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RUSDEN, Moses. Bee-Master to the King's most excellent Majesty.:
A FURTHER DISCOVERY OF BEES. Treating of the Nature, Government, Generation & Preservation of the Bee. With the Experiments and Improvements arising from the keeping them in transparent Boxes, instead of Straw-hives.
London, printed for the author, and are to be sold at his house next the sign of the King's Arms in the Bowling-Alley, nea, 1679. Also proper directions (to all such as keep bees) as well to prevent their robbing in straw-hives, as their killing in the colonies. By Moses Rusden, an apothecary; bee-master to the King's most excellent Majesty. Published by His Majesties especial command, and approved by the Royal Society at Gresham Coll. FIRST EDITION 1679. Small 8vo, approximately 170 x 95 mm, 6½ x 3½ inches, engraved frontispiece, signed: Henry Million, 3 folding plates, pages: [24], 1-144, last page blank, rebound in full modern speckled calf, gilt lettered label, gilt author's name, gilt rules and date between raised bands to spine, new endpapers. Pale staining to engraved frontispiece, old ink names and small oval ink stamp to blank side of frontispiece, slight bleed through from ink, a few pages slightly protruding from text block, no loose pages, pale age-browning to title page, neat repairs to the blank side of 2 plates, no loss of image, pale staining to plates, 1 lower corner torn off, with loss of 1 word to recto ("matters" penciled in the margin) and 1 letter "B" to verso, pale age-browning to margins, occasional small stain or fox spot, otherwise a very good copy. Moses Rusden was appointed Beemaster to the King's most excellent Majesty at the instigation of John Evelyn. Rusden firmly believed that a hive was led by a King and not a Queen. In 1679, Rusden improved Geddie's hive, and put a frame in it for the bees to fasten their combs upon. See: British Bee Bo … [Click Below for Full Description]
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