Chagyo hitsuyo [The Tea Industry & Trade].

Eight full-page woodcut illus. Numerous tables in the text. 38; 43 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. yellow patterned wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Tokyo: the Authors, 1877.

First edition of this scarce book on the tea industry of Japan. With the opening of Japan, tea and silk quickly became the two most important export products.

Kumajiro Kanbayashi was a member of the family that has owned, for more than 450 years, the Kanbayashi tea company, a well-known tea and incense store in Kyoto. In the Preface to the first volume, the authors emphasize the importance of tea as a key international cash crop. They describe how to grow, harvest, and prepare the tea leaves for export. Kanbayashi and Eguchi were clearly familiar with the Western market for green tea: they discuss the tea-drinking habits and tastes of Westerners, and also consider producing black tea for the West.

Also included is an essay by the Japanese ambassador to the United States, Mr. Tomita, on the tea market of North America, possible tariffs, and other trade considerations.

The text has many tables regarding the chemical analysis of tea, health benefits, production, pricing, national sales, etc. The woodcuts depict the various stages of tea production following harvest.

Fine copy. Several entries in WorldCat incorrectly spell the first author’s last name as Kanbashi.

Price: $1,950.00

Item ID: 6898