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A curious history of tobacco

[GAVELLI, Niccolo].
Storia distinta, e curiosa del tabacco concernente la sua scoperta, la introduzione in Europa, e la maniere di coltivarlo,...
Pesaro, Niccolo Gavelli, 1758. 8vo. With the title-page in first issue with “copiosa” (for “curiosa”) corrected with a slip reading “cur” pasted over the first three letters. Contemporary gold-tooled calf.
€ 1,500
First edition, first issue, of a clear and curious history of tobacco, discussing its discovery, its introduction into Europe, and the method of cultivating, preserving and preparing it for use, with other very good and useful observations concerning the same. The preface announces that this book is being issued to provide practical as well as general information on tobacco at a time when it could be freely cultivated within the papal territories.
It gives the usual historical and botanical details together with advice on tobacco farming. It provides essential information about the cultivation of tobacco, its nomenclature, the kinds grown in the Americas, manufacture of rolls, methods of planting practised in Virginia and Maryland, various simple phases of agronomics, construction of drying-sheds, the proper means of curing tobacco (as carried on in Virginia and Maryland), packaging of and containers for tobacco, the methods of cultivation in vogue in France and Persia and, at some length, an account of the process of manufacturing snuff in Italy. There is, as well, a record of the prices of various kinds of tobacco under the late monopoly, the commerce in this commodity, current rates in Amsterdam, and the import and export duties established in Holland. The concluding section deals with the remedial virtues of tobacco, with references to the usual and lesser-known authorities.
Front hinge weak. A fine and clean copy of a history of tobacco.
Arents 816 (cf. also 817, the 2nd ed.); Pritzel 3540.
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