My Lady Nicotine. A study in smoke
J.M. Barrie. Boston: Joseph Knight Co., 1896 (© 1895).
First American edition of one of the great classics of smoking literature, in a beautiful decorated publisher’s binding. This ode to the incomparable joys of tobacco was written by Barrie, best known as the creator of Peter Pan; the humorous tales of the pleasures and pitfalls of dedicated smoking are recounted by one who has married and “quit” but still dreams of the bachelor days with pipe, the cigarette, and the cigar, all three. Here they are for the first time illustrated by American Impressionist painter Maurice B. Prendergast, who supplied a profusion of winsome, smoke-wreathed sketches and scenes for this, one of only two books he illustrated himself.