This is a work in progress, and always will be--there exist so many tobacco related books and publications throughout the history of tobacco, with more being written all the time.
Renown author and avid collector, Ben Rapaport has over 3000 tobacco related volumes in his personal collection, and has created what is likely the most comprehensive list of tobacco related books and publications in English. It is organized by topic, although many entries cover a range of tobacco related topics. He started this list in 1987, and has been updating it as new works come to his attention. Over time we hope to integrate Ben's extensive list into this article, meanwhile the list from the Fall of 2021 is available here in PDF format: A Reading List for the Pipe Smoker and Pipe Collector (Fall 2021).
Ben Rapaport also offers select titles through his Antiquarian Tobacciana newsletter, and can be reached at mailto:email@example.com
Books (in print)
Ben Rapaport has completed his 9th book!
An Intimate History of The Tobacco Industry, 1850–1920. From The Briar Pipe of Saint-Claude to The Cigarette in The Trenches of World War One.
Ben will be the only one selling it, and is trying to get a handle on how many might want to buy a copy; so he'll know how many to print. He does not have a price yet, but estimates between $20-$25 (hopefully). If you may be interested in a copy, you can contact him via E-mail at
The Peterson Pipe Book, The Story of Kapp & Peterson, by Mark Irwin and Gary Malmberg. A comprehensive, in depth account of the world's oldest maker of briar pipes, The Peterson Pipe: The Story of Kapp & Peterson details the illustrious company's history, dating back to 1865, while also providing information on specific Peterson pipes, old catalogs and brochures, profiles of integral employees, and much more, all accompanied by countless, high-quality photos. Authored by Mark Irwin, one of the pipe world's leading Peterson experts, and Gary Malmberg, a researcher, writer, graphic designer, and devout pipe enthusiast, this is a must-have book for your coffee table — written for and by pipe lovers about one of the industry's most renowned names. Available at Smokingpipes.com
Tobacco and Smoking Among the Blue and Gray
The Illustrated History of An American Folk-Art Curiosity. The Civil War Soldier's Tobacco Pipe, by Ben Rapaport. From the publisher, "Acclaimed historian and antiquarian of all things tobacciana, Ben Rapaport has broken new ground with this well-researched treatise of the smoking scene on the battlefields and in the camps and the prisons of the War Between the States. This is the never-before-told story of the Union and Confederate soldiers’ reliance on tobacco and their creativity in fashioning wood pipes, one of the most enduring genres of patriotic folk art from the war. Extensively illustrated with over 100 soldiers’ pipes, many of which exhibit remarkable craftsmanship. The soldier’s hand-carved pipe tells an enduring American story of duty, sacrifice, and patriotism. A remarkable literary achievement with no better a writer to tackle the subject than that of Rapaport. A long-overdue addition to our American Civil War collective. (Hardcover with jacket; 300 pages with 175 B&W and color illustrations; recent auction results with prices realized; indexed.)" Available from Briar Books Press
Comoy's Blue Riband
By Neil Archer Roan. From the publisher, "Know the man? Of course, we're all online and read his blog A Passion For Pipes with enthusiasm. He has become the gold standard for our collecting pastime for visionary thought and expression through word and camera. For some time, there's been great interest for Roan to release something in print. The wait is over. In connection with the 2014 Chicagoland exhibition (May 2-4) of his collection of Comoy Blue Riband briars, Roan has prepared an extensive companion guidebook and first-ever complete history of one of the most talked-about brands including an extensive shape, dating, and name listing. Few contemporary pipe-books embody this level of sophisticated research required to tell such a story. Much the same can be said of the photography and complementary graphic design of the book- brilliant!- visually and in concept. Oh! were there time enough for Roan to apply himself to tell the stories of all of our favorite old-time makes. Beautifully composed, it is also artistically constructed of the finest printing materials. From heavy-coated stock for its 168 pages to hardcover binding and dust-jacket, the finished product is as much a pleasure to the hand as it is to the eye. This is a limited-edition release of 500 impressions. If you were unable to visit the Chicago exhibition now is a choice time to secure a copy by mail for your library." Available from Briar Books Press
The Perfect Smoke, Gourmet Pipe Smoking for Relaxation and Reflection
by Fred Hanna. This is a book consisting of various essays on pipe smoking and how to enjoy it to the greatest degree.
