Tea – Its Mystery and History – With a Preface in Chinese and English by Lo Fong Loh. Illustrated [by J.F.Weldon].
Vintage First Edition / Original 19th century Edition. London, Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1878. Small Octavo. Pagination: Vintage Portrait-Frontispiece, Fac-simie of Mr. Lo Fong Loh’s Prefatory Notes in the chinese Hing Shoo, or running hand, [II], 92 pages with six full-page illustrations and several vignettes. Hardcover / Original publisher’s decorative cloth with gilt lettering and ornament to spine and front board. Tiny stamp of preowner on endpaper and verso frontispiece: “Agnes Jeffery Cox”. Unusually excellent and firm, overall very good+ or even better condition of one of the rarest and most sought after books on tea. In this condition scarce !
Chapters include: Legendary Origin of the Plant / Introduction of Tea into England / Appreciation of the Leaf / The Plant Botanically considered / History of the Tea Trade / The Colouring of the Leaf / Social Character of the Beverage / The “Drink of Health” / The Virtues of the Leaf / A Cup of Tea /
Illustrations include: 1. A Tea Garden – The Tea Plant flourishes best in the provinces of To-Kien, Kiang-su, Hoonam and Hoopels – The first crop [First Flush] is gathered in the early spring / 2. Gathering the Spring Crop / 3. Weighing / 4. Drying / 5. Firing and Colouring with prussian blue, plumbago, gypsum and turmeric except to that tea ordered pure and free from all mineral facing powder / 6. Picking Tea //