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Bees.- Thorley (John) Melisselogia [graece]. Or, the Female Monarchy, being an enquiry into the Nature, Order, and Government of Bees, first edition, engraved frontispiece, list of subscribers, 4 engraved plates by Thomas Loveday, one folding, with 'Explanation of the Plates' leaf at end, lightly browned, some offsetting, contemporary sprinkled calf, lacking label, for the Author, 1744 § Warder (Joseph) The True Amazons: or, the Monarchy of Bees, fifth edition, lacking first leaf of dedication, title with ink inscription and a little soiled, lightly browned, later half calf, for John Pemberton, 1722 § Mills (John) An Essay on the Management of Bees, first edition, engraved frontispiece and folding plate, lacking final advertisement leaf, later half calf, spine gilt, for J. Johnson and B. Davenport, 1766 § [Bazin (Gilles Augustin)] The Natural History of Bees..., first English edition, 12 folding engraved plates, the last browned at outer edge, contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt, red roan label, for J.& P.Knapton, and P.Vailant, 1744, most rubbed, the first two with spine ends worn, [British Bee Books 97, 74, 116 & 96], 8vo (4)


⁂ "Thorley's secret was the puffball narcotic, which he used when uniting colonies...Of English writers, Thorley was the first to mention having found wax scales in the pockets of worker bees. The...frontispiece was a copy of Cesi's three bees - the first drawing of bees made with the aid of a microscope, 1625". (British Bee Books). Plate V depicts the owner in his study searching for the queen in a group of stupefied bees on his table, with a swarm on the tree in the garden beyond.

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Bees.- Thorley (John) Melisselogia [graece]. Or, the

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 9:30 AM UTC
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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing
220 Queenstown Road
London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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