A Nice Cup of Tea

A Nice Cup of Tea

Edition of 100
36 pages with endsheet and separate tea ration
Letterpress printed with handset type
2 color; text with decorative typesetting
Sewn boards binding

Letterpress printed at San Francisco Center for the Book on 170 GSM Velata Ivory. The body text is hand-set 12 point News Gothic & Palatino. Decorative text and titles include Bulmer, Futura, Garamond, Onyx & various wooden type.

"A Nice Cup of Tea" from The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, Volume III: As I Please, 1943-1945. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

In 1946, George Orwell wrote an essay for the Evening Standard of just over a thousand words entitled "A Nice Cup of Tea." It's a 10 point treatise on how to properly brew a cup of traditional English tea. This book is a sewn modified drum leaf and includes a ration of tea and an LCD temperature strip to ensure the water is hot enough . The book and equipment serve as a portable kit, just add a teacup or pot.


Brian wandered into SFCB several years ago and continues to haunt the place. He completed both the bookbinding and letterpress core programs as well as several of the summer historic structure classes. He began vending his excess production and practice pieces at conventions a few years ago. He's lived in San Francisco for more than 20 years, having arrived shortly after completing his MFA at the University of Texas at Austin.