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James Bonner
A new plan for speedily increasing the number of bee-hives in Scotland; and which may be extended, with equal success, to England, Ireland, America, or to any other part of the world capable of producing flowers.
Edinburgh, Printed by J. Moir, sold by W. Creech, 1795.
1p. l., xx, 258, [2] p. 22 cm.

Call no.: SF525 .B7 1795

In 1795, James Bonner drew attention to the untapped wealth possessed by Scotland in its numerous wild flowers and the potential these held for a flourishing bee industry.

A honey dealer from Auchencrow, near Berwick-on-Tweed, and one of Scotland's foremost apiculturists, Bonner offered chapters on basic bee biology and behavior, but more importantly others on the profitability -- moral and financial -- of beekeeping, including "Of the Pleasure and Profits that Attend the Keeping of Bees" and "How to Manage Bees in Winter." "Of the Wars and Robberies that take Place among the Bees" had broader implications. Ever the optimist, Bonner predicted that huge gains could be realized in honey production within a span of just a few years.

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