Guide to the Research Collections

- SECTION -- IV -- THE PURE AND APPLIED SCIENCES
- 60 -- ARENTS TOBACCO COLLECTION
- ARENTS TOBACCO PUBLICATIONS

ARENTS TOBACCO PUBLICATIONS

The library has published the Arents Tobacco Collection series of books on the history or lore of tobacco, primarily facsimiles of significant, and often amusing, manuscripts in the collection, beginning with A Few Words about Pipes, Smoking, & Tobacco (1947).

The contents of the collection are described in a catalog compiled by Jerome E. Brooks entitled Tobacco: Its History Illustrated by the Books, Manuscripts and Engravings in the Library of George Arents, Jr.2 A continuing supplement to that catalog has been issued; in all, ten parts of the supplement, entitled Tobacco: A Catalogue of the Books, Manuscripts and Engravings Acquired Since 1942, have appeared since 1958.3 Items in both the catalog and its supplement are arranged chronologically, commencing with the earliest work held in the collection, Waldseemüller's Cosmographiae introductio (1507). This supplemented catalog has been the public source of information about the collection; cards for the Arents Tobacco Collection do not appear in the Public Catalog. In the future, entries for new acquisitions will appear in the Dictionary Catalog of The Research Libraries.