Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Evanescence and Tea

"Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things."

Heather Marek

I wish I knew about this book, but alas, this picture was taken through the window of a used bookstore. It was closed and we were just passing through. The store is now out of business, but if anyone knows anything about this little book, I would be most interested. Unfortunately the author is not shown on the cover.

From Clarice at Storybook Woods: From what I can tell it is fairy stories and is written by E H Knatchbull There are copies for sale for $50.00 - $200.00 !!! It looks wonderful.

And a comment from His Beloved is that: You can find the book by searching at books.google.com under "tales at tea time". You can download it or read it online.

And from me: I took a brief look at the book online. It's very old (published in the late 1800's) and has some interesting illustrations. It's a fairy tale book with some very scary stories! I'm sure there are some wonderful ones as well. I look forward to browsing through it's pages online.

Thank you, Storybook Woods and His Beloved, for helping research this interesting vintage book.


  1. What a wonderful book! Is it from your library?

  2. This book is great! I just love it! When was it published?

  3. Beautiful vintage book and I love the word "evanescence."

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  6. You can find the book by searching at books.google.com under "tales at tea time". You can download it or read it online.

    I tried to post the link but it was too long for the comment form.

    Enjoy! :D

  7. Anonymous8:06 AM


    What an interesting book - I am very curious what it's all about.

    I definitely miss your blogathon. But I am enjoying your personal posts too.

    Take care!

  8. wow - I would love having it just for the cover!

  9. Definitely an interesting little book and not at all what one would expect from the title.


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