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The Mind of the Bees - Julien Francon

Methuen & Co., 1947, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper edgeworn with some loss at head and tail of spine, faded at the spine. Offset to the endpapers. Top edges of the text block tanned. Pages gently age-tanned.

Reprint. [First: 1939] From the cover: “In these ultra-scientific days when the vocabulary of science is becoming almost unintelligible to the general reader, it is a joy to find a work which can be read with intelligence and delight by a child and at the same time describe the results of ingenious experiments of great scientific value. M. Francon has spent many years in observing and recording the reaction of the Bees to variously devised conditions, not in the hive, but in the open field of their daily labours. He shows that by some mysterious means they communicate to one another the most precise instructions as to the direction and exact position of valuable sources of the materials they can convert into honey, even when those instructions are of a complicated and quite unnatural kind; that there are forces in the hive, ready at a moment’s notice to lay aside domestic work and proceed to any valuable source of plunder; and that their numbers are accurately proportioned to considerations of distance and quantity. The author’s results will be learned with astonishment, not only by the experienced beekeeper, but also by the general reader. One of the most remarkable entomological books of recent years.”
Size: 8" x 5¼"
Number of Pages: 146
Translator: H. Eltringham

£6.50 (Now Sold)