Wax Craft, All About Beeswax: Its History, Production, Adulteration, and Commercial Value (Classic Reprint)by T. W. Cowan
I am frequently asked to recommend some book treating of beeswax, but as no work on the subject has appeared for some time past, reference can only be made to textbooks, which, although containing much information on bee-keeping, devote very little space to the
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I am frequently asked to recommend some book treating of beeswax, but as no work on the subject has appeared for some time past, reference can only be made to textbooks, which, although containing much information on bee-keeping, devote very little space to the question of beeswax.
Nearly twenty years ago I translated from the German a small pamphlet of nineteen pages on beeswax by M. J. Dennler, which found a ready sale; but this has for some time past been out of print, and, in deference to requests for a larger book, this work has been brought out, in the hope that it will supply a long-felt want for information on the subject.
Beeswax is an important article of commerce, large quantities being annually imported into this country for use in the manufacture of the finest candles, also by soap-makers and chemists in various preparations. But beyond these requirements, the extension of bee-keeping on modern methods has created a yearly demand for thousands of tons of pure wax in the production of comb-foundation for the use of bee-keepers.
From the very earliest ages, too, the manufacture of candles, figures, and flowers from beeswax was known to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and I have therefore thought it well to give an historical outline of the subject, followed by separate chapters on the production of wax, its uses in commerce and manufactures.
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