CHARLOT, Yvonne B. Teacup Fortune-Telling. London, Universal Publications Ltd., [c.1935].
Small 8vo. Original orange card wrappers with pictorial dust wrapper; pp. 90, [6, ads]; a very good copy, internally clean and sound, wrinkled down spine, dust wrapper with chipping to head of spine and ink inscription to upper cover.
A dictionary of symbols and signs that might be glimpsed in sodden tea leaves to determine the drinker's future. This book was one in a sequence of books on divination produced by Universal Publications, but oddly enough remains an iconic, desirable text on 20th century tasseomancy, perhaps due to the myriad illustrations depicting various tea leaf configurations.
"Hat. To be able to trace a form that may be taken for a hat is excellent for a woman. It points to a favourable marriage…for a man it is less satisfactory..."
"Oval. Any oval form is a symbol of hope. Should there be anything for which you are hoping, wait patiently and it will come sure as eggs are eggs. Eggs are, of course, oval, hence this expression."
A revised version of this book was published in 1937, as was a version with green covers. Due to the inherent fragility of the materials (and no doubt its intended use around hot tea) surviving copies of this book with the dust wrapper intact are scarce.