The Way of Tea. Rand Castile.
The Way of Tea
The Way of Tea
The Way of Tea
The Way of Tea
The Way of Tea
The Way of Tea
The Way of Tea
The Way of Tea
The Way of Tea
The Way of Tea
The Way of Tea
The Way of Tea
The Way of Tea

The Way of Tea

New York & Tokyo: Weatherhill, 1971. First Edition. Hardcover in Slipcase. Very Good / Very Good. Item #26554

329 pages; with useful glossary-index and bibliography. Graciously inscribed & signed in his very precise calligraphic hand by the author on the front endpaper: "To: Douglas & Lily As yes is to tea you were to Japan Rand February, 1972". From the Author's Preface: "...Though no single volume could ever cover in depth the enormously varied subjects which are the concerns of tea, it is the purpose of this book to outline the world of tea ceremony in as brief a form as practicable...". With over 100 illustrations in black and white; depicting tea house architecture, tea utensils, famous tea houses and scenes, tea bowls; with a foreword by Sen no Soshitsu, who had been the author's tea ceremony teacher and head of his Urusenke tea school in Japan. Chapter content on the history of the tea ceremony, including its earliest practitioners, the tea setting, the utensils and practice of cha-do as a way of life; including notes on the accompaniments of flower arrangement chabana, the kaiseki food service and other aspects of the ceremony. Jesse Randolph Castile (1938 - 2017) American tea master, fencer & epee teacher, calligrapher, noted museum director and curator, especially in the fields of Asian Art that he pioneered. Book design and typography by Margaret Weatherby; layout of illustrations by Naoto Kondo. Letterpress composition, platemaking, and printing by General Printing Company, Yokohama. Gravure platemaking and printing by Nissha Printing Company, Kyoto; bound at the Makoto Binderies, Tokyo. Main text set in 12-point Monotype Perpetua, with hand-set Optima for display; a handsome, well-organized production. Approx. 8 3/4" x 8 1/2" size; clear plastic over-wrap on matcha-green paper-covered boards, with brown silk cloth spine; gilt spine titles and gilt tea-whisk cover device; in an illustrated cardstock slipcase. Some edge, tips wear to the case; volume in very good condition.

Price: $125.00

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