The Gentle Art Of Smoking

London: Max Reinhardt, 1954

8vo, pp. 146. 14 photographic plates, and illustrated with line drawings throughout. Original red boards, lettered in gilt on spine. A fine copy in a very near fine dustwrapper, with the very slightest wear to spine ends.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR ON TITLE-PAGE: 'Sincere regards, Alfred. H. Dunhill'.
'It is not necessary to be a member of the Tobacco Trade to realise that the world-wide practice of smoking is rapidly becoming, except for a small minority, a lost art and a limited pleasure. ... To-day the ubiquitous cigarette has robbed most of us of former glories and gripped us by the throat.' (From the Introduction).
Alfred Henry Dunhill was the son of the founder of the pipe-making dynasty, and it is the philosophy of pipe-smoking that is under discussion in this pretty little book, with brief detours for a consideration of cigars and snuff. Profusely illustrated, marvellously non-PC -- and extremely scarce signed.

Keywords: Alfred DUNHILL"


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