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Melisselogia] or the Female Monarchy: 1st Ed.;
The Author, London, for the Author, 1744. - HARDBACK later half-calf with marbled boards gilt lettering on red spine labels frontispiece pages: xliii [iii] 206 [ii] - plate explanations plates 4 (1 folding) 122mm x 198mm (4.75 x 7.75") some light marks on covers very small tear in fore-edge of frontispiece expertly repaired small piece (30mm x 10mm) missing from bottom corner of two pages (not affecting text) light off-setting of frontispiece and plates some light occasional marginal browning otherwise a very fine bright item. British Bee Books No. 97. Frontispiece taken from Cesi's Apiarium 1625 - the first drawings of bees as seen through a compound microscope - which most likely belonged to Galileo.* (not acknowledged by Thorley). Thorley was the first to record in English that wax scales were found in the pockets (= the four pairs of wax glands found under the abdomen of a worker bee) of bees. He also used smoke from puffballs as a narcotic and in Plate 4 he is shown examining some narcotized bees and searching for the queen. *Freedberg 2002 The Eye of the Lynx." [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Fossil Books, Baldwin's Scientific Books]
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