Father of Modern Queen Rearing, Doolittle promoted the method of transferring young larvae from worker brood cells to special wax cups he fashioned from rods from wooden rakes. Having spent over two decades to develop the methods, reviewing other methods, and evaluating the results, Doolittle finished the book on Christmas, 1888. This is a very useful book, and in many ways amazing due to Doolittle's insight into bee biology and the importance of quality queens in a beekeeping operation. An absolute must if you raise queens or plan to, this book is highly recommended for all beekeepers who are serious about learning how the beekeeper influences the quality of the queen and thus the entire hive. In the reprint, the type was reset, images enhanced and a Table of Contents added to help find Doolittle's many discussion threads.