La Diva Nicotina: The Story of How Tobacco Seduced the World

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When, in 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on a small island he believed to be China, he was met by representatives of the local tribe who offered him gifts of bread, fruit and dried leaves. He threw the leaves into the sea, but Columbus and his crew did not remain ignorant of these leaves'powers or purpose for long. In Africa tobacco was received as spiritual inspiration, the French effused over its beneficial properties, while those "Reeking Gallants" of England and Elizabethan society set about advertising it as the ...

La Diva Nicotina: The Story of How Tobacco Seduced the World 2002, Scribner, London

ISBN-13: 9780743208130

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La Diva Nicotina: The Story of How Tobacco Seduced the World 2001, Simon & Schuster Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780743208123

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