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Bees.- Butler (Rev. Charles) The Feminine Monarchie: or the Historie of Bees, second edition, variant with 6 leaves in signature A and no blanks, frontispiece with woodcut and verses, woodcut initials and illustrations, 4pp. with musical notation, lacking final blank, a few rust-spots, one to I3 causing small hole with loss of a couple of letters, cropped shaving a few leaves (title, A4 & 5 and I4 & L1, I4 with loss of final line), bookplate of Thomas William Cowan, nineteenth century half calf, rubbed, upper joint cracked, small 4to, [British Bee Books 18; STC 4193; Walker Catalogue p.11], John Haviland for Roger Jackson, 1623.

⁂ "This is the greatest early British bee book and contains the best account of skep beekeeping which is available today". British Bee Books. It is the first edition to contain both the woodcut frontispiece and the 4-part madrigal which was an attempt to capture the piping of the queen at swarming time. The Walker catalogue calls it "the most readable Edn.".

Thomas William Cowan (1840-1926), co-founder and president of the British Beekeepers' Association who designed the cylindrical honey extractor. He also wrote many books on bees and formed an apine library of over 1800, the basis of the Cowan Memorial Library.

Provenance: Rothamsted acquisition date 1931.

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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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