The Book of Tea. A Japanese Harmony of Art, Culture, and the Simple Life.

New York: Fox Duffield & Company; Shilling Press, 1906.

Octavo (19 x 11.5 cm.), 160 pages. FIRST EDITION (in any language). There are three imprints bearing a date of 1909: Fox Duffield, Duffield, and Putnam. The Fox Duffield imprint is the earliest. This small book introduced the concept of "teaism" to the world. Teaism used the simplicity of the tea ceremony as a model for other activities, including art and architecture. It has been said that Heidegger's concept of Dasein was inspired by ideas Kakuzo expressed in this work. Internally clean and sound. In publisher's green cloth, gilt-titled at the spine and front board. Discoloration to edges of the green cloth, otherwise near very good.

Price: $900.00