The Romance of Tea by William H. Ukers
Benjamin Press Edition
First appearing in print in 1936, this account of tea’s legendary beginnings in China to its spread to Europe and beyond spans sixteen hundred years of history. Its author, William Ukers, is widely considered a tea pioneer, having devoted much of his life to its study, and was founding editor of Tea & Coffee Trade Journal. In his final chapter, “Tea and the Fine Arts,” he details tea’s influence on paintings, ceramics, music, poetry, prose, and more. Readers of this edition of the book will be delighted to find it well annotated by James Norwood Pratt.