Pipe smoking, according to the author, is quite possibly the most underrated, unappreciated pleasure in all the world. It is not always easy to understand. But to those who do understand it, pipe smoking is a wonderfully engaging, satisfying, and stimulating activity. In this often humorous and always thought provoking book, the pleasures of pipe smoking are clearly described in an easy-to-read, light hearted, and in-depth style. The author explores the nature of the finest smoking briar pipes and proper pipe smoking methods, along with a host of tips and techniques for maximum enjoyment. The author also discusses how to taste pipe tobaccos and there is an interactive discussion with Tad Gage on enjoying the aged blends of old. The author also discusses his own blends, Wilderness and Legends. Tips and insights are offered throughout the book. The author shows how a great pipe coupled with great tobacco can be used for relaxation, reflection, and even problem-solving. Out of print, but still available on Kindle
Confessions of a Pipeman
From the publisher, "Released in September 2010, this is the second edition of Confessions! With 50% more content than the first, 24 chapters and more illustrations, now all in color, this new, expanded edition, Schrier gives the pipeman more of that irreverent, much-needed counsel on being a better pipe smoker.
Not a "how to" book, but a lifestyle guide. As a cautionary note, I will warn the easily-offended and politically-correct person, that this little book throws punches, though I believe all of them are above the belt. I hope you find my views amusing and thought provoking and that you enjoy reading my words as much as I enjoyed struggling to cobble them together professional-like. This book is unlike anything the pipeman has seen written about his treasured passion of the pipe, tobacco, and how he is to get on with it. For the beginner and knowledgeable alike. With a foreword by Marty Pulvers". Available from Briar Books Press
Pipes & Tobacco
From the publisher: What they were saying in 1901 about it in . . .“Pipes and Tobacco. A Bright and Interesting Discourse on Smokers” by J. W. Cundall. Long 8vo. Cloth, 6d. To-day.— “Mr. J. W. Cundall has written a little volume which all lovers of the fragrant weed will read with interest and amusement. In addition to an account of the history of tobacco, and the science of it growing and blending, many entertaining anecdotes are related of famous smokers, and a large amount of odd information of use to smokers imparted. For a modest outlay of sixpence, at which price it is published, no devotee of ‘My Lady Nicotine’ need lack this latest appreciation of his goddess.”
"My how times have changed! That's inflation for you. No longer sixpence, but then who other than Briar Books Press discovers such unusual, worthwhile, and most importantly, such entertaining literature for the pipe-smoking man. Hidden for over a century, this delightful gem is a look into our collective past for all the reasons smoking is such good medicine for the soul. Historical yet in many ways contemporary, Pipes and Tobacco is the smoking man's guide to everything which is important to him. Author Cundall spins an entertaining read for the Englishman on so many of the topics of interest to him at the turn of the last century. From tobacco as a luxury and aid to meditation, to social smoking and as a medicinal aid, to soldiers and smoking, to poetry, to juvenile and royal smokers and smoking in parlaiment, to smokiana and the Brotherhood of Smokedom, Cundall covers the subject concisely yet comprehensively. Peppered with quaint tobacco and briar-pipe advertisements, Pipes and Tobacco includes a never-before-divulged statement attesting to the origin of J. M. Barrie's secret Arcadia mixture as written in his 1890's novel My Lady Nicotine. A delightful and informative read that will leave you wanting for more." Available from Briar Books Press
Bo Nordh - Pipemaker. A story about a man and his work by Jan Andersson.
Written in English. Hardcover: 130 pages with 125 pictures showing more than 100 pipes in color.
Published in 2008 by Jans Bild & Text, Sweden.
Available in the U.S. from Ben Rapaport (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Briar Books Press
Interested in other parts of the world may contact the author (email@example.com) for more information.
PIPES, Artisans and trademarks, by José Manuel Lopes
(not available on Amazon, check your favorite B&M or on-line tobacconist).
Language: English; Hardcover: 264 Pages, First English Edition 2005; Translation by Mick Greer; Forward by Ben Rapaport; Introductory Text by Gregory Pease. Originally titled "Cachimbos" and written in Portuguese, this book chronicles nearly every brand made as of 2005, with informative descriptions and excellent pictures. Currently considered the most complete book covering the numerous makers of tobacco pipes.
