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Bees.- Remnant (Richard) A Discourse or Historie of Bees...whereunto is added the causes, and cure of blasted Wheat..., first edition, title with typographic border, woodcut head-piece and initials, contemporary ink inscription "Left by Mrs Champion to be bd for Mrs John Edwards of Dover..." to verso of final leaf, lightly soiled and water-stained, marginal tear to B4 & C2 affecting side-notes but no loss, modern half sprinkled sheep, roan label, [British Bee Books 26; Fussell I p.28; STC 20879; Walker Catalogue p.59], small 4to, by Robert Young for Thomas Slater, 1637.

⁂ Very rare; ESTC lists only 3 locations in the UK (BL, National Library of Scotland and Lincoln College Oxford) and 3 in America. The last copy sold at auction was in 1979 (£480). Rothamsted acquisition date 1942.

"Fraser's History describes this as a book ahead of its time; for instance Remnant knew that the workers were female." British Bee Books

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Bees.- Remnant (Richard) A Discourse or Historie of

Estimate £3,000 - £4,000
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London, UK
Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing