Snuff Books & Literature
Below are a selection of snuff related books and literature. They are listed in no particular order.
Snuff books generally tend to be either old ‘descriptive’ types actually about snuff taking, or new ‘collectors’ types, generally aimed at snuff box and snuff bottle collectors.
To save you time, each snuff book title below is hyperlinked to a webpage listing the actual book, please scroll through and click the book title to open a new window to view the book. Please be aware, that many of the below books are long out of print and will only be available second-hand.
You could also try the ebay snuff category and then refine your search when you get to their site by clicking the relevant links on the left of the page when you arrive.
Last but not least, for more difficult to find snuff books, you could try searching Biblio and typing ’snuff’ in their search option. They have a wide range, generally sent direct from book shops and antique book shops.
If you know of any other snuff books or literature, please contact us using the form on Snuff Store’s home page, or leaving a comment on our news pages.
Snuff - Bourne, Ursula. Published 1990. Available new and used. Snuff traces the history of snuff and snufftaking, at its peak in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, explains how snuff was processed and describes snuffboxes and other collectables associated with snuff taking.
Snuff Shop: Fribourg & Treyer - Arlott, John. Published 1974. Available second hand.
Snuff, Yesterday and Today - Shepherd, Cecil William. Published 1963. Available second-hand.
The Old Snuff House of Fribourg & Treyer at the Rasp & Crown 1720-1920 - Evans, George. Published in 1921. Rarely available second-hand. George Evans was a senior partner of the snuff firm of Fribourg & Treyer.
A Lyttel Parcell Of Poems And Parodyes In Prayse Of Tobacco, Contayning Divers Concited Ballades, And Pithie Sayings. An Odd Volume For Smokers - Walter Hamilton. Privately published in 1889. Poems And Parodies In Praise Of Tobacco is a rare treasure, only 501 copies have ever been printed of this book. 151 presentation copies and 350 for public sale. It has a section on snuff and is a wonderful little book. It is printed on hand made paper. Very rare, if you see a copy of Poems And Parodies In Praise Of Tobacco, snap it up. I have seen one of the 151 presentation copies for sale recently. I’ve fortunately managed to get hold of one of the 350 copies originally sold to the public… My copy is not for sale!
A Pinch-Of Snuff; Composed Of Curious Particulars And Original Anecdotes Of Snuff Taking; As Well As A Review Of Snuff, Snuff-Boxes, Snuff-Shops, Snuff-Takers, And Snuff-Papers; With The Moral And Physical Effects Of Snuff - Dean Snift (pseud. Earle B. Hill). Published in 1840. I have been fortunate enough to have obtained a copy of A Pinch Of Snuff. My copy is worn out and dog eared… I love it! This book rarely comes up for sale. If you see a copy, buy it. I’ve posted about A Pinch Of Snuff on the news blog a few times. I intend to continue doing so. I never fail to gain pleasure when reading this book - my copy is not for sale.
Smoke Rings And Roundelays, blendings from prose and verse since Raleigh’s time, selected and annotated by Wilfred Partington; with woodcuts by Norman Janes - Wilfred Partington. Published 1924. Smoke Rings And Roundelays was originally published in hardback in 1924 and was re-published in paperback in 2006. Both versions are available, with the original hardback version being readily available second hand and the paperback from new. A wonderful collection of prose and verse on the joys of smoking, tobacco, pipes and snuff etc, since Raleigh’s time. Contents include: History. - Tobacco. - Pipe Songs and Fancies. - Woman and the Weed. - Some Great Pipemen. - Cigars. - Cigarettes. - Snuff. - Virtues of the leaf. - Parodies. - Pipe Varieties. - Tobacco and Books. - Philosophy of Smoke. - Recipes and Hints. - Smoking Accessories. - Bibliography.
Tobacco, Snuff Boxes and Pipes - Libert, Lutz. Published 1986. Available new and second-hand.
Tobacco Culture - Smith, Guy N. Published 1977. DIY guide on tobacco growing with a ‘make your own snuff’ section. Usually avaliable new and second-hand.
Snuff Boxes - Blakemore, Kenneth. Published 1976. Usually available.
Snuff And Snuff Boxes - McCausland, Hugh. Published 1951. Usually available.
English Snuff Boxes - Hughes, G Bernard. Published 1971. Usually Available.
European and American Snuff Boxes - Le Corbeiller, Clare. Published 1966. Usually available.
Kendal Brown: The History of Kendal’s Tobacco and Snuff Industry - Dunderdale, William. Usually available. This book tells the story of how tobacco was landed at Whitehaven port and brought by pack horse over the fells to Kendal, which had over 40 water powered mills. Three firms are paramount in this industry - Samuel Gawith & Co., Illingworth’s and Gawith, Hoggart & Co. They all play an integral part in the town’s history.
For Smokers Only: How Smokeless Tobacco Can Save Your Life - Rodu, Brad. Politically incorrect book, as governments funded by the pharmasutical companies would rather smokers spend their money on NRT, rather than other more healthy forms of tobacco use.
All About Snuff And Snuff Taking - Tobacconist’s handbook that’s rarely available, if it is snap a copy up. Published 1964 by the now defunct Society of Snuff Grinders, Blenders & Purveyors..
Wooden Bygones Of Smoking And Snuff Taking - Pinto, Edward H. Out of print. Published 1961. Usually available.