The Pipe Companion: A Connoisseur's Guide, by David Wright
Available new and used on Amazon
Hardcover: 208 pages; Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers (October 2000); Language: English; ISBN-10: 0762403233; ISBN-13: 978-0762403233. Though far from exhaustive, this is a wonderful book with excellent pictures. The makers covered are covered more thoroughly than in José Manuel Lopes' book.
In Search of Pipe Dreams, by Rick Newcombe
Available new and used on Amazon or Barns and Noble: Paperback: 304 pages; Publisher: Sumner Books (April 1, 2006); Language: English; ISBN-10: 0966623916; ISBN-13: 978-0966623918. This book is an excellent read. One of my favorites. Rick loves pipes and pipe makers and is an excellent writer. The pictures are informative.
Still Searching for Pipe Dreams, by Rick Newcombe
Available new and used on Amazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble
Paperback: 185 pages; Publisher: Sumner Books (March 24, 2013); Language: English; ISBN-10: 1939104033; ISBN-13: 978- 1939104033.
Still Searching for Pipe Dreams is the second in a series, asking: Why would anyone still smoke a pipe in the 21st century? Why are young people drawn to pipe collecting and artistic pipe making? Why are pipe shows suddenly sold out?
Scandinavian Pipemakers (An extensive guide to the world of handmade pipes from Denmark, Sweden and Norway), by Jan Andersson
Available new on Amazon .
Hardcover: 340 pages; Publisher: Briar Books Press (2012); Language: English; ASIN: B008WXJEB8. Andersson follows the history and evolution of modern Scandanavian pipemaking and meets with most of the pipemakers involved in it.
Rare Smoke: The Ultimate Guide to Pipe Collecting, by Richard Carleton Hacker
Available new and used on Amazon
Hardcover: 265 pages, Publisher: Rick Hacker (December 1, 1999), Language: English, ISBN-10: 0931253101, ISBN-13: 978-0931253102. Very informative book on collecting, especially certain makes and eras. It is far from exhaustive. The pictures are informative (but not exciting). An enjoyable read, a good reference, and well worth owning.
Pipesmoking: A 21st Century Guide, by Richard Carleton Hacker
Available new and used on Amazon
Paperback: 168 pages, Publisher: Autumngold Publishing; First Edition, Second Printing edition (August 10, 2006), Language: English, ISBN-10: 0931253152, ISBN-13: 978-0931253157.
Collectible Pipes, by Jean Rebeyrolles
Available new and used on Amazon
Paperback: 384 pages, Publisher: Flammarion (September 21, 2002), Language: English, ISBN-10: 2080108840, ISBN-13: 978-2080108845.
The Pipe Smoker's Companion: Poetry and Prose in Praise of the Pipe, ed.Hugh Morrison. Available from Amazon This book is not an instructional manual nor a history of tobacco, but rather an anthology of the best poetry and prose from the last four centuries on the subtle pleasures of the pipe. Excerpts from works by William Cowper, J.M. Barrie, James Boswell and Thomas Carlyle, as well as many anonymous writers have been collected to provide the collective wit and wisdom of the 'Brotherhood of the Briar' in one volume. It will make an ideal fireside companion for any thoughtful and reflective pipe smoker. Paperback, 54 pages. Montpelier Publishing, July 2014. ISBN-10: 1500441406. ISBN-13: 978-1500441401.
Hard cover with dust jacket (1979). Paperback: 256 pages; Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; Revised edition (May 1998); Language: English; ISBN-10: 0764305964; ISBN-13: 978-0764305962.
Collecting Antique Meerschaums: Miniature to Majestic Sculpture (1999), by Ben Rapaport. Available from the author at: Antiquarian Tobacciana. E-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Available new and used at Amazon Hardcover: 176 pages; Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (March 1999); Language: English; ISBN-10: 0764307657; ISBN-13: 978-0764307652.
The Global Guide to Tobacco Literature" (1989) by Ben Rapaport. Description: Bibliography of books, organized by topical area and alphabet in English, French, German, Italian, and other languages, approx 6,000 entries. Privately published, USA. Library of Congress catalog number 90-91868, available from the author at: Antiquarian Tobacciana. E-mail: mailto:email@example.com
Back From The Ashes: Uncovering the Lost History Of G. L. Hunt and the Falcon Pipe, by K. A. Worth. WINNER ~ 2008 Illinois Historical Society Book Award. (June 2007) Softbound; 185 Pages, Includes 70 B&W Illustrations. First Electronic Edition January 2012 (Updated, Expanded) includes 88 Illustrations - 58 Color, 30 B&W. Both versions with many vintage advertisements and catalog sheets shown. Late Chicago manufacturer G. L. Hunt first became exclusive Falcon distributor in 1948, then took over manufacture in 1956. In this work, author Kathy A. Worth, granddaughter of Mr. Hunt, chronicles the development of the world-famous Falcon pipe - and in tribute to her late grandfather - treats us to a fascinating profile of the great American entrepreneur.
