Tobacco, its history and associations : including an account of the plant and its manufacture; with its modes of use in all ages and countries

Collection History

This digital presentation offers a glimpse of the tobacco-related visual resources held by the George Arents Collection on Tobacco; it is inspired by a 1997-1998 exhibition, Tobacco Leaves: Selections from the Collection of George Arents, Jr., organized by Virginia Bartow, Curator of the George Arents Collection.


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, such as the "Lilliputian" prints in this presentation.

Related Resources

Fletcher, H. George. "Indomitable Collector: George Arents, Jr. and The New York Public Library" Biblion: The Bulletin of The New York Public Library 9, no.1/2 (Fall 2000/Spring 2001) p.87-103

NYPL. "Dry Drunk: The Culture of Tobacco in 17th- and 18th-century Europe" (c1997). Organized by Elizabeth Wyckoff, Print Collection. <>

Collection Data

Fairholt, F. W. (Frederick William) (1814-1866) (Author)
Dates / Origin
Place Term: London
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Library locations
George Arents Collection
Shelf locator: Arents 3248
Content : Contents: 7 original drawings, 16 mezzotints, 45 copperplate engravings, 25 charicatures, 7 woodcuts, 11 aquatints, 15 lithographs, 24 etchings, 29 steel engravings, 1 stipple engraving, 6 songs, 36 broadsides (extracts, pamphlets, etc.), 55 tobacco labels, 4 photogravures, 219 portraits, views, cuts of the tobacco plant, pipes, etc.

Content : Extra-illustrated copy.

Content : Full crimson morocco, elaborately gilt-tooling in emblematic designs.

Content : One volume in 2. Inlaid to large folio.

Statement of Responsibility: By F.W. Fairholt [extra-illustrated copy].
Type of Resource
Still image
UUID: a945bb70-c600-012f-7ed6-58d385a7bc34
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