A Treatise on the Management of Bees; wherein is contained the Natural History of those Insects; with the various Methods of cultivating them, both Ancient and Modern, and the improved Treatment of them. To which are added, The Natural History of Wasps and Hornets, and the Means of destroying them. Illustrated with Copper-Plates. The Third Edition.

Published: London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell

Date: 1778

8vo. xvii, [3 (explanation of the plates & contents)], 318, [7 (index)], [1 (blank)], 16 (appendix), [2 (advts.)]pp., 3 folding engraved plates, contemporary sprinkled sheep, spine panelled by gilt highlighted raised bands, red morocco label gilt, head of spine trifle chaffed, some minor splitting to ends of joints, but a very nice fresh and bright copy.

ESTC t101491 First published in 1768 with a second edition in 1770. German and Italian translations also appeared. This third edition is quite uncommon. Although in part drawn from previously printed sources Wildman's account of the care and management of bees, as well as of the natural history and control of wasps and hornets was based on his own experience, and his book exhibits an unusual knowledge of continental beekeeping. In a note at the end of the preface he offers to demonstrate his techniques - "[Mr Wildman will shew the practical part to any number of subscribers, that may not be fully satisfied [by the account in the book], not less than twenty, in any place they shall please to appoint, not exceeding three miles from London; or to any subscribers at a greater distance, they paying his charges to and from London. And if any of the subscribers do not chuse to manage their bees themselves, he will undertake it for the yearly sum of Three Guineas.]".


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