eBook available at Amazon; See website for reviews from Mr. Bill Unger, Pijpenkabinet, and others. eBook also available at Amazon U.K.; Amazon Spain;Amazon Germany;Amazon France and Amazon Italy.
Worthy Works Press Website:- Limited Number of 2007 Print Editions Available...Mailing Address: K. A. Worth, PO Box 485, Grayslake, IL 60030.
Pimo's Guide to Pipe-Crafting at Home
112 pages, 190 illustrations, Paperback. Many North American pipe makers can attribute their start to this book and pipe making supplies and tools from Pimo Pipe Craft. Pimo was recently merged with Vermont Freehand, and Pipe-Crafting at home is available through Vermont Freehand
The Dunhill Briar Pipe - 'the patent years and after' by John C. Loring: The first published book devoted to the Dunhill pipe. It is alternatively a dating guide, a history of the Dunhill pipe and a study of the Dunhill pipe generally. Publication date: June 1998. Price: US$30 including worldwide shipping. Available from the author's son at: Michael D. Loring. Voice: (773) 935 - 3492, 700 West Irving Park, Suite A-1, Chicago, Illinois 60613. Email, website
The History of the Calabash Pipe, by Gary B. Schrier
From the publisher: "The History of the Calabash Pipe is a fascinating story of one of the least understood pipes that ever graced the pipe racks of tobacco smokers. Author Gary B. Schrier uncovers the origins of the eccentric-gourd pipe made famous by Edwardian-era British pipe manufactories and the Sherlock Holmes character. With this second edition, every aspect of this absolute pipeman's requisite is covered in-depth, including the discovery, gourd agriculture, design evolution, materials, manufacture--past and present, commercial-trade channels, the makers, brand identification with an expanded English-hallmark guide, insight into the Sherlock Holmes connexion along with a colorful pastiche, the photographic profiles of three pipe collections from well-know figures in the hobby, famous admirers, a section of questions and answers, along with a scholarly index--a must-read for every pipe collector and smoker ane a long-awaited update to the knowledge base of Pipedom." Available from Briar Books Press
The Pipeman's Daily Fare
From the publisher: "After a lengthy absence, original poetry written for the pipe-smoking man is back. With a reverence for the past and a youthful taste for the present, Assaad G. Bachaalani has wrought a comprehensive selection of poems and limericks surely to delight the pipeman who demands the most from his smoking sojourns. Topics as diverse as the sandblasted finish, fishing, Dunhill, dogs, Kaywoodie, women, death, the young piper, the best mixtures, pipe gurgle, the new self-consciousness smoker, types of collectors, sweet mixtures, driving with a pipe, the master carver versus apprentice, types of briar grain, cigars, pressed tobaccos, pipe cake—and much more. Bachaalani has written a rich, poetic tapestry of words that are soothing on the mind and, unlike a good deal of poetry, written sensibly to exclude no one from its finer meaning and enjoyment.
American pipemen of all cants now have a neat and comprehensive volume of poetry that appends gracefully to that classic culture of rugged individualism which includes the briar pipe as its badge of freedom and refined taste. Illustrated with classic briar-pipe images from a period English catalogue, Bachaalani’s The Pipeman’s Daily Fare will take you above and beyond the smoke of your fragrant weed to a loftier state of smoking pleasure." Available from Briar Books Press
Secrets of Enjoyable Pipe Smoking, by Mark Beale, MD: A paperback book that features chapters on selecting, cleaning, and collecting pipes, choosing tobacco, and health tips. "It seems there were pamphlets about pipes, and then expensive hardcover books," comments the author, a 36-year old psychiatrist and third-generation pipe smoker. "I wanted to create something in between - a concise but detailed book for someone just discovering the pipe pastime." The self-published book sells for $9.95, plus $3 shipping. Call (843) 856-3146.
