Welcome to our online bookshop.

Our bookshop came about because our aim has always been to record, research, and classify every single tobacco and trade card issued between the end of the nineteenth century and the present day. And the quickest way to circulate this information, at that time, was in a book, which could be sold to members. 

Our system has changed very little in almost a hundred years. A card is discovered, and is recorded. Now originally this was on a typewritten list circulated to collectors, but once we started to produce regular magazines the details appeared in there. Our first printed checklist style book appeared in 1942; written by Eric Gurd, it covered the cards of W&F Faulkner and it was a turning point, as members could buy this and join in immediately with research, they did not need to buy back issues of the magazine, or work slowly through the ones they had. And a range of books followed. 

We still list new discoveries in our magazines, but increasingly they are coming online too, and this is something which is proving especially interesting in respect of the postcard sized early trade cards that are owned by ephemera and/or postcard collectors, who can now join in too. 

Remember that if you are a Cartophilic Society member you recieve a special discounted price on our reference books. And also if anyone has any questions about a book's contents, please just get in touch with our bookshop at

Ref. Title Author(s)
W62 World Index - New, Part II (L-Anon) Murray, Martin
Amendments & updates to New World Tobacco Index (free download available)
Amendments & updates to British Trade Index (free download available)
silks handbook S138 Handbook of Worldwide Tobacco & Trade Silk Issues CSGB (Alan Stevens)