limited edition of only 2,500 copies
- The first book devoted to 20th century estate pipes
- Limited edition — only 2,500 copies — a book
destined to become as collectable as the pipes it describes
- Hundreds of exclusive facts on Dunhill, Barling, Charatan,
Sasieni, Peterson, Comoy’s, GBD, Castello, Kaywoodie,
Demuth, Custombilt, Marxman and more!
- The only authenticated Dunhill dating guide.
- Chapters on Christmas and Limited Edition pipes
- Collector’s Compendium of every pipe brand in the world
- Pipe values * Counterfeits * Buying on and off the internet
- Pipe Collector’s Sourcebook
BOOK ON OLD PIPES
TURNS WOOD INTO GOLD
Stop! Before you toss Uncle Charlie’s
smelly old pipes in the trash, you’d better read Rare Smoke
—The Ultimate Guide To Pipe Collecting by America’s
smokemeister, Richard Carleton Hacker. That charred old hunk of
wood may be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Just
as the author’s The Ultimate Pipe Book rekindled pipesmoking
in 1984 and his The Ultimate Cigar Book helped start cigarmania
in 1993, Rare Smoke is the world’s first look at the growing
trend of collecting pre-smoked pipes.
“Actually, they’re more politely
referred to as estate pipes,” said Hacker, who has been
called America’s most politically incorrect author because
of his extensive writings on tobacco and whiskies. “It may
seem a bit bizarre to pay hundreds of dollars for a pipe that
someone else has smoked, but we think nothing of purchasing antique
silverware and china plates with which someone else has eaten.
It’s all a matter of perspective.”
A simple glance at some of the prices on eBay
for a “white spot” Dunhill made prior to World War
II or a cased set of pipes carved from 200 year old Algerian briar
confirm the validity of Hacker’s observations, as chronicled
in Rare Smoke.
Another reason for the growing interest in estate
pipe collecting is a burst of nostalgia.
“The briar pipe meets all the qualifications:
it is retro, elegant, handmade, and represents a pastime under
attack by bureaucrats. Thus, these endangered symbols of security
have suddenly become ‘hot’ collectibles.”
Rare Smoke is a limited edition destined to
become as collectable as the pipes it describes. Fifty Author’s
Proofs sold out at $150 a copy and after the 2,500 remaining books
are gone, Vol. 1 of Rare Smoke will not be reprinted.
Just as Sir Walter Raleigh proved to Queen Elizabeth
that he could guess the weight of smoke, Hacker has done the patron
saint of pipesmoking and the ancient alchemists one better by
turning charred wood into gold, with the publication of Rare Smoke.
Rare Smoke—The Ultimate Guide To Pipe
© 1999 Autumngold Publishing; Hardcover, Limited Edition,
265 pages, over 165 black & white and color photos. $37.50