THE CUSTOM-BILT PIPE STORY, by William E. Unger, Jr., Ph.D Available from NASPCr (order from). 263 pages, plastic spiral bound, 87 illustrations: pipe photographs and reproductions of rare ads and catalogs. Chapter One: The Companies; Chapter Two: The People; Chapter Three: The Pipes; A carefully researched history of these increasingly collectible pipes, from their beginning, with Tracy Mincer in 1929, to their last manufacture in 1998. A guide to the names and distinguishing features of the many different variations. Reviews by Richard Esserman, and Tony Soderman.
Books (out of print)
The Ultimate Pipe Book, by Richard Carleton Hacker:
Available used on Amazon
Hardcover: 305 pages; Publisher: Autumngold Pub.; 2nd edition (January 1984)Language: English; ISBN-10: 0931253004; ISBN-13: 978-0931253003. Check availability with Antiquarian Tobacciana. E-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pipe Book, by Alfred Dunhill:
Available used on Amazon in paperback. The First edition was published in 1924. The first reprint, as a hardback book, was published in 1969. This particular reprint and all others since that time (and there have been several) do not contain the 28 black & white and color plates that are found in the 1924 edition; these are pipes that are not now line drawings in any reprint. Paperback: 280 pages; Publisher: The Lyons Press; First edition edition (November 1, 2002); Language: English; ISBN-10: 1585746533; ISBN-13: 978-1585746538. Hardback Hardcover: 306 pages; Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1.00 edition (May 1, 1999); Language: English; ISBN-10: 1558217762; ISBN-13: 978-1558217768. Also available at Antiquarian Tobacciana. E-mail: mailto:email@example.com
The Pipe, by Georges Herment:
"A serious yet diverting treatise on the history of the pipes and all its appurtenances, as well as a factual withal philosophical discussion of the pleasurable art of selecting pipes, smoking, and caring for them". Translated by Arthur L. Hayward. Foreword by Wally Frank, Illustrated by George Poole and Paul Jensen. 1954 and 1955. First Paperback 1963, Simon and Schuster. Check availability at Antiquarian Tobacciana. E-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Book of Pipes and Tobacco by Carl Ehwa, Jr
Random House Inc., New York, NY, USA 1974
Available used on amazon
Hardcover: 239 pages, Publisher: Random House (1973), Language: English, ISBN-10: 0394470001, ISBN-13: 978-0394470009. Check availability at Antiquarian Tobacciana, E-mail: mailto:email@example.com
The Illustrated History of the Pipe (The Pleasures of Life), by Alexis Liebert, Alain Maya
Fabulously illustrated large format book. Available used on amazon Hardcover: 220 pages, Publisher: Harold Starke Publishers (September 26, 1994), ISBN-10: 1872457207, ISBN-13: 978-1872457208. Check availability at Antiquarian Tobacciana, E-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Perfect Pipe, by H. Paul Jeffers
Available used at Amazon
Hardcover: 192 pages; Publisher: Burford Books (December 25, 1998); Language: English; ISBN-10: 1580800653; ISBN-13: 978-1580800655. Check availability at Antiquarian Tobacciana, E-mail: mailto:email@example.com
Pipe, by Robin Crole
Available used at Amazon
Hardcover: 144 pages; Publisher: Prima Lifestyles (October 27, 1999); Language: English; ISBN-10: 0761515070; ISBN-13: 978-0761515074. Check availability at Antiquarian Tobacciana. E-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Carl Weber's The Pleasures of Pipe Smoking, by Carl Weber
Weber's Guide to Pipes & Pipe Smoking , by Carl Weber Available Used at Amazon Paperback; Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Paper) (June 1976); ISBN-10: 0346122392; ISBN-13: 978-0346122390. Check availability at Antiquarian Tobacciana. E-mail: mailto:email@example.com
Museum of Tobacco Art and History Guide Book," by Ben Rapaport (1996). Exquisitely photographed objects in full color once exhibited in the only U.S. museum devoted to antiquarian tobacciana located in Nashville, Tennessee. Six thousand copies (2,000 hard cover w/dust jacket and 4,000 soft cover) were printed by the best printing house in the USA, RR Donnelley & Sons, Co. The book was released as a not-for-commercial-sale book. Now out-of-print. A limited quantity of the hard cover version is available from the author at: Antiquarian Tobacciana. E-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Bibliotheca Nicotiana: A First Catalogue of Books About Tobacco. Collected by William Bragge. 50 copies printed privately in 1874.
