“Tobacco, True Spell of the Underworld”

contenant les mauvaises Qualitez du Petun, qui bat en ruine le Corps Humain. Compose par un Insigne Fumeur de ce Temps. Piece Academique.

7 pp. 8vo (225 x 160 mm.), attractive antique red morocco backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: N. Asseline, 1660.

First and only edition of this very rare French ode to tobacco. “The author presents, in verse, a most disturbing picture of the effects of smoking: the hearts as well as the brains of smokers become black, and tobacco addicts are lost spiritually and physically. The author himself, formerly an inveterate smoker has, at the last minute, been saved from the abyss by a certain good influence, which he neglects to specify. He is now using the solitude and safety of his present retreat to write this warning.”–Arents 275.

Fine copy of a quite curious poem. We find no record of this work in WorldCat.

Price: $2,500.00

Item ID: 6419

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