Tobacco: Its History and Association

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Author: Fairholt, William Frederick (1814–1866)

Year: 1888

Publisher: Privately published

Place: London


2 volumes: vii+152 pages with frontispiece, figures, 2 page map, and 128 plates (some tipped in and 7 in color); [153]-332 pages with frontispiece, figures, 119 plates (some tipped in and 7 in color). folio (13 1/4" x 10 1/2") bound in three quarter leather with marbled boards and gilt lettering to raised spine bands, head end pages in gilt. Deluxe edition.

This edition a "Grangerized" edition with extra-illustrations not included in the 1859 edition. There are over two hundred and thirty additional plates as well as Fairholt's original illustrations.

Included is the offset printing of The Library Relating to Tobacco Collected by George Arents by Jerome E Brooks, New York Public Library, 1944; The Hundred-Year War Against the Cigarette by Gordon L Dillow, reprint from the February/March 1981 issue of American Heritage; (2) copies of an article, pages 713-720 with illustrations (October 1873), from Harpers Magazine "In a Tobacco Factory". In addition there are 20 original plates laid in, some of which are included as part of the "Grangerizing" process.

William Fairholt was born in London. His father, who was of a German family (the name was originally Fahrholz), was a tobacco manufacturer, and Frederick was at first employed in the business. He then worked as a drawing-master, and later as a scene-painter. Ink copies made by him of figures from William Hogarth's plates led to his being employed by Charles Knight on several of his illustrated publications. His first published literary work was a contribution to Hone's Year-Book in 1831. His life was one of almost uninterrupted quiet labor, carried on until within a few days of death. Several works on civic pageantry and some collections of ancient unpublished songs and dialogues were edited by him for the Percy Society in 1842. In 1844 he was elected fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He published an edition of the dramatic works of John Lyly in 1858. His principal works are Tobacco, its History and Association (1859); Gog and Magog (1860); Up the Nile and Home Again (1862); many articles and serials contributed to the Art Journal, some of which were afterwards separately published, as Costume in England (1846); Dictionary of Terms in Art (1854). These works are illustrated by numerous cuts, drawn on the wood by his own hand. He also illustrated Evans's Coins of the Ancient Britons, Frederic William Madden's Jewish Coinage, Halliwell's folio Shakespeare and his Sir John Maundeville, Charles Roach Smith's Richborough, the Miscellanea Graphica of Lord Londesborough, and many other works.


Light edge wear else a very good set.

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