Bibliotheca Nicotiana, A Catalogue of Books About Tobacco, together with A Catalogue of Objects connected with The Use of Tobacco In All Its Forms. Collected by William Bragge, F.S.A., Birmingham. This is Bragge's second Opus privately Printed in 1880. The following PDF is #133 of 200 copies. It was digitized by the Internet Archive in 2007 with funding from Microsoft Corporation. Provided to Pipedia courtesy of Mark Preston. Bibliotheca Nicotiana 1880 Catalog
A Portfolio of William Bragge and His Pipes of All Peoples (Herts., 1991). A limited edition album of William Bragge’s drawings published by J. Trevor Barton. Ben Rapaport writes it is "A spectacular panorama illustrating the wide range of pipes that Bragge collected in his lifetime."
Note: For those interested in learning more about William Bragge, Ben Rapaport wrote an article titled “A Few Good Men” for Pipes and Tobacco Magazine (November, 2003). Bragge is a major focus. It is available here by permission: A Few Good Men
In Search of Pipe Dreams, by Rick Newcombe
Available on Audible and iTunes. Audiobook: 12 hours and 38 minutes; Publisher: Sumner Books (Oct. 15, 2013); Language: English; ASIN: B00FWGKCLE.
Stories of pipe smoking's greatest craftspeople intertwine with advice and commentary on pipe craftsmanship worldwide, including tales of the author's visits to Europe's most prestigious pipe makers, a look at pipe smoking's history and the hobby's most famous practitioners.
Still Searching for Pipe Dreams, by Rick Newcombe
Available on Audible and iTunes. Audiobook: 7 hours and 16 minutes; Publisher: Sumner Books (Feb. 21, 2013); Language: English; ASIN: B00BJB6PSA. Still Searching for Pipe Dreams is the second in a series, asking: Why would anyone still smoke a pipe in the 21st century? Why are young people drawn to pipe collecting and artistic pipe making? Why are pipe shows suddenly sold out?
Publications (in print)
The Pipe Collector:
The Newsletter of the North American Society of Pipe Collectors NASPC: North American Society of Pipe Collectors, P.O. Box 9642, Columbus, Ohio 43209-9642
An Official Publication of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association(IPCPR), published since 1970 serving professional cigar, pipe, and tobacco retailers. Lockwood Trade Journal Co., Inc., 3743 Crescent Street, Second Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101 (212) 391-2060, Fax: (212) 827-0945, Email: mailto:email@example.com www.smokeshopmag.com
- Several older issues of Smokeshop have been graciously provided to Pipedia in searchable PDF by Mark Preston. The originals are courtesy of Leo Reyes, the former manager of the original Tinder Box: July 1977, April 1978, September 1981, November 1979, December 1981, and February 1982.
Published since Winter 1995. Looks like it used to have some good articles on pipes. If anyone knows the current status on pipe coverage, please update this. It is quite a "hip" publication. In addition to coverage of cigars, it has plenty of articles on things like cars, wines, liquor, clothes, music, culture and other hedonistic pursuits as well. Lockwood Publications, 3743 Crescent Street, Second Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101; (212) 391-2060, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org www.smokemag.com
Tobacconist Magazine: Official publication of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR). Address: 513 Capitol Court NE, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20002. Phone: (202) 621-8064
Publications (out of print)
Pipes & Tobacco Magazine had a twenty three year run. Published from Winter 1996, and sadly, Spring 2019 was their last issue will. The only magazine to have that long a consecutive run.
