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This booklet is a translation from the Latin, by Frank Vernon of the thesis submitted in 1770 by J.F.E. Albrecht for his Doctorate examination.
Albrecht was born in 1752 at Slade in Hanover and practiced medicine in Estonia. He published a treatise on beekeeping in 1775 entitled ‘Anatomical and Physical discovery of the correct management of bees as well as the manner of their generation’ and this translation may well be the basis for the later work.
It will be of interest to all beekeepers as it shows that much of our present understand of bees and beekeeping is originally grounded in knowledge common over 300 years ago.
The thesis was dedicated to George III of Great Britain, then also elector of Brunswick, showing the historical ties between the UK and Europe.
This is a facsimile of the original, much sort of and very expensive, 1975 edition, but without any of the original plates. The originals were of very poor definition and considerably better reproduction are presently available. For example the descriptive booklet at £2.50 or the Field Guide by Edwards and Jenner and the most excellent facsimile of Sladen. Dr Alfords work provides an overall and up to date picture of the existing (1975) knowledge of the natural history of these fascinating and enigmatic insects.
An interesting insight into the illustrative importance of bee symbols throughout the world. It is almost with some reverence that we acknowledge the value to man over the years of the honeybee. This value cannot be over-estimated, nor can we fail to be fascinated by the community life of the honeybee. Down the years many myths and superstitions, from many cultures, have developed around the honeybee, which have led her to be regarded by some cultures as a symbol of the soul of man. Coupled with these myths and superstitions are the examples of the honeybee’s skills and industriousness leading to her being rightly regarded as a model to appreciate. Thus many tangible signs, symbols, and motifs have developed which incorporate hives and honeybees and my review showing a selection of some of them also aims to give some relative information. From time to time familiar signs and symbols become lost or are changed; examples of this quite frequently occur with Beehive inn signs. I have been greatly assisted by many organisations and friends who have been keenly interested and very willing to give help, without which I could not have completed the review, and I am very grateful to them.
This title is a significant addition to the beekeeping literature on Integrated Bee Health Management. David Aston, Vice Chair of the BBKA and Sally Bucknall, Chair of Garden Organic have jointly written a volume that should be on every beekeepers reading list. Others agree as this review from the Nottinghamshire newsletter shows. This book by Dr. David Aston and Dr. Sally Bucknall could well turn out to be the book of the decade(or 21st century , take your pick).It is packed full of relevant practical information backed up by sufficient theory to suit the purists. It is easy to read and the layout cannot be faulted. Everything, and I mean everything, a budding beekeeper or one with many years experience, needs to know is here. It should be on every beekeeper’s bookshelf. The publisher and both distinguished authors should be congratulated for bringing this splendid volume to us at a relatively low price.
Essential reading for the serious candidate who wishes to investigate this relationship further. While mainly of interest to beekeepers, gardeners, biologists, agriculturalists & horticulturalists will find much of interest to them. Awarded an Apimondia Bronze Medal.
John Atkinson draws on his long and varied experience as a beekeeping adviser, honey farmer, bee breeder and writer, to help beekeepers to understand the complexities of this most important aspect of the craft. This is a thoroughly absorbing book – an up to date treatise on the philosophy and practice of bee breeding.