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Butler, Rev. Charles.
The Feminine Monarchie: Or the Historie of Bees. Shewing their admirable Nature, and Properties, their Generation, and Colonies, their Government, Loyalty, Art, Industry, Enemies, Warres, Magnanimitie, &c.
2nd. Ed. Pub. John Haviland for Roger Jackson. 1623. 97 leaves with engraved frontis., woodcut illus. and 4-part madrigal. 8vo. Hardback. One leaf close cropped with partial loss of last sentence. A few spots, o/w. contents in fine condition. Nineteenth century half-calf over marbled boards, top of front hinge showing just a little wear, o/w. nr. fine condition. Provenance: With bookplate of Bee master Thomas William Cowan (1840-1926), co-founder of the British Beekeepers’ Association. More latterly, part of the Rothamsted Lawes Trust, acquired by them in 1931. A superb copy. Harding 18. ‘This is the greatest early British bee book’ (Harding 18). This edition was the first 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. Walker called it the most readable edition. An excellent provenance. Ron Brown O.B.E wrote of Cowan ‘What an outstanding record of service to British Beekeeping!’ and further that ‘The Rev. Charles Butler (1559-1647) has been called ‘the father of British bee-keepers’. Perhaps we should call him ‘grandfather’ and award paternity to Cowan.’ [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: C. Arden (Bookseller) ABA [Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom]
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