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Briar Books Press offers fine books for the pipeman, be he a smoker or a collector. We deal in new works and reprints of old works from the public domain that you won't be able to locate elsewhere. Click on the above tabs to navigate from book to book. If you have a question about any of the current selection, please email me at the "Contact the Publisher" tab. Your complete reading satisfaction is my bond to you.
                                                                        --Gary B. Schrier, Pipeman & Publisher





 
Latest and Forthcoming Publications      

My current release is a facsimile copy of a circa 1910 Barling Bros. pipe catalogue. A few years ago I connected with Barling pipe aficionado Jesse Silver of Burbank. He digitally remastered an original relic of the period. In a new, previously unpublished eight-page introduction to the catalog, Jesse states that until he had discovered this copy of Barling's Briar Pipes, "one of the most respected authorities on pipes and their history declared categorically that no such catalogue had ever existed." So much for experts. It's a lovely find, so much the better with Jesse's erudite insight into Barling during that period. I'm most pleased to add yet another pipe-catalogue facsimile from the wonderful British pipe-making era of our smoking reveries. $20

A far different effort is still underway with another pipe-company history in that of Peterson of Dublin. For the past eight-odd years Mark Irwin and Gary Malmberg have been chipping away on a manuscript for a book, that when it's published, will be known as The Peterson Pipe, the Story of Kapp & Peterson. So how far along is the effort? is a question I field regularly from the many "Pete Nuts" in Pipedom. Very far along. In fact, as the book-building process goes, excitingly near the finish line. We can't smell printer's ink or feel the smoothness of the text, but using a baseball analogy, the entire work is rounding third base. Editing is somewhere around 90 percent complete. Layout of the fifteen chapters and two appendixes--some 350 pages, gorgeously crafted by Marie Irwin, is completed. What's left to do? A third and final global edit, a dustjacket design, and then it's off to a professional indexer. I hasten to add that owner and CEO of Peterson, Tom Palmer, has written a very heartfelt foreword to introduce the work. And no stranger to the American pipe collector, pipeman and author of several pipe books, Rick Newcombe has penned a prelude that truly portrays why Peterson is such a fine smoking instrument and collectible still after some 150 years of continuous production. An official release and book signing at Chicagoland 2019 is not out of the realm of possibilities. $TBA

Dunhill. Surely everyone's favorite go-to for exciting pipe reading. Much like Jesse Silver's discovery of his rare Barling catalogue, I, too, was blessed when I was approached by a woman in Edinburgh who wanted to know if I was interested in this old pipe catalogue of her late grandfather's  effects. The catalogue turned out to be none other than Dunhill's most elaborate and famous pipe and tobacco and smoker's requisites catalogue, that being the 1928 fifth edition About Smoke, An Encyclopaedia of Smoking. Of course, customers to Briar Books Press know that I published a facsimile of this catalogue many years ago (and now out of print), but let me tell you why this next printing is going to be materially different. The early print runs of the facsimile were, shall I say, based on a less-than perfect digital master. An original fifth-edition catalogue is perhaps as rare as the Silver c. 1910 Barling catalogue. Save one distinguished collector who has seen one, I know of no extant original. Before my first reprints came on the pipe scene, what people had were Xerox copies of the fifth edition produced by Barry Levin. To reproduce something of high quality, one must strive for the best possible original to master from (and to print, not to photocopy). The Edinburgh copy is about as fresh and unused a copy as a ninety-year-old piece of what was truly no more than sales literature in its day can be. Too, having an original answers questions about binding and cover, text or stock, and other ancillaries such as inserts and wraps. If you have a first or second facsimile printing by me, let alone an old Xerox and comb-binding copy from Levin, you'll want to update your pipe-book library with what I'm certain will be far and away the finest quality pipe-catalogue reprint I've ever attempted. Chicagoland 2019? A distinct possibility. $TBA          

 

                                                                                                          photo courtesy pipesmagazine.com            
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