The Practical Bee-Master: in which will be shewn how to manage bees either in straw hives or in boxes, without destroying them, and with more ease, safety, and profit, than by any method hitherto made public, Viz: I. To manage bees in straw hives, with new constructed tops, at a small expense, as profitably and easily as with boxes. II. In boxes of an improved and cheap construction, easily to be managed, and with so little disturbance to the bees, that all the necessary operations may be perfomed without any danger. III. To catch and secure the queen, or to fix her and a swarm to any place you please. IV. To cause bees to quit a hive, and to be so tractable as to suffer themselves to be handled without stinging. V. Several methods of swarming bees artificially. VI. To cause a swarm to work in separated glasses, without any hive; or in globular or other glasses, so that pure virgin honey may be taken when in its utmost perfection. VII. To prevent or cause bees to swarm. VIII. To take the honey and yet preserve the bees, with common hives only. IX. To unit casts, swarms, and stocks. X. A catalogue of, and observations on, the most proper flowers or pasturage for bees. XI. An easy and certain method of preserving stocks in winter and cold springs. XII. Several new and improved methods of extracting the wax from the combs, two of them without either straining or pressing; and each by a single operation: but more perfectly, and with far less trouble and expence of fuel than hitherto practiced. Together with such full and plain directions that the meanest Cottager may attain this profitable Art without difficulty, and at a small expence; interspersed with occasional strictures on Mr. Thomas Wildman’s Treatise on Bees: With several New Discoveries and Improvements, the result of long experience, and deduced from actual experiments by John Keys, Bee-Master. London: Printed for the Author, and sold by him at his House in Cheshunt-Street, Hertfordshire; J. Johnson, No. 72, St. Paul’s Church-Yard; Mr. Vallance, Cheapside; and by the principal Booksellers in Town and Country. 8vo, recent rebinding in tan half leather with red gilt-lettered label to spine and marbled-paper boards, pp. xii, 390,  with errata and advertisements + 1 folding plate with copper-engraved illustrations of bees, hives and beekeeping equipment. Elaborate early, possibly contemporary, marginalia on flyleaf, hand-drawn rendering of ‘The Salmon’ in red pencil on verso of title page, minimal handwritten notes (mostly diagrammatic) in text, some staining to pages. A very good, bright copy overall, of a very scarce first edition.
The Practical Bee-Master: In which how to manage bees either in straw hives or in boxes, without destroying them, and with more ease, safety, and profit, than by any method hitherto made public […] Together with such full and plain directions That the meanest Cottager may attain this profitable Art Without Difficulty, and at a small Expense; Interspersed with occasional Strictures On Mr. Thomas Wildman’s Treatise on Bees: with several new discoveries and improvements.
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SKU: 029339 Categories: Botany, Natural History, Science Tag: The practical bee-master: in which will be shewn how to manage bees either in straw hives or in Boxes beekeeping science honey history eighteenth century Britain Keys London apiary