Published by Northern Bee Books
Catalogue of all new books published by Northern Bee Books. Alphabetical by author.
This volume was first published in 1947 and revised in 1951. With the present interest in beekeeping and the need once more to breed more queens, this reprint of Abbott’s second edition has been reproduced with the support of the family. It should provide a valuable addition to the literature.
This is the definitive account of beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey. It is not a manual but a general account of the beekeeping as carried out at Buckfast. It demonstrates that every piece of equipment, every manipulation, every aspect of management was designed to achieve the best possible result, calling for a minimum of effort and time, a lesson we can all learn to our beekeeping advantage.
In Search of the Best Strains of Bees is an account of a unique series of journeys (1950-1977) to investigate the exact whereabouts and characteristics of the different races of honeybees in Europe. Written by a world expert on practical breeding.
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.