Birmingham, UK: Hudson & Son, 1880. Hardcover. Number 198 of 200 copies signed by Bragge. Privately printed. Very scarce edition of this extensive bibliography of books and objects related to tobacco and smoking. It is a chronological list of 409 titles of books, and a classified catalogue of about 13,000 objects connected with the use of tobacco - an ethnographic collection of pipes, snuff mills and snuff rasps, snuff bottles, fire strikers, tinder boxes, and more. William Bragge (1823 – 1884) was an English civil engineer, antiquarian and author. He established a museum and art gallery and collected a notably comprehensive library of the literature on tobacco, in all its forms and almost all languages, with pamphlets, engravings and other publications filling 17 large volumes.The original and revised volumes of his catalogues constitute the earliest specialist bibliography in the English language. In 1880, Bragge published this revised bibliography of tobacco, Bibliotheca Nicotiana [Wikipedia]. Bound in three quarter dark red leather with marbled paper boards. Spine with six compartments with titling and gilt ornaments. Front cover is partially detached. Leather is rubbed, worn, and abraded. Rear hinge tender. Front free endpaper detached. Tears to bottom margins of first few pages not affecting text. Text is otherwise clean and in very good condition. Quarto. 248 pages plus rear table of contents. BOB/083021. Very Good.
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