Pipes & Tobacco was a quarterly magazine with articles about pipes, pipe manufacturing, custom pipes, and tobaccos. Former address: Pipes and Tobaccos, 5808 Faringdon Place ~ Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27609-3930, USA, Phone: (919) 872-5040, Fax: (919) 876-6531
Pipe Line, Published Quartely by The Pipe Club of Great Britain Ltd (PCGB). Following the formation of the Pipe Club of Great Britain in October 1969, the Pipe Club Of London was formed on 23 February 1970. It was the first club under the parent wing of the PCGB. The last known issue of Pipe Lines was number 57. We have recently obtained searchable PDF versions of two issues thanks to Leo Reyes, the former manager of the original Tinder Box, with an assist from Mark Preston who has scanned them for us:
Pipe Lovers, The Magazine for Men Who Enjoy a Pipe. Pipe Lovers Magazine was published monthly by Cushman Publications, editorial and business offices located at 532 Pine Avenue, Long Beach 12, California. George W. Cushman, owner and Publisher. It was a monthly magazine from January 1946 through April 1950 circulated from Long Beach, CA. The rights of this magazine were sold to Leon Cutler, New York, who changed the name to "The American Smoker." This smaller-format monthly magazine ran from May 1950 through January 1951. We have recently obtained searchable PDF versions of several issues thanks to Leo Reyes, the former manager of the original Tinder Box, with an assist from Mark Preston who has scanned them for us, and an additional issue as noted from John Lawitzke:
- January 1946
- February 1946, Courtesy John Lawitzke
- July 1946
- November 1946
- March 1947
- May 1947
- June 1947
- July 1947
- August 1947
- September 1947
- October 1947
- November 1947
- December 1947
- January 1948
- February 1948
- March 1948
- April 1948
- May 1948
- June 1948
- July 1948
- August 1948
- September 1948
- October 1948
- November 1948
- July 1949
The Pipe Smokers Ephemeris (TPSE), US ISSN 0032-0161: Edited and Published by late great Tom Dunn for 41 years (1964 - Winter-Spring 2005). "The Ephemeris was a limited edition, irregular quarterly for pipe smokers and anyone else who was interested in its contents" and sent to "Coterians" around the World. Tom became a "broken pipe" in December 2005. He had hopes to release yet another issue, and was working away on it, but his health was deteriorating rapidly, and that next issue never materialized.
Editor's note: I regret that I was not aware of the Ephemeris, or The Universal Coterie of Pipe Smokers until recently. I just bought my first and only copy of the Ephemeris (the last issue, Winter - Spring, 2005) from Hermit Tobacco at the MAPS show in Milwaukee. I hope to buy more editions on the used market as I can find and afford them. The last issue has 116 pages of excellent reading. I'm very envious of long time Coterians, especially those who knew Tom personally, or enjoyed regular correspondence with him.
It has recently come to light that one of Tom's last wishes was that the Ephemeris not be revived in any form. Pipedia certainly honors that request. However, if any of the contributors to the Ephemeris would like to re-publish their individual contributions or memories of Tom here, that would be most welcome. SEThile (Pipedia SYSOP).
PipeSmoke Magazine: Released as an insert in SMOKE Magazine (quarterly) from Summer 1997 through Winter 1998/1999 (7 issues). Later issues were online. Keys Technologies (need more information). They still have a website up, but it looks like the last issue was summer 1999: Pipesmoke Website
Pipe Friendly Magazine: J. Galloway Company (need information): Pipe Friendly was dedicated to the "preservation and promotion of the pipe in whatever form." Edited by OoOPS member Joel Farr, this publication was less flashy than some of the others. However, it was full of useful information for smokers and collectors, with articles written by well-known pipe collectors and retailers. Detailed articles about pipe brands appeared in every issue. So did no-holds-barred discussions of pipe smoking/collecting issues. Sometimes, this produced controversy, but PF made up in guts what it may have lacked in glitz. Devotion to the pipe hobby came through in every page of every issue.
Pipe The Worldwide Pipe Smoker's Magazine, Published in the Netherlands in several languages as a semi-annual by subscription. First Semester 1995 through Second Semester 2001 (14 issues)
Pipeman's Quarterly (1980 - 1987). Published by Mark Irwin and a horror novelist friend. 
Pipe Smokers Review, a monthly out of Des Plaines, IL from May 1952 (Vol. 1, No. 1) through August 1952 (Vol. 1, No. 4)
Pipe Smoker, a quarterly magazine that debuted in Spring 1983 and ran through Spring 1988; thereafter, it became a quarterly tabloid, "Pipe Smoker and Tobacciana Trader," until its last issue, July/August/September 1989.
