Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tea Leaves - The Books

Is it mere coincidence that two books released 16 years apart bear the title Tea Leaves? We may never know. The first, published in 1884 by Sir Francis Drake is a historical document, whose verbose subtitle also serves as a good summary, "Being a Collection of Letters and Documents relating to the shipment of Tea to the American Colonies in the year 1773, by the East India Tea Company. (With an introduction, notes, and biographical notices of the Boston Tea Party)"

The other Tea Leaves, published by Francis Leggett & Co. in 1900 offers more historical perspective on tea. It was penned by the "Importing and Manufacturing Grocers" whose "object in publishing this and other books is to bring ourselves and our goods into closer relations with consumers at a distance from New York; and incidentally, to provide readers with interesting information respecting the food which they eat and drink."

If either title piques your interest, go to the Project Gutenberg Web site and download the free editions.

Tea Leaves
by Sir Francis Drake

Tea Leaves
by Francis Leggett & Co

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