The first edition of A New Orchard and Garden and The Country Housewifes Garden was published in 1618. This facsimile is taken from the printing of 1656 in Gervase Markham’s A Way to get Wealth, itself first published in 1623.
Lawson is a very early listing (Number 20) in The British Bee Bibliography and is important in dealing with skep beekeeping at that time. He deals in Chapter X of the work with The Husbandry of bees, their uses and annoyances!!
Malcolm Fraser in his History of Beekeeping in England, a reprint of which is available from NBB, uses an illustration from Lawson showing straw hives under a penthouse roof.