These are hands down the most expensive books I’ve ever bought for Mint, but I was won over first of all by how beautifully bound they are, and then by the subject matter – bees! We all know that there are massive issues surrounding bees – basically if we don’t sort out the rate at which they’re dying (seemingly due to man’s bad behaviour) our planet is going to be in big trouble! And today’s encyclopedias seem to be the last word when it comes to bee keeping, with the very first edition being published in 1877, and the 42nd edition due to be released later this year!
The two editions that we have for sale today were published in 1935 and 1962 respectively, and I think are in really good condition for their years. If you consider that the first of the books isn’t far off the century mark, I think it’s doing remarkably well, with slight wear to the cover, and some minor discolouration to the pages. It’s in pretty much the same (if not slightly better) condition as the 32nd edition, published some thirty years later.
A truly beautiful pair of books, crammed full of everything any bee enthusiast would ever need to know!
Dimensions: 1935 edition – 23cm long x 15.5cm wide x 4cm deep; 1962 edition – 22.5cm long x 15.5cm wide x 3.5cm deep