San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1999. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. First Edition. Octavo, original purple cloth, gilt titles, pictorial image inlaid on front cover. 152 pp. Heavily illustrated with vintage images in black & white and colour throughout. A fine copy, with the publisher's original printed band wrapped around the rear cover. Issued without a dust jacket, so none is present here. Fine. Item #310498
¶ OPIUM will open people's eyes to the bizarre and shocking history of a drug that began with use in religious ceremonies, then raised high hopes as a cure for many ills in Victorian times and was regarded as an embodiment of the romantic East, leading to its horrific consequences today. In her meticulously researched text, Barbara Hodgson delves into the nature and history of opium, focusing on its exotic incarnation as a drug to be smoked. As well as examining its factual history -- in memoirs, science, and travel books -- she explores portrayals of opium use in fiction and film. This beautifully designed and well-written book leaves no doubt that opium deserves its feared place in the pantheon of drugs.