed in red and black; spine ends frayed, and large piece missing from top left corner of back cover; ink stamps on rear cover. Despite the cheap paper used, a very good copy of a fragile item.

Ross, A. Frank and Vinson, C.G. Mosaic Disease of Tobacco: Action of Proteoclastic Enzymes on the Virus Fraction Nature ... Columbia, MO: University of Missouri, 1937. Research Bulletin 258. Original plain printed wrappers with ink annotation at top of front cover; contents fine.
Shiltz, Pierre, Delon, René and Bardon, Jean-Claude. Les Plantes du G. Nicotiana en Collection a l'Institut du Tabac de Bergerac. Bergerac, France, 1991. 2ème edition. Cover title: "Les Nicotianées en Collection a l'Institut du Tabac." Text in French. A fine copy in the striking original colour pictorial wrappers.

Tanner, Arthur Edmund. Tobacco: From the Grower to the Smoker. London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., [n.d., 1912] [First edition] "Pitman's Common Commodities and Industries." Original green cloth, lettered in black, now somewhat worn and faded, with a 1" piece gnawed from the lower right fore-edge. Attractive colour frontispiece, "The Tobacco Plant," and contents excellent. Were it not for a hungry mouse, this would have been a very good copy of a book which went through many printings until 1950!

[Another copy]. London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1945. Fourth revised edition, 1945 printing. Original blue cloth, lettered in black. In the pictorial dust jacket which lacks small pieces from the spine ends, and with some internal tape repairs at folds. Previous ownership signature and date on front endpaper; attractive colour frontispiece, "The Tobacco Plant." Altogether, a very good copy.

Tobacco: Present Situation and Prospects. Brussels, 1976. "Newsletter on the Common Agricultural Policy," no. 3. Original printed wrappers (staples rusted, trifle soiled) with typed text.

Tollison, Robert D. and Wagner, Richard E. Smoking and the State: Social Costs, Rent Seeking, and Public Policy. Lexington, MA, 1988. First edition. A fine copy in the original grey boards and pictorial dust jacket.

Umberger, Eugene, Jr. Tobacco and Its Use: A Bibliography of the Periodical Literature. Rochester, N.Y., 1984. No. 116 of 450 copies. Original decorated buff wrappers, with author's presentation inscription on front endpaper. A fine copy.

Vinson, C.G., McReynolds, D.K. and Gingrinch, N.S. Virus Protein of Mosaic Disease of Tobacco. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri, 1939. Research Bulletin 297. Original grey printed wrappers with small ink notation at top left corner of front cover. Contents fine.

Wilbert, Johannes. Tobacco and Shamanism in South America. New Haven, Ct.: Yale University Press, 1987. First edition. Apart from a little splaying of the covers, a fine copy in the original cloth and pictorial dust jacket.

Wolf, Frederick A. Tobacco Diseases and Decays. Durham, N.C., 1935. First edition. Original brown cloth, a little worn at spine ends, with ghostly vestige of call number at bottom. Library bookplate inside front cover, date-due slip and library pocket at rear; library stamp on verso of title, and neat ink accession number at bottom of dedication page. Despite the foregoing, a very good copy.

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