1846-1940. Very good. Item #3798
A quantity of thirteen (13) items relating to beekeeping in America between c.1846 and c.1940, showing both the widespread enthusiasm for the cottage industry and its rapid economic growth. Trade catalogues, correspondence, and informational booklets are included. Includes illustrated trade catalogs by Charles Dadant (1817-1902), an influential French-American beekeeper who invented the Dadant beehive, a major influence on modern beehives today. The catalogues advertise dozens of beekeeping-related products, including bee veils, hives, queen excluders, clamps, frames, smokers, gloves, honey extractors, and pails. Dadant's revised edition of Langstroth's book on beekeeping is also advertised. In the rear, the company has included several pages of instructions for beginning beekeepers, organized by the four seasons.
The items include:
Printed contract selling the patent rights of Kelsey's Alternating
Bee-Hive from Thomas J. Foss to James D. Bragg. New York, c.1846.
Quarter sheet (6" by 8.5"), verso blank. Minor short tears, letter
"Honey as Food". United States, c.1850. Illustrated booklet promoting
honey as a "wholesome food" and remedy with recipes and facts about
the honey and beekeeping industry. Contains humorous cartoons. 12mo
(6" by 3.5"), pp. 22, stapled in original illustrated wrappers, ink
stamp of agent on upper cover. Toned with some spotting.
"The Recipe and a Right or License to Make and Use Superlative Honey".
United States: Merano Butterfield, 1857. Recipe and license for making
a particular kind of honey patented by "successful bee culturist"
Merano Butterfield. Contract filled in with pencil and dated 1859,
signed by Butterfield in ink. Four-fold pamphlet (8" by 12.5" folded),
verso blank. Large tear spanning first and second panels, affecting
Printed price list and manuscript letter from John H. Martin, seller
of of beekeeping equipment. Hartford, New York, 1877. Printed price
list measures 8" by 5", verso blank, and advertises frames and
materials for hives. Letter written in purple ink on lined bifolium
(8" by 5"), letter folds, with original postmarked envelope (3" by
5.5"). Letter appears to discuss beekeeping with another beekeeper.
"Pure Extracted Honey" printed honey container label. Gaylordsville,
Connecticut: Thos. D. Flynn, c.1880. Illustrated honey label printed
in blue and red with images of hives and bees.
"Circular of Chas. Dadant & Son". Hamilton, Illinois: Chas. Dadant &
Son, 1891. Printed booklet with 1.25" by 1.5" sample of comb
foundation material. 12mo (5.5" by 3.25"), pp. 24, stapled in original
printed wrappers. Minor rust staining from staples.
"Thirty-Ninth Annual Price List of Italian Bees and Apiarian
Supplies". Lyonsville, Massachusetts: W.W. Cary, 1899. Illustrate
price list of beekeeping equipment and bees. 12mo (5.25" by 3.5"), pp.
Printed trade card for Brown & Nostrand's Patent Self Protecting
Ventilating Bee-Hive. West Farms, New York: Brown & Nostrand, c.1900.
Measures 1.5" by 3", verso blank.
Printed trade card for Holly Hill Apiary. Holly Hill, Florida: C.S.
Harris, c.1900. Measures 2.75" by 4.5", verso blank.
"Circular of Dadant & Son". Hamilton, Illinois: Dadant & Son, 1903.
Trade catalog with three samples (each approx. 1.25" by 1.5") of bee
veil mesh and comb foundation sold by the company. 12mo (5.75" by
3.5"), pp. 36 with in-text illustrations, stapled in original printed
"Price List of Bees and Queens". Medina, Ohio: The A.I. Root Co.,
1905. March 1905 price list of bees and queens sold, marketed towards
beginner beekeepers and bee enthusiasts. Includes a detailed and
fascinating "Description of the Different Races of Bees", including
some of their "disagreeable traits" (apparently the Black, or German,
bee is "nervous" and prone to "gorge themselves with honey, and tumble
off the combs in a most disgraceful manner whenever their hive is
opened", p. 3. Italian bees are far superior in honey production and
temperament!). 12mo (5.75" by 3.25"), pp. 30, with illustrations,
stapled in original illustrated wrappers. Lightly toned.
Typewritten letter on photo-illustrated company letterhead from
Phillip Edward. Crane, of J.E. Crane & Son, "Producers and Dealers in
Comb and Extracted Honey and Wax". Together with original printed
envelope with honeycomb pattern, addressed and postmarked. MIddlebury,
Vermont: J.E. Crane, 1912. Light toning.
"Theory and Practice: Bumblebee Backfire". Detroit, Michigan: General
Motors, c.1940. Tongue-in-cheek booklet on physics beginning with the
statement, "According to aerodynamic theory, it is impossible for the
bumblebee to fly" (p. ). 12mo (5.75" by 3.5"), pp. 8, stapled in
original illustrated wrappers with flyign bumblebee. Lightly toned.