Books referring to the history of the craft
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.
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.
Thomas Bates Blow was from a working class background and leading a life with little direction until he was befriended by a member of a leading British family: with his patronage and much hard work, Thomas laid the foundation of what was to become the largest business in Europe supplying the requirements of beekeepers. This volume charts the history of Welwyn, from its birth through the challenging changes and large expansion in the last two decades of the nineteenth century through to the Company being put into liquidation after more than a century of trading. From zero to zero in three acts, with three leading men, changing scenery and a large supporting cast involving conflict, changed of ownership, fires, World wars, no inflation, high inflation, but mostly about bees, beekeeping and beekeepers and the vagaries that come with that fascinating mix.
Following the Wild Bees is a delightful foray into the pastime of bee hunting, an exhilarating outdoor activity that used to be practiced widely but which few people know about today. Thomas Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, vividly describes the history and science behind this lost pastime and how anyone can do it. Following the Wild Bees is both a unique meditation on the pleasures of the natural world and a guide to the ingenious methods that compose the craft of the bee hunter.
Seeley explains how one finds a patch of flowers humming with honey bees, captures and sumptuously feeds the bees, and then releases and follows them, step-by-step in whatever direction they fly, back to their secret residence in a hollow tree, old building, or abandoned hive. The bee hunter’s reward is a thrilling encounter with nature that challenges mind and body while also giving new insights into the remarkable behavior of honey bees living in the wild.
Drawing on decades of experience as a bee hunter and bee biologist, Seeley weaves informative discussions of the biology of wild honey bees with colorful historical anecdotes, personal insights, and beautiful photos. Whether you’re a bee enthusiast or just curious about the natural world, Following the Wild Bees is the ideal companion for newcomers to bee hunting and a rare treat for armchair naturalists,
This is a tale, punctuated with short myth-like stories, which describes a honey-hunting episode in darkest Africa at the dawn of civilisation. The prose is magnificent, the stories delightful, a book to take you far, far away from the despoiled world in which we live today.