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You can read this for free here: Better Queens by Jay Smith (with thumbnails)
Details: Paperback 6 x 9 in. B&W 116 pages.
Jay Smith was one of the great beekeepers and queen breeders of all time. There are many queen breeding books by scientists or small-scale breeders, but this is by a beekeeper who raised thousands of queens every year. This is much more applicable to practical queen rearing. This is also a method that does not require grafting, good for those of us who can't see well enough to graft, and does not require the purchase of special equipment, good for those of us lacking in the funds to buy one of the graftless systems on the market. This is a reprint so the old pictures are not the highest quality. I find this method very compatible with the Hopkins method. The Hopkins method will save some of the special equipment needed. But the equipment for this method isn't that different. A similar method to Smith's was also used by Hopkins and written about in his 1886 Australasian Bee Manual.