The intriguing Design of Tobacco Pipes

B.R. Goes

Twenty-five centuries separate the oldest tobacco pipes from pre-Columbian Ecuador and the pipes of today, spanning a period of ever changing variety in the design of pipes throughout the world. Such variety has enabled collectors to build their collections according to their own predilections and ideas, and they have done so with obvious pleasure and delight. This is exemplified by some collections introduced in this book, of which the collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is undoubtedly the most prestigeous even on a world wide scale. This rich and varied museum collection has provided a wealth of objects illustrating twenty-five centuries of the art of smoking. Therefore the book also functions as a catalogue of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum.

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The art historian Benedict Goes accompanies the reader on an imaginary trip around the world, visiting numerous people and countries. He describes the pipes in all their variety of material, design, and usage. The full-colour illustrations complement this fascinating panorama of the cultural phenomenon of pipe smoking found all over the world.

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Al ideal gift for pipe smokers as a cultural introduction and for collectors as a source book for all sorts of pipes.


Publisher: Amsterdam Pipe Museum, Pijpenkabinet Foundation, Amsterdam, 1993

ISBN 90-70849-19-4

80 pages, size 26 x 22 cm, hardcover

119 photos

Price € 15 (excluding P&P)