Contest Closed - end of month is past - winner announced! (see end of thread)
For offer: 'The Classic of Tea - Origins and Rituals' by Wu Lu
This is the first book ever written on tea (during the Tang Dynasty, ~780 CE) and it's importance to tea history both in china and around the world cannot be overstated. The english edition has a 53 page preface including a short biography of Wu Lu that sets the stage nicely and a large number of very nice illustrations, mostly wood cuts, etc. This is my favorite tea book hands down. It is in like new condition, ISBN 0880014164
I happen to have picked up two english editions of these a few years back in local used bookstores and now that it's out of print in english (and going for well over 100 bucks on ebay/alibris/amazon)
it seems excessive to have two. I'm gonna keep the first english edition (which I picked up for 8 dollars, yikes), but the newer one I want to give away. It is against my nature to make money off of fellow tea geeks, this is a hobby and a passion for me, not a business.
So here's the deal, I wanna make sure this goes to somebody who will read it and love it and keep it, not just sell it on ebay for a profit. So I propose a contest with the winner getting the book for free (well, sort of..).
Offer me something tea related in return who's bought value (what you paid for it) is not to exceed 10 dollars (how much I payed for the newer copy) and... here is the kicker, tell me why I should take _your_ deal in 50 words or less.
Contest will end at the end of the month, post your offers in this thread. Thanks for playing!