The Pipe Book - Alfred Dunhill 1924 - A. & C. Black, London - First Edition ‘You do not need to be a smoker of pipes, or of tobacco in any form, to enjoy this book. If you like to be entertained and instructed by unique information, you will find it a fascinating volume.’ – New York Times.

A finely bound and uncommon first edition of this remarkable reference work, profusely illustrated throughout with 28 full page plates (four in colour) and 230 illustrations in the text of the vast variety of pipes available up to that time.

In 1907, in London, Alfred Dunhill, a young man in his early 30s, opened his first tobacconist's shop. It was an instant success, custom blending individual tobaccos as well as carrying smokers' accoutrements. Dunhill began to develop a collection of pipes from around the world, which was then catalogued. From this emerged, in 1924, The Pipe Book, which has rarely been out of print since that date.
  8vo. pp. [4] x 262 [2 (publisher advertisements)].   Finely bound in three quarter blue morocco over matching cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, publisher’s original cloth and gilt lettered spine bound in at rear.   Condition: Near fine, small amount of foxing, in fine binding.   Ref: 108552   Price: HK$ 3,500