Books referring to the history of the craft
Upon her death in 2007, the New York Times acknowledged that Eva Crane wrote some of the most important books on bees and apiculture. A Book of Honey is one of her seminal works and must be on the shelves of anyone who is serious about understanding honey. Not only does it describe how and why bees make honey, but she also describes in detail the constituents and characteristics of honey. There is a chapter on the uses of honey in the kitchen as well as mead-making, medical remedies and cosmetics.
Eva describes the history of honey starting from the evolution of plants and bees, then on to the harvesting of honey by humans over the past 10,000 years and its religious significance and beliefs.
There is a huge databank of information to facilitate further detailed study, making this an essential read for both teachers and students. Please note that Eva’ s comments at the end of her preface refer to the original cover which as now been replaced in this 2019 reprint.
This history is designed to cover American beekeeping down to the time of the World War. In some cases it has been necessary to cover events since that date in order to complete the story of subjects initiated prior to that time .. The World War brought great changes to American beekeeping with emphasis on production and marketing of honey, rather than on beekeeping as an interesting diversion, as it long had been. With the high prices which came with the postwar boom, expansion became the rule, and the rank and file of beemen became honey producers rather than beekeepers as of old .. This change came suddenly, which uprooted so many human institutions, and closed that period sometimes spoken of as “The Golden Age of Beekeeping.”
Frank Chapman Pellett, Hamilton, Illinois, January 26, 1938.
The internationally acclaimed honeybee photographer Eric Tourneret spent fifteen years traveling the world to capture the awe-instilling diversity of bees and beekeeping traditions on six continents. His fascination with the bees and the richness of human culture led to the creation of the most stunning collection of bee photography ever produced, complemented by the writing of his spouse Sylla de Saint Pierre.
Shot in 23 countries, Honey From the Earth is an enchanted journey to discover the sweetness and beauty of our planet, and a powerful plea to protect and restore Mother Earth.
This is the remarkable story of Mary Bumby who was the first person to take honeybees to New Zealand. When, in 1838, her brother, John, was appointed as superintendent missionary at the Mangungu Mission House in New Zealand she decided to accompany him to look after him and act as his housekeeper.
Because John liked honey Mary took with her two skeps of bees on the fivemonth long voyage, arriving in New Zealand in March 1839.
Both Mary and John were devout Wesleyan Methodists and their faith must have helped them through the many trials and tribulations they suffered during the years at the Mission House.
Following on from the work “Beekeeping in Victorian Nottinghamshire” which covered the reign of Queen Victoria from her accession in 1837 until her death in 1901, this work covers the half-century from then to the death in 1952 of King George VI. (During the period of this work Britain was ruled by ruled by three kings plus one who relinquished the crown – hence the title.)
This book is a series of Articles compiled mainly from the articles in the Scottish Beekeeper magazine.
It is a book about practical beekeeping.
The vast majority of articles have been written by Ian Craig MBE, Eric McArthur; and Charles Irwin, who are members of the Glasgow and District Beekeepers’ Association and have made a huge contribution to Scottish beekeeping over the years. All three are Expert Beekeepers and if their experience was measured in beekeeping years (1 year for each year a beehive kept) it would amount to thousands. This book only covers the areas they have published, their knowledge is even more encompassing. Ian as Education Convener of the Scottish Beekeepers Association, helped educate at least 2 generations of beekeepers – through workshops on microscopy, honey and wax as well as through his Association talks. Eric and Charlie have mentored numerous people passing on their expertise. All 3 being involved in running the beginner classes on beekeeping in the Glasgow area.
This book, hopefully will not just be a book to mark the centenary of the Glasgow and District Beekeepers Association but also a book to mark the contribution these beekeepers have made as well as being a reference book and source of information regarding beekeeping.
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 excellently researched book is not only of interest to Nottinghamshire beekeepers but to all who have an interest in the history of beekeeping. The long years of Queen Victoria’s reign was an important time in the development of the craft and its organisation.
The wide ranging contents are a mixture of longer extracts from contemporary sources complimented by shorter items which add much to this marvellous picture of Victorian beekeeping. For example the theft of hives were rewarded by jail terms, often with hard labour and solitary confinement. Would this deter the bee rustlers of today?
Beekeeping in Victorian Nottinghamshire joins David Charles title on Somerset beekeeping as a must read for all those interested in the development of the craft.
William Hamilton was the author of the classic Scottish bee book – The Art of Beekeeping. This gripping account of life in Garelochhead a century ago will be of interest particularly to local historians and beekeepers with a delight in Scottish history.
Management methods and beekeeping technique are featured in this volume, emphasizing those in Italy and France as the European Union was forming. The content focuses on the development of apiculture in both the New and Old World, reflecting on similarities and differences, and based on the principle that “all beekeeping is local.” It features conversations with unique personalities, as well as reports of various scientific and beekeepers’ meetings. Descriptions of visits to research laboratories and distinctive European beekeeping settings round out this unique contribution to the apicultural literature.