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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



MAY 7, 202O NEWS ALERT . . . 

Earlier today from New York City, the Independent Publisher Book Awards (aka "IPPYs") announced the winners of its 24th-annual contest for the most outstanding books of 2020. The Peterson Pipe. The Story of Kapp & Peterson, the magnum opus of coauthors Mark Irwin and Gary Malmberg, and published by Briar Books Press, was selected as the gold-medal winner in the category "Best First Book- Non-Fiction." Congratulations Mark and Gary! What a tremendous accomplishment. And as their editor and publisher, I'd like to give special recognition to the book's graphic designer, Marie Irwin. Bravo!

                            Mark Irwin                                                   Gary Malmberg

(The "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, over 5,500 "IPPYs" have been awarded to authors and publishers around the world. IPPY winners enjoy many benefits. As one of the oldest, most established independent book awards in operation, the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) are well known and respected in the book industry.)


The Peterson Pipe. The Story of Kapp & Peterson by Mark Irwin and Gary Malmberg is completed. After a seven-year research, writing, layout, and editing frenzy, the definitive and all encompassing history of Charles Peterson with his patented System pipe is at the printer. Former owner and recently retired 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. The official book launch with presentation and authors' signing is at Chicagoland, May 2019. However, as a courtesy to those not attending the show this year, it is my pleasure to sell you a pre-release copy now. $60
(All EU orders are through PayPal at US$132.75.) SOLD OUT. 

 Latest Publications . . . available for sale right now!

About Smoke. An Encyclopaedia of Smoking, Fifth Edition, by Alfred Dunhill, Ltd., is back in print as a third facsimilie of the original 1928 retail smoker's catalogue. Surely everyone's favorite go-to for exciting pipe reading, this 90th anniversary special edition reprint will be far and away the finest quality pipe-catalogue reprint I've ever attempted. Mastered from one of the very few extant original copies, this edition includes an introduction by longtime collector and Dunhill expert Richard Esserman who explains a lot of what the fifth edition was about. You'll want to update your pipe-book library with this pipe-collector's classic. The official book launch with presentation and signing by Richard Esserman is also at Chicagoland, May 2019. However, as a courtesy to those not attending the show this year, it is my pleasure to sell you a pre-release copy now. $35
(All EU orders are through PayPal at US$64.75.)         

Another relatively recent 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

                                                                                                          photo courtesy pipesmagazine.com            
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