THE ANATOMY OF TOBACCO: or Smoking Methodised, Divided, and Considered after a New Fashion. By Leolinus Silurienses [psuedonym]. Arthur MACHEN, Leolinus Silurienses.
THE ANATOMY OF TOBACCO: or Smoking Methodised, Divided, and Considered after a New Fashion. By Leolinus Silurienses [psuedonym].

THE ANATOMY OF TOBACCO: or Smoking Methodised, Divided, and Considered after a New Fashion. By Leolinus Silurienses [psuedonym].

[London]: Imprinted for George Redway, and to be sold by him at his Shop in York Street, near to Covent Garden. 1884. First Edition, First Impression. Hardcover. Octavo, original cream parchment boards titled on the spine and front panel in brick-red, rear cover blank, all edges untrimmed, pale grey endpapers. 86 pp + [2] pp publisher's ads at rear. The author's first book (preceded by a pamphlet, ELEUSINIA, 1881, of which only one known copy has survived). Foxing to covers, darkening to title leaf (as is common) a few stray marks. There is an old ink inscription on the front free endpaper which states: "An Extremely scarce volume by Arthur Machen", and on the paste down is written T.H. / No. 5817. There is faint evidence of two labels, possibly bookplates, having been neatly removed from the paste-down and another label neatly removed from the verso of the Contents leaf. A very good, sound copy of a scarce book. Danielson, Page 3; Goldstone & Sweetser Item 2a. Very Good. Item #311800

¶ Having moved to London in 1883 at the age of twenty, Machen was simply "trying to make a living". He worked in the "editorial" department of Messrs. Marcus Ward, educational publishers, but left after a month. He then taught a family of small children for twenty-five shillings a week, living on dry bread, green tea, and tobacco in a 10 x 6 foot room in a house in the Clarendon Road. The room had no fireplace, he made the most of his greatcoat and the gas-jet and was virtually without friends. However, he read everything he could get a hold of, and after finding a work on scholastic logic entrancing and thus out of tobacco and logic - his two chief solaces - he wrote "The Anatomy of Tobacco". Machen relates that the book was published 'by an odd accident'. " I was always a dabbler in the occult sciences, and had been re-reading Hargrave Jennings' "The Rosicrucians," a farrago of captivating nonsense. Reading also in Herodotus, I found there an account of certain Egyptian mysteries, and I saw a point that Jennings might have made in his mad argument and wrote to him about it. He gave my address to his publisher, George Redway, and Redway sent me his publication list, which contained some books dealing with tobacco; and thus I was moved to send the MS. of "The Anatomy" to Redway." Not only did Redway publish the book, they also gave Machen a job cataloguing their stock of rare occult books and manuscripts.

Price: $300.00