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A TOKEN OF ELEGANCE: CIGARETTE HOLDERS IN VOGUE. Martin Barnes Lorber and Rebecca McNamara. Officina Libraria, Milan, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Antique Collectors' Club, New York. 192 pp. 25 x 24 cm. ISBN 9788897737629 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: The book offers an unprecedented look at cigarette holders through a selection of approximately 125 pieces from the collection of Carolyn Hsu-Balcer and Rene Balcer. Its introductory essay is both a social history of that world-changing leaf, tobacco, and a design history of its accoutrements. It examines the history of smoking from its pre-Columbian roots in the Americas through to the present-day worldwide e-cigarette craze, taking the reader on a journey from tobacco smoking as a sacred ritual, through the controversies of its worldwide spread, and the machine-rolled cigarette's role in the world wars and as a tool for European and American women's equality. Following the illustrated essay is a luxurious catalogue of newly commissioned, photography that makes these diminutive objects pop off the pages with brilliant color and form. The collection includes cigarette holders in their simplest incarnations - the disposable promotional holders given away at trendy New York nightclubs - to their most exquisite - the work of Faberge, Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, and other renowned jewelers of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 168019
Hardcover $50.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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