New York: Cigar Institute of America Inc., 1942.
Mark von Arenburg.
A book on the business of being a good cigar merchant. Provides a detailed history of the cigar industry with chapters on how tobacco is grown in Cuba, Sumatra and the US. There are portfolios of pictures on the making of handmade cigars, smoking portraits of famous musicians, movie stars, writers and statesmen and a collection of interesting and amusing anecdotes about cigars. 'How can I tell that my temper would have been as sweet or my companionship as agreeable if in my youth I had adjured from the Goddess of Nicotine? Now that I think of it, if I had not turned back to get that match-box which I left behind in my dugout in Flanders, I might have walked into that shell which pitched so harmlessly a hundred yards ahead? Here I will pause, unrepentant, and light another cigar.'.Item #1331
First edition, oblong octavo, paper-covered pictorial boards, 160 pages, illustrated with hundreds of photographs and sketches, slight rubbing on spine. An attractive copy. Scarce.