Sherlock Holmes As A Pipe Smoker
October 22nd, 2015 by Aldouspi

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Numerous general references to Holmes' cigar, cigarette, and pipe smoking habits have been published in the past. In addition, a few thoroughly researched articles on single aspects of Holmes' pipes or tobaccos are available. This monograph, in contrast, presents a complete analysis of all pipe smoking references relating to Sherlock Holmes, as given in the fifty-six short stories and four novels of the canon, as well as in its original illustrations. By original illustrations we mean illustrations for first English editions. References to Holmes' tobacco consumption using cigarettes, cigars, and snuff tobacco are not discussed. In addition, references to pipe smoking of persons other than Sherlock Holmes in the canon, except for Dr. Watson's "Arcadia" tobacco mixture which Holmes smoked at least once, are not examined. Based on the strict definition given above, 62 text references in regard to pipes and 19 text references in regard to tobacco in 42 cases of the canon, as well as 22 original illustrations of 19 cases, have been identified. Our search has been done manually without any computer-aided search tools. However, all references have been double checked with relevant internet search engines. Our analysis of these references is divided into four parts: pipes, tobaccos, place and daily time of smoking. For all references to pipes in the original illustrations showing a sufficient clear picture of a specified pipe, a close existing pipe model is presented. For the reader's convenience, all pipe-related references in the canon's text and its original illustrations are listed in the appendix. Tobacco smoking was introduced to England by colonist captains and sailors during the second half of the sixteenth century. They brought with them pipes, tobacco seeds and plants, as well as finished products, thus making tobacco smoking more widely known in English society. Several monographs and articles discussing tobacco smoking can be found in the Victorian era. These treatises on tobacco culture and fashion, also frequently referred to in contemporary popular novels, made tobacco smoking more popular among the growing middle- and lower class in English society. During the historical period in which the Sherlock Holmes tales are set, pipe smoking was already well established.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing (August 19, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780928009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780928005
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Sherlock Holmes, Pipes and Tobacco in Canon

 on January 8, 2017
By L. A. Adolf
A great book on Sherlock Holmes and his pipes and use of tobacco! It always seemed so eccentric reading the Holmes stories, that the Great Detective stored his tobacco in a Persian slipper; reading this monograph, I learned after 50 years of avid Sherlockian interest that such were sold for this very purpose back in Holmes's day! A single persian slipper!

Ash and dottle

 on March 5, 2016
By James E. Vetrovec
Great reference material. In detail study of Holmes as a pipe smoker. A must for Holmes fans and pipe fans.

Pipes and Sherlock

 on January 20, 2016
By Luckyk
My husband is a pipe smoker and Sherolk fan, he was thrilled to receive this book

A great read for anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes!

3 people found this helpful.
 on September 23, 2015
By marty ludlum
Excellent work on the beloved character Sherlock Holmes. Instead of examining the mystery stories, this book discusses Sherlock Holmes and his constant companion, his pipe. The text is filled with well-organized details of the tobacco use of Mr. Holmes in his many adventures. A great read for anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes. Filled with many reproductions of the artwork from early stories, the book is an essential tool for all those interested in the history of Sherlock Holmes. Lots of references for the academic study of Sherlock Holmes as a character!

A really fun book to read!

3 people found this helpful.
 on October 3, 2015
By xrayguy
Anybody who has ever read the Sherlock Holmes mysteries knows that there were two constant companions of the great sleuth, Dr. Watson and his tobacco pipe. This book covers in detail the pipes and tobacco that Holmes enjoyed throughout his fictional lifetime. If you enjoy the stories you will also enjoy the simplicity and straightforward facts that are laid out by the writer. To put it simply, I really enjoyed this book and would suggest this to anyone who is a fan of the series.

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