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The Legend of the Lighter

Van Weert, Ad; Van Weert, Alice; Bromet, Joop

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ISBN 10: 1558598545 / ISBN 13: 9781558598546
Published by Abbeville, NY, 1995
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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192pp. Color illus. Bibliography, Index. Remainder mark, otherwise Fine oversized hardback/Fine DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 2811

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Title: The Legend of the Lighter

Publisher: Abbeville, NY

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st.

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One of the foundations of civilization as we know it is the ability to make and transport fire. Ever since our cave-dwelling ancestors rubbed sticks and stones together, humankind has pursued a quest for an efficient and reliable fire-making device - a quest that has inspired some of the most innovative inventions in history. The Legend of the Lighter traces this fascinating journey from the fire steels of the ancient world to the tinderboxes of the seventeenth century up to the modern cigarette lighter, which is featured here in an astonishing variety of designs.
Drawn from the unparalleled collection of the Dutch Lighter Museum Foundation, the numerous unique, distinctive, and whimsical lighters reproduced here chart the voyage of the lighter from an important scientific discovery to a treasured collector's item. Along the way, we learn about the history of the pipe, the popularization of smoking, and the growth of today's global marketplace, as well as other significant events and wondrous inventions that have played a role in the history of the lighter.

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Ad van Weert is the director of the Dutch Lighter Museum Foundation in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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