Condition: Excellent, Great
This two-volume set focuses on the subject of tea. From China to India, Japan to Great Britain, tea is a national institution in many countries. The first volume contains photographs taken during nine years of travel in China, Tuaregs, the UK, Japan, France and Sikkim. The second volume contains text that unfolds the ritual of sharing a cup of tea, and covers many other subjects, such as trade, fermentation, taste, political economy and time. For Bruno Suet, “The Time of Tea” was an opportunity both to make this photographic work as well as also to work with Dominique who wrote an amazing text on the tea and to publish this book with the publisher Marval. This book has become a collectors’ item, as the first edition is extremely rare and hard to find. Both books are in excellent used condition, and shows normal ware only on the Velcro closure. Paperback, 504 pages, dated 2001.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection