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
The Chicagoland Pipe Show, April 30--May 2, St. Charles, IL, is fast approaching. I'll be there selling the new Rapaport book, Tobacco and Smoking Among the Blue and Gray, and supporting Ben when he makes a presentation on Civil War pipes Friday at 2 o'clock in the MegaCenter. A large number of actual soldiers' pipes from the war will be on display, with some being made available for attendees to hold . . . the finest American pipe folk art ever. An exceedingly rare opportunity to be sure. Ben will be signing and personalizing copies of his book at the end of the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. Take a break from the smoke-filled tent; I guarantee you will be glad you did.
Our Most Recent Publication
This year marks the sesquicentennial of the end of the American Civil War. In celebration of this great period in our American history, I am pleased to accounce that after many years of friendship I am publishing a new literary work from the pen of Ben Rapaport. This will be Ben's eighth book in the realm of pipes, and what a colorful work it will be. Tobacco and Smoking Among the Blue and Gray. The Illustrated History of An American Folk-Art Curiosity. The Civil War Soldier's Tobacco Pipe. Of all his books, this one is pure red, white, and blue all over. In this new book, the American pipeman and history buff will find a great story and photographic history of the way it was for the pipe-smoking soldier on the battlefields, and in the camps and prisons. What they smoked and what they used to smoke it, is the never-before-told story of what has become one of the greatest and most enduring mediums of American folk art from the war: the soldier's hand-carved pipe. Lavishly illustrated with period photographs from the Library of Congress and the finest Civil War pipe collections ever assembled, Rapaport weaves a wonderful story of patriotism, duty, and sacrifice of our pipe-smoking forebears that we can all appreciate and honor. This book will stand as one of the great literary tributes to our early-American history, that which tobacco had played such an important economic and social role. Available immediately!