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Neighbour, Alfred, The Apiary or, Bees, Beehives, and Bee Culture Being a Familiar Account of the Habits of Bees and the Most Improved Methods of Management Third Edition Greatly Enlarged, Revised, an

Neighbour, Alfred The Apiary; or, Bees, Beehives, and Bee Culture. Being a Familiar Account of the Habits of Bees and the Most Improved Methods of Management. Third Edition Greatly Enlarged, Revised, and Remodelled , London: Kent and Co, 1878.

Third ( & best ) Edition. Decorated Cloth. Good/No d/w. Sm 8vo. 120mm x 185mm tall (5" x 7.25" approx.). Pp xxvi, 359 with the tipped-in Errata slip, a double-folding, colour frontispiece plate; two further plates, one handcoloured, and illustrations in the text; a 4pp Price List of Neighbour and Sons' Improved Beehives [with vignette illustration]; and a preliminary leaf with 2pp "Opinions of the Press". Contents include an Appendix, "Bees at the Exhibition of 1862", with 3 full-page engraved illustrations. Rubs to edges and corners, with fraying at the spine foot, light occasional spotting [more so to prelims] and some light creasing of the frontispiece, otherwise good, in the original black & gilt decorated, green cloth-covered boards, with gilt titles and a very ornate bee-hive structure with bell jars in gilt to the front board. [British Bee Bibliography ref. 307] The third, and best, edition. The Preface opens: "The present issue of our handbook may be fairly said to be really a new work. Not that the greater portion of it has been consecutively re-written, nor yet that the larger half of the former matter has wholly disappeared; but that the additions of entirely new sections and half-sections, the transpositions with a view to facilitating reference, the erasures of what is either out of date or only repetition - in short the thorough overhauling of the text from beginning to end - are such as to render the form in which it is now presented a new book rather than an ordinary fresh edition" (Book ref. 003493 )  £ 125.00

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