Generally acknowledged as the man who knew more about coffee than anyone else in the world, Williaim Ukers (1873-1945) was a founder of the authoritative Tea and Coffee Trade Journal, semi-official publication of the industry. He travelled to coffee-producing areas of the world for nearly twenty years, speaking with growers, roasters, and distributors and steeping himself in history, economy, and contemporary production practices. Although it inevitably carries some dated information, Ukers’ All About Coffee remains for professionals the major repository of information for those concerned with that beverage. The book was published in 1922, with a significant revision appearing in 1935, along with a companion volume, All About Tea. Both editions are extremely scarce now, and although there have been facsimiles of the 1922, the heftier 1935 (818 pages, more than 200 photographs) is hard to find, often appearing in the market only when discarded by libraries that no longer have use for it.
Our copy of the 1935 edition is ex-library but the library apparatus is limited to an inconspicuous label on the spine, a book plate in front, and a card sleeve on the back pastedown. The hinges of the heavy book, which are not open, are reinforced with archival tape. The case shows light rubbing along the edges, and the corners of the volume are soft. The interior is generally good, but there is some water rippling over the lower portion of the first eight or ten percent of the pages, with staining on the first dozen. Despite these defects this is a sound and totally usable copy. Given the scarcity of originals, we believe that there are collectors who will be pleased to have a respectable copy of this very interesting book at a bargain price.