The Cigar: By the Author of "Three Courses and a Dessert" - William Clarke Circa 1835 - Sherwood, Paternoster Row - First Edition We have endeavoured to make the Cigar like a true Havannah planted in the mouth of a skilful practitioner, retain its fire and fragrance to the last. The Cigar is of a masculine gender; it has been written by men to be read by men.’

Not a book about Cigars, but a small and extremely rare antique medley of humorous sketches by an underemployed Barrister, to accompany you cigar. With titles such as An Oyster Supper, The Opera Hat, Witchcraft Waggeries, Lady Viola’s Nipple, The Beef-Steak Cub, Smoking and Snuff Taking, Batchelor’s Antipathies, Social Bores and The Court of Love. With a number of in-text illustrations.

‘Bedecked with the gaudy tints of jollity and light-heartedness; but who will say that it contains not innumerable lessons which are well worth gathering and treasuring up as jewels of the memory, wherewith to illumine the dim and dangerous onward path of life? Our homily is quaint and joyous seeming, but the marrow of wisdom lurks within its core.’
  (book size 13 x 8.5 cm) pp. [2] vii [1] xiii-xv [1] 17-482 [2]. A number of pencil underlinings and additional notations in pencil.   In contemporary binding of half calf over marbled boards, spine tooled in gilt, black morocco label, top edge gilt others uncut, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Very good, some rubbing to binding and chips to edges of paper boards and spine bands, internally paper toned, and some pencil underlinings.   Ref: 109301   Price: HK$ 2,500