Full Book List
Full book list of all available new books. Alphabetical by author.
A charming and practical guide to accompany the beekeeper through each season of the beekeeping year. In-depth but simple instruction for all the techniques you need, from choosing and siting your hive to controlling swarms, rearing queens and, of course, harvesting the tastiest honey. Packed with expert advice for beekeepers of all levels, weather you are just starting out or an experienced apiarist wishing to develop your skills. Ron Brown (OBE) has over 50 years’ experience of keeping bees, both in Britain and central Africa. A former editor of the monthly journal Beekeeping, he has travelled al over the world to give lectures on specialist beekeeping topics.Ron Brown first produced this classic title in 1985 and Batsford the publishers are to be congratulated with this updated 2011 reprint, While lacking the rather poor photos of the earlier edition the information and readability of this edition is first rate.Ron died early in April 2011 but his wisdom and knowledge lives on.
This 4th edition has an updated candle making section and more on wax casting than the previous editions. In 1981 Beeswax was the first UK published book on the subject for nearly 75 years since Cowan’s Waxcraft. It contains details on the history, chemical content, and the many uses of beeswax. The 20 illustrations are carefully chosen to make this an essentially practical book for the beekeeper, wax candle and polish maker as well as the interested reader, who may have often wondered what produced the shine on the dining room table.
Many years ago Wedmore said that most of the problems in beekeeping could be solved by taking something out of, or putting something into a nucleus. How very wise !! This monograph, dealing with the much smaller three mini-frame size could well be the answer to many beekeeping problems.
This the first of a series of booklets which gather together the contributions by leading beekeepers to The Beekeepers Quarterly. Ron Brown OBE, B.Sc was a most practical beekeeper with experience in both in Africa and the UK. These articles cover all aspects of the craft and serve as a fine memorial to a great beekeeper as well as passing on his hard gained knowledge to a new generation of beekeepers.
Practical Beekeeping is a comprehensive guide to the bee and its management, by an internationally recognised authority on the subject. Topics covered in the book include: the bee and its environment, hives and other equipment, colony management and dealing with the crop. Profusely illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned line illustrations, this book will be an invaluable addition to the bookshelf of anyone involved in beekeeping.
Charles Butler (1560-1647), sometimes called the Father of English Beekeeping, was a logician, grammarist, author,minister (Vicar of Wootton St Lawrence, near Basingstoke, England), and an influential beekeeper. He was also an early proponent of English spelling reform. He observed that bees produce wax combs from scales of wax produced in their own bodies; and he was among the first to assert that drones are male and the queen female, though he believed worker bees lay eggs. A classic beekeeping title.
The Feminine Monarchie is an early and remarkable work of English natural history, first published in 1609, and written by a scholarly country parson of wide ranging interests. Like the later Gilbert White of Selborne, a distant relation, Charles Butler had a deep curiosity about the natural world and recorded his discoveries methodically, in keeping with the growing scientific mood of the seventeenth century.
Butler was the author of several books on subjects as diverse as music, grammar, logic, and church law. He was also a noted beekeeper and The Feminine Monarchie is the classic English beekeeping text, earning Butler the title ‘father of English bee-keeping’. The book explores the world of the honey bee with a keen intelligence, and makes implicit reference to Elizabeth I’s long reign as England’s female monarch.
This is the first new edition of The Feminine Monarchie to be published for over three hundred years, and contains a new introduction, as well as annotations and a glossary of the more obscure words used by Butler. The spelling and grammar have been modernised throughout. This edition has been prepared from the 1623 edition, which includes Butler’s famous ‘Bees Madrigal’.
John Owen is vicar of two rural parishes in Hampshire, in the South Downs National Park, thirty miles from Butler’s parish of Wootton St Lawrence in the same country. He keeps bees, poultry and goats and is rural advisor in the Diocese of Portsmouth.