HISTORY, VARIETIES, CULTURE,
MANUFACTURE AND COMMERCE,
AN ACCOUNT OF ITS VARIOUS
MODES OF USE, FROM ITS FIRST DISCOVERY UNTIL NOW.
E. R. BILLINGS.
With Illustrations by Popular
the discovery of tobacco it has been the favorite theme
of many writers, who have endeavored to shed new light
on the origin and early history of this singular plant.
Upwards of three hundred volumes have been written,
embracing works in nearly all of the languages of
Europe, concerning the herb and the various methods of
using it. Most writers have confined themselves to the
commercial history of the plant; while others have
written upon its medicinal properties and the various
modes of preparing it for use. For this volume the
Author only claims that it is at least a more
comprehensive treatise on the varieties and cultivation
of the plant than any work now extant. A full account of
its cultivation is given, not only in America, but also
in nearly all of the great tobacco-producing countries
of the world. The history of the plant has been
carefully and faithfully compiled from the earliest
authorities, that portion which relates to its early
culture in Virginia being........