Publication: The Rosenbach Company, 1937-1952, New York
First editions. Folio. The first five volumes are limited to 300 numbered copies. Cloth, leather spine labels, xvi, 543; ix, 564; vii, 545; (viii), 486; (vi), 327 pages. With ten volumes of supplements, complete. New York: The New York Public Library, 1958-1969, quarto, stiff paper wrappers. 650 pages and plates. A comprehensive collection on the history, literature and lore of tobacco as found in the Arents' Collection. According to the NYPL website, "The George Arents Collection on Tobacco, the product of over one hundred years of collecting by George Arents and a succession of curators, is a comprehensive collection on the history, literature, and lore of tobacco. Over the years, the collection has grown to include books and manuscripts in more than twenty languages. Although the collection is devoted to tobacco and includes almost every important work dealing with the subject, it also contains many historical, literary, and artistic works in which tobacco appears only incidentally. [Volumes I-IV was privately printed in New York between 1937 and 1943 in an edition of just 300 sets, and is the catalogue of the ]... the private library of George Arents and it represents the books [arranged by date of printing] that were in the collection before it was donated to The New York Public Library. In 1944, George Arents's collection was received by The New York Public Library where it became known as the George Arents Collection on Tobacco.... Volume 5, the Index by Anne M. Nill, was published in 1952. It was arranged in two sections: Author Index and Subject Index. The Author Index lists author's names and titles for those works that lacked an author. ... A published supplement was prepared by Arents Librarian Sarah Augusta Dickson and Curator Perry O'Neil to cover additions to the collection after 1942. It was printed from 1958-1969...." All volumes are beautifully illustrated and printed. Spine labels chipped. A very nice complete set.
Inventory Number: 29624