Pipes & Meerschaum, "Printed and Published at the Office of Copes Tobacco Plant, 10 Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, 1893". Ben Rapaport writes the following regarding the Copes pamphlets relevant to pipe smokers (there are 11 on other topics): "In all, Cope’s published 14 such pamphlets, and of these 14, only three pertain to a history of pipes; the other 11 are prose and poetry. These are the exact titles:
- Pipes and Meerschaum. Pipes: A Familiar History. Part The First. American Pipes. Cope’s Smoke Room Booklet Number 9 (Liverpool, 1895)
- Pipes and Meerschaum. Pipes: A Familiar History Part The Second. Pipes. The Pipes of Asia and Africa. Cope’s Smoke Room Booklet Number 11 (Liverpool, 1895)
- Pipes and Meerschaum. Pipes: A Familiar History. Part The Third. Pipes. English and European. Cope’s Smoke Room Booklet Number 12 (Liverpool, 1896)"
Agricultural and Mechanical Gazette Bimonthly tabloid published privately by Neil Murray that began in November 1988 and lasted until 1997 (Vol. 9, Issue 1). We hope to assimilate the bulk of the relevant pipe information from the Gazette into Pipedia articles over time. Meanwhile, Neil has lifted the Dirigible Pirates series from the Agricultural and Mechanical Gazette and polished those stories into a novel - The Dirigible Pirates. Since then he's written Tales from the Black Hart and The Revenge of Dr. Minneapolis St. Paul. (yes she is far more evil than anyone named "Madison") available on Amazon. And he's recently been busy writing new material with four novels published in a series featuring a number of characters who smoke pipes and cigars:See Professor Stanwell Briar on Amazon
Neil has also been scanning the old issues of The Gazette and very kindly sent them to us to post on Pipedia:
- Volume 1: Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4, Issue 5
- Volume 2: Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 4, Issue 5
- Volume 3: Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4
- Volume 4: Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4, Issue 5
- Volume 5: Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4, Issue 5
- Volume 6: Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4, Issue 5
- Volume 7: Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4, Issue 5
- Volume 8: Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4, Issue 5
- Volume 9: Issue 1
Time Magazine Europe article on pipe smoking, Courtesy Neil Murray : Pipe Smoking, A Lifestyle
Tobacco: "The magazine for the British importer, exporter, manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of tobacco circulating in the United Kingdom and in 85 countries overseas. Founded 1881". Published by International Trade Publications Ltd. Several older issues of Tobacco have been graciously provided to Pipedia in searchable PDF by Mark Preston. The originals are courtesy of Leo Reyes, the former manager of the original Tinder Box:
The Compleat Smoker: a quarterly, Vol. 1, Number 1, Summer 1990 through Vol. 2, No. 1, Fall/Holiday 1991 (5 issues)
Pijprokersmagazine: Richard Thiron, BELGIUM (a tabloid for clay pipe collectors)
Max Ridley published a recent journal on the physiological effect of pipe smoking in the under-thirty age group. Findings suggest that libido can be increased upto twenty percent upon regular piping although sensitivity to common household allergens can be twice increased. Number ninety-six of the five-hundred subjects, a pipe entrepreneur named Joseph Nicholas Ebb found smoking five chambers a day, manifested an increased love for cheese. One other bizarre side effect was that of increased sexual deviance.
- An interesting look into tobacco related advertising circa 1910, "TOBACCONISTS' ADVERTISING, A COLLECTION OF SELLING PHRASES, DESCRIPTIONS, AND ILLUSTRATED ADVERTISEMENTS AS USED BY SUCCESSFUL ADVERTISERS, courtesy Google Books, via Mark Preston.
The following articles by Ben Rapaport are now available here in PDF:
- A Reading List for the Pipe Smoker and Pipe Collector (Fall 2018), by Ben Rapaport. A related article appears in Pipes & Tobaccos magazine, Vol. 20, No. 1, Spring 2015 "Writers’ Blocks. A survey of pipe and tobacco literature through time."
- An Historical Review of Reviews: Chronicling A Century of Magazines for the Pipe-Smoking Maven, by Ben Rapaport
- Museums With Interest In Tobacco, Compiled by Ben Rapaport (Winter 2018 -2019)
- You might enjoy listening to Brian Levine's interview with Ben on the Pipes Magazine Radio Show
Pipes in Literature
Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy, My Lady Nicotine by J. M. Barrie, and many other great works prominently feature pipes, pipe smokers, and pipe smoking. Here we hope to eventually compile a list of literature where the pipe plays a major role in character and/or plot development.
Pipe Focused Fiction
Recently we have seen a number of writers from the pipe community contributing pipe focused pieces to various publications. Here we attempt to catalog and where possible archive these stories and essays. Recent contributors have been Marc Monroe Dion, Regis McCafferty, John Seiler, and Professor Stanwell Briar.
Pipes in Art
Pipes have appeared in many beautiful paintings and other works of art, in all forms of media. They have been done by masters, amateurs, and everyone in between.