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John Keys
The practical bee-master: in which will be shewn how to manage bees either in straw hives or in boxes ... with more ease, safety, and profit, than by any method hitherto made public ... interspersed with occasional strictures on Mr. Thomas Wildman's treatise on bees; with several new discoveries and improvements.
London, Printed for the author [etc., 1780].
xii, 390 p. fold. pl. 22 cm.

Call no.: SF525 .K45

One of the first rare books acquired by the University of Massachusetts (in 1868), John Keys’ Practical Bee Master builds upon knowledge gathered by earlier authors. From his home near Pembroke, Keys developed a number of innovations in beekeeping with long-lasting implications for the field, providing, for example, one of the first descriptions of a bee keeper's veil.

Keys was well read in the bee literature, addressing Thomas Wildman’s treatise directly, but he added new information gathered from his personal experience. His chapters include the almost requisite summaries of bee physiology as well as more specific sections on box hives and bee pasturage.

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