First edition of this rare work promoting the ‘humane’ treatment of honey bees (1832)

NUTT, Thomas

Humanity to honey bees; or practical directions for the management of honey bees upon an improved and humane plan, by which the lives of bees may be preserved, and adundance of honey of a superior quality may be obtained.

Published: Wisbech, H. and J. Leach

Date: 1832

8vo (200 × 130 mm), pp. xxiii, [3], 240, [2, plus advertisement slip]; folding engraved frontispiece and 12 further engravings; bookplate of Pamela Lister to the front pastedown; very good in original blue sugar-paper boards with original title label to a later paper spine.

Bibliography
British Bee Books, 215

Note
From an uneducated background as a draper’s assistant, Nutt claimed to have invented his collateral hive before ever reading a book on bees. ‘Collateral boxes had been previously described by S. White (1756), and W. Dyer (1781)’; Nutt’s other great innovation was in his use of a thermometer, ‘probably among the first’ to use one in his hives. (British Bee Books, p. 118). Nutt's book ran to several later editions. This first edition is scarce, however, since the list of subscribers printed after the prelims accounts for only 232 copies; it is likely, therefore, only 300 copies were printed in this edition.

Condition
Very good

Binding
Boards

£250

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