The Pipe Book - Alfred Dunhill 1924 - A. & C. Black, London - First Edition The 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. This copy has an additional clipping of the poem ‘Ode to Tobacco’ by Lucio affixed to the rear pastedown.

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.

‘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.
  Provenance: Hugh Hullah with his name neatly hand written, and small booksellers ticket of Chas. Thurnam & Sons, Carlisle.

Quarto (book size 23x17cm), pp. [2] x 262 [2 (publisher’s advertisements)]. In publisher's dark blue cloth, spine and front panel letteered in gilt with gilt pipe vignette and border blocked in blind, all edges trimmed.
  Condition: Fine wtith the exception of a hint of spotting to the upper edges of endpapers   Ref: 110271   Price: HK$ 1,000