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TOBACCO, PIPES AND SMOKING CUSTOMS OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS (2 Volumes, 1934)

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TOBACCO, PIPES AND SMOKING CUSTOMS OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS (2 Volumes, 1934)

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TOBACCO, PIPES AND SMOKING CUSTOMS OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS (2 Volumes, 1934)

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West, George A. (Edited by S.A. Barrett, and Ira Edwards). Tobacco, Pipes and Smoking Customs of the American Indians (2 Large Volumes). Milwaukee. Public Museum of the City of Milwaukee (Board of Trustees). 1934. 

First Edition. Being Volume XVII of the Bulletin of the Public Museum of the City of Milwaukee. In original wrappers. 4to. Two large volumes. 994 total pages, with 257 full page black and white plates, 17 figures, and 19 maps. Part 1 contains the main text plus an index. Part two contains the plates, each with descriptive tissue guards. Several pages in the first volume remained unopened. A couple of small spots to spine of volume 1, light corner crease to back cover (and last few pages) of volume 2. Very light edge wear. A VERY GOOD TO NEAR FINE SET.

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The text in part 1 discusses the historic discovery of tobacco and its spread over the world; the botany of the plant, with a map indicating aboriginal use of the several species; and a discussion of usage by the American Indian. This is followed by the author's exhaustive classification of smoking tubes and pipes, comprising some thirty distinctive types; and a consideration of pipe materials and methods of manufacture, based on personal experimentation. In addition to the usual index, the author has provided finding lists based on localities, collectors, and collections. The illustrations are numerous and acceptably good, as are the maps, particularly those indicating distribution of tubes, pipes and other smoking devices. Students of the material evidences of the use of tobacco in America will have noted therein apparent evolution, from south to north, of aboriginal smoking methods: in the extreme south, tobacco leaves merely rolled together, cigar-like; proceeding northward, the cigarette, with wrapper of maize, palm, or material other than tobacco; cane or reed cigarette tubes; stone smoking tubes, straight and curved; and, lastly, the conventional tobacco pipe, in its many types. The story of tobacco has not been accorded the attention which it merits; and aside from McGuirels early treatise and such brief studies as those of Laufer, Linton, Mason and some others, little had been published up to the time of this publication. It is hard to imagine a more detailed account of American Indian smoking customs than what is presented within these two volumes.