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Bound in modern page at front of volume annotated in a modern hand with bibliographic information and a summary of "T. F."'s biography.
Accompanied by typed transcript of the Treatise of Bees &c only.
Binding: nineteenth-century full calf.
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Blanks not digitized.
Tightly bound with some loss of text in the gutter.
Manuscript on paper, in a single cursive hand, of a practical guide to profitable beekeeping for "any poor man that hath but a cottage and a Yard in it." The text covers every aspect of beekeeping from the initial selection of bees through directions for straining honeycombs. There is lengthy discussion of the proper location of hives, and the author recommends stacked wooden boxes, or "stalls," rather than the traditional straw hives.
The author also comments on his own twenty years of experience with beekeeping; the outbreak of plague in Newcastle in 1636; the destruction of his first hives by the "Scots army" near Newcastle in February 1642; and his decision to write this work despite his lack of notes "haveing much idle time during my imprisonement at Winchester house."
The text is followed by a detailed and heavily annotated thirty page table of contents in the same hand.
"An Epitome of Mr. Levett's Treatise of the Ordering of Bees, by [T.F.?], Arm:," separately paginated, follows the author's own treatise.
Annotated drawings of beehives in the same hand, p. 31 and p. 81.
1 v. (203 p., with blanks) ; 20 x 15 cm.
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