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Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings is an incredibly comprehensive and informative book that delves deep into the world of tobacco. While lacking a captivating title, this text proves to be an invaluable resource for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of one of the world's most widely consumed products.

Billings leaves no stone unturned as he takes readers on a journey through the history of tobacco from its indigenous roots to its global spread and subsequent cultural impact. The author's research is meticulous, providing readers with a wealth of knowledge on the various varieties of tobacco, their cultivation, and their significance in different regions across the globe.

One of the standout features of this book is its focus on the cultural and social implications of tobacco. Billings masterfully explores the complex relationship between tobacco and societies throughout history, shedding light on its role in rituals, economy, trade, and even the political landscape of different eras. These insights add depth and intrigue to the narrative, making it an engaging read that goes beyond a simple historical account.

Moreover, the author's expertise in the manufacturing and commerce aspects of tobacco becomes apparent as he guides readers through the intricate processes involved in its production. From the initial growth stages to the manufacturing techniques employed by various countries, Billings provides a detailed analysis that allows readers to fully appreciate the craftsmanship and effort behind this age-old product.

While the title may not be the most captivating aspect of the book, the content more than makes up for it. Billings' writing style is engaging, and his passion for the subject is palpable throughout. The inclusion of illustrations and photographs further enriches the reading experience, offering visual aids that complement the text and facilitate a better understanding of the subject matter.

That being said, it is important to note that this book is not a light read. It is a dense, encyclopedic text that requires genuine interest and dedication to fully appreciate. Some readers may find the level of detail overwhelming, but for those eager to delve deeply into the world of tobacco, this book is an absolute treasure trove.

In conclusion, Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings is a comprehensive, well-researched exploration of tobacco that leaves no aspect of the subject untouched. Despite its bland title, the book excels in providing readers with an immersive experience into the history, cultural significance, and manufacturing intricacies surrounding this often-controversial commodity.

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[Transcriber's note: Obvious printer's errors have been corrected, all other inconsistencies are as in the original. The author's spelling has been maintained.

Page 62 63: The part between = obviously did not belong in that place and has been removed, "From this time forward the Plantation seemed to prosper, Charles granted lands to all the planters and adventurers who would till them, upon paying the annual sum of two shillings payable to the crown for each hundred acres. =direction, appointing the governor and council himself, and= Before the death of King James, however, the cultivation of tobacco had become so extensive that every other product seemed of but little value in comparison with it, and the price realized from its sale being so much greater than that obtained for "Corne," the latter was neglected and its culture almost entirely abandoned."

Page 115: The verse "And can but end with time;" was missing and has been added.]









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