Tea Production Illustrated

Seicha zukai [An Illustrated Guide to Tea Manufacturing].

21 fine full-page woodcuts. 18 folding leaves. Large 8vo, orig. yellow wrappers (wrappers a little soiled), block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. Shiga Preface: Printed by the Hikone Fiefdom, Preface date 1871.

First edition of this comprehensive and rare guide to the manufacturing of tea. WorldCat locates no copy. The Hikone Fiefdom, near Kyoto, was one of the first to advocate concessions to the Americans and quickly returned to the merchant-sponsored trade it had abandoned in the 17th century. The daimyo of the Hikone Fiefdom soon sponsored publications to assist farmers and artisans to develop the silk and tea industries for export.

The present work, issued by the Hikone Fiefdom, is one of the chief Japanese works of the period on tea production. The text is complemented by the series of 21 fine full-page woodcuts. The topics include harvesting and planting seeds to grow tea bushes, the best soil for the plants, tending the bushes over a number of years, fertilization, harvesting the leaves, steaming and then drying the leaves, leaf storage, rubbing the tea leaves, separating the leaves by size and quality, removing impurities with chopsticks, storing techniques, and methods of shading the tea bushes.

Fine copy.

Price: $3,500.00

Item ID: 6896

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