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 current list (Fall of 2016) is available here in PDF format: A Reading List for the Pipe Smoker and Pipe Collector.
Ben Rapaport also offers select titles through his Antiquarian Tocacciana newsletter, and can be reached at mailto:email@example.com
Books (in print)
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
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
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
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
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org and available new and used at Amazon
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.
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.
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
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 the author (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)
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, 9831 Highland Glen Place, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920, USA. E-mail: mailto:email@example.com
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, 9831 Highland Glen Place, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920, USA. E-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
"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, 9831 Highland Glen Place, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920, USA. E-mail: mailto:email@example.com
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, 9831 Highland Glen Place, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920, USA. E-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 9831 Highland Glen Place, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920, USA. E-mail: mailto:email@example.com
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, 9831 Highland Glen Place, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920, USA. E-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 9831 Highland Glen Place, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920, USA. E-mail: mailto:email@example.com
Available used at Amazon. Hardcover; Publisher: Ridge Press (1965); ASIN: B000IANCXY. Check availability at Antiquarian Tobacciana, 9831 Highland Glen Place, Colorado Soprings, Colorado, 80920, USA. E-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 9831 Highland Glen Place, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920, USA. 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, 9831 Highland Glen Place, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920, USA. E-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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)
Pipes & Tobacco Magazine: A quarterly magazine with articles about pipes, pipe manufacturing, custom pipes, and tobaccos. Pipes and Tobaccos, 5808 Faringdon Place ~ Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27609-3930, USA, Phone: (919) 872-5040, Fax: (919) 876-6531
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
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)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).
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)
"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.
"Pipe Lovers," 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.
Pipe Smoking, A Lifestyle
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 tobacco 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.
The following articles by Ben Rapaport are now available here in PDF:
- A Reading List for the Pipe Smoker and Pipe Collector, by Ben Rapaport (Fall 2016). 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 (Fall 2006)
- 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, and John Seiler.
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.