The British Bee-Keeper's Guide Book to the Management of Bees in Movable-comb Hives, and the use of Modern Bee-Appliances. Illustrated.
"Since the British Bee-Keepers Association was established in 1874, Bee-keeping has made such rapid progress, and notwithstanding that our Bee Literature is already represented by numerous books and the British Bee Journal - a periodical exclusively devoted to Bee-culture - the constant inquiries I receive respecting the practical management of bees in movable-comb hives is ample evidence that British Bee-keepers demand a treatise on Bee-culture which, divested of all verbiage and superfluities, shall plainly point out the way to success. I am frequently asked to recommend a cheap practical work on the management of frame-hives. Some excellent books on the subject that are offered for sale contain a large amount of superfluous matter, which only aids to produce a volume of respectable size, increasing its selling price, and not the practical value, placing it in many cases beyond the reach of those who would be purchasers. There are others whose value is often in inverse proportion to their bulk and cost. Some are merely advertisements of special goods for sale; whilst most are, as the Americans say, not 'up with the times' and do not even allude to matters of management, now considered indispensable by practical Bee-keepers. In endeavouring to supply this want, my object has been to produce a work which would contain the most valuable information on frame-hive management; and, to bring it within the reach of all, it has been condensed to the smallest possible scope consistent with a full exposition of the subject, with plain directions for the various most profitable operations for securing the best harvest of honey. Much disappointment is often caused by rash assertions of interested persons respecting the pecuniary profits which may be made by keeping Bees, so that I do not intend to commit myself to any direct statement upon this point. 'How to make a golden fortune' is always an attractive title, and one that has sold many a pamphlet upon eggs, pigs, poultry, bees and such-like subjects. I do not intend to enter the lists with these, but shall be contented if those who read this book, who are in a position to do so, are induced by its perusal to take a deeper interest in the wonderful works of Nature, or to adopt a pursuit which, as it must be followed in the open air, is likely to improve their health and increase their strength, while it may afford them an opportunity, not altogether to be despised, of adding a little to their income."
Contains a number of pages of Bee-keeping related advertisements at the back.
This small book is in good condition for its age. Pages have age-related wear and dirt, particularly on the edges. There are some dog-eared pages.
The softback cover is intact, but with some dirt and creasing.