Thai opium pipe
A Thai Opium Pipe

A Short Chronological Bibliography

(This collective represents principally recent books describing and illustrating the historic artifacts and utensils used in the ritual of opium-smoking; this is not a robust bibliography about opium culture or use)
Ben Rapaport (June 2007)

Braun, Rolf & Ilse, Opium-Gewichte. Opium weights. Poids d'Asie. (Pfälzische Verlagsanstalt GmbH, Landau, 1983)

Goes, Benedict, The Intriguing Design of Tobacco Pipes (Pijpenkabinet, Leiden, 1993)

Gear, Donald and Joan. Earth to Heaven: The Royal Animal-Shaped Weights of Burma (Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, 1992; reprint, 2000)

Pagini, Catherine, Chinese Opium Boxes. H.J. Eiley Collection (n.p., n.d., ca. 1992)

Robson, Michael, Opium. The Poisoned Poppy (FormAsia, Hong Kong, 1992)

Wegars, Priscilla (compiler and editor), Hidden Heritage: Historical Archaeology of the Overseas Chinese (Baywood Publishing Company, Inc., New York, 1993)

Milligan, Barry, Pleasures and Pains. Opium and the Orient in Nineteenth-Century British Culture (University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1995)

Hodgson, Barbara, Opium. A Portrait of the Heavenly Demon (Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1999)

Lee, Peter, The Big Smoke. The Chinese Art and Craft of Opium (Lamp Light Books, Hong Kong, 2000)

Hodgson, Barbara, In the Arms of Morpheus. The Tragic History of Laudanum, Morphine, and Patent Medicines (Firefly Books, New York, 2001)

Duc, Nguyen Te, Le Livre de l’Opium (reprint, Guy Trédaniel Editeur, Paris, 2002)

Gear, Donald and Joan. An Ancient Bird-shaped Weight System from Lan Na and Burma. (Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, 2002)

Retaillaud-Bajac, Emmanuelle, Les Drogues. Une Passion Maudite (Éditions Gallimard, Paris, 2002)

Tosches, Nick, The Last Opium Den (Bloomsbury, New York, 2002)

Dikötter, Frank, Lars Peter Laamann, and Zhou Xun, Narcotic Culture. A History of Drugs in China (University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2004)

National Museum of History, Taiwan, Smoke Stains ­ The Art of Opium Utensils (National Museum of History, Taipei, 2004)

Wigal, Donald, The Mystique of Opium in History and Art (Parkstone Press Ltd., London, 2004)

Armero, Carlos, and Ben Rapaport, The Arts of an Addiction. Qing Dynasty Opium Pipes and Accessories (privately printed [armeroc@yahoo.es; ben70gray@verizon.net], 2005)

Brown, Laura, L’Art de lOpium Fumé (Naga, 2005)

Lee, Peter, Opium Culture: The Art and Ritual of the Chinese Tradition (Park Street Press, 2005)

Zheng, Yangwen, The Social Life of Opium in China (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005)

Duco, Don, Opium & Opiumschuiven. Een Bronnenboek (Opium and Opium Smoking. A Source Book) (Pijpenkabinet, Amsterdam, 2006)

Bertholet, Ferdinand M., Opium. Het zwarte parfum, Kunst en geschiedenis van een verloren ritueel; also as Opium, la perle noire, Art et histoire d'un rituel perdu (Mercatorfonds, Brussels, 2007)

Hogendoorn, Cees, Opium, de kunst van verloren collecties (Opium, the Art of Lost Collections) (2007)

Martin, Steven, The Art of Opium Antiques (Silkworm Books, Bangkok, 2007)

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(with thanks to Ben Rapaport ; e-mail: ben70gray@verizon.net)

Especially recommended:
The Arts of an Addiction: Qing Dynasty Opium Pipes and Accessories, co-authored by Carlos Armero and Ben Rapaport, on sale in September 2005. It is a hard-cover book with dust jacket containing 240 pages and more than 275 images in color. The retail price is established, worldwide, at $75.00 plus postage and handling. No discount will be available except for volume purchases (six or more copies). Authors can be reached at ben70gray@verizon.net, or armeroc@yahoo.es, if the reader desires further information on the contents of this privately-printed book.

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