The Beauties and Deformities of Tobacco-Using; or Its Ludicrous and Its Solemn Realities.: Coles, L... The Beauties and Deformities of Tobacco-Using; or Its Ludicrous and Its Solemn Realities.: Coles, L... The Beauties and Deformities of Tobacco-Using; or Its Ludicrous and Its Solemn Realities.: Coles, L...

The Beauties and Deformities of Tobacco-Using; or Its Ludicrous and Its Solemn Realities.

Coles, L. B.

Published by Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1851
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An early treatise on the dangers and addictiveness of tobacco. 8vo. 18 by 11.5 cm. 167 pp. The work demonstrates that the health issues presented by tobacco use were not lately discovered in the mid-twentieth century. Marring this treatise, unfortunately, is its theological or missionary dimension, entirely in keeping with the spirit of the times but diluting the science Coles is purporting to convey. The topic of sin, for example, has no place in a scientific work, but one finds it here. Also, Coles makes plenty of specious arguments about the toxicity of tobacco that do not address the actual dangers, as when he speaks at length about the lethal-ness of tobacco oils in concentrated form. These arguments are intended to alarm the reader, but they are not really germane to the issues raised by how tobacco is actually consumed by humans. Notwithstanding these drawbacks, Coles counts as a pioneer in calling tobacco a narcotic, and while he doesn't make a concrete connection of tobacco use to specific cancers or heart disease, he does correctly get at the sweeping health issues tobacco poses and one can say his intuition about the health problems was mostly right and unquestionably an advance in the overall understanding of tobacco. Interestingly, Coles also speaks of health benefits to tobacco, some speculative and wrong and others not without some basis. Some of his observations will come across as outright peculiar to readers today; these observations attest to a different cultural relationship with tobacco then as opposed to now. For instance, he expresses an appreciation of the sense of luxury the aroma of tobacco can render. Scattered light foxing. The binding is slightly cocked. Overall, a handsome copy. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Beauties and Deformities of ...
Publisher: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields
Publication Date: 1851
Binding: Blindstamped Cloth
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

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Book Description Ticknor & Fields, Boston, Massachusetts, 1855. Hardcover. 'Harold H. Davis, Oct. 1906' on blank. Anatomy, digestion, diet, to parents, educators, professionals, laborers, sleep, bathing, amusements, affection, moral, social law, reproduction, disease, erroneous appetities, psychology. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1855. 312 + 144 pages. Frontispiece of Adam with strategic shrubbery, 15 plates of anatomy, posture, tight lacing. 7.75 x 4.75", gold & blind stamped black cloth. Sewing broken 1 place, loose, edges frayed, some foxing, fair. Sewing broken 1 place, loose, edges frayed, some foxing, fair. Bookseller Inventory # 70640

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Book Description Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1854. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. Thick small 8vo, original cloth, extremities worn, 312; 144pp. ATWATER/HOOLIHAN 711-721, citing a variety of editions and printings of both these titles. A good+ copy. Bookseller Inventory # C194/140

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Book Description Ticknor & Fields, Boston, 1855. Hardcover. 'March 14th 1857, Reuel O. Moulton, Sweden, Me' on blank. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1855. 312 + 144 pages. Frontispiece of Adam with strategic shrubbery, 15 plates of anatomy, posture, tight lacing. 7.75 x 4.75", gold & blind stamped black cloth. Edges frayed, text tanned, bit shaken, G. Edges frayed, text tanned, bit shaken, G. Bookseller Inventory # 19036

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Book Description 1853. Book Condition: Good. Boston 1853 Ticknor, Reed & Fields. Thirty Fifth Thousand. 2 titles bound in one. 12mo., 288pp., 144pp., gilt printed brown cloth hardcover. Good, occasional light soiling or spotting in text, spine ends lightly frayed, corners worn. Bookseller Inventory # a69415

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