A Pipe of Tobacco: with Whiffs and Clouds … With Illustrations.

London: H. Beal … [1840s?].

8vo, pp. 16, with woodcut vignette to title, 5 woodcut illustrations in text, and woodcut tailpiece; a single folded sheet, uncut; a little dusty, small loss to lower corner of title-page (barely touching one character of imprint).

£125

Approximately:
US $162€148

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First edition, by the editor and play- and pantomime-writer E.L. Blanchard, comprising three ‘whiffs’ and two ‘clouds’ on the subject of tobacco, aimed ‘at a niche in the waistcoast pocket, rather than a more presuming station on the library shelf’. Blanchard knew Dickens and was in the 1840s a contributor and editor of Punch – the illustrations here have a very Punch-like flavour.

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