With charming signed letter
EDWARDES, Tickner. The Bee-master of Warrilow. The "Pall Mall" Press. 1907.
Small 8vo. Original light brown cloth, gilt lettering to front; pp. 64, frontispiece and 10 photographic plates; slight foxing throughout, very good. Provenance: ffep inscribed by the author 'To my old chum Freddy O. and his good missus. Life isn't all honey, but friendship is the honey of life; so here's a bumper to every busy bee, include our nobles selves! TE Christmas 1906'. The book wasn't published until 1907, so this was one of the author's own advance copies. Also included is an ALS from Edwardes to the same recipient date 21st May 1909, single sheet neatly torn along centre fold, in which the writer makes arrangements to visit his friend and encloses a copy of his latest book The Lore of the Honey'Bee. With a receipt for this book from Blackwells of Oxford dated 16th April 1945 made out to C.W. Parish of Bateman's, Rudyard Kipling's Sussex house of which Parish was the tenant after the novelist's widow's death in 1936.
First edition. One of Edwardes's most enduring works, this deals with bee-keeping in Sussex and is as much about rural life as it is about apiarism, although there is much practical detail.