Books referring to the history of the craft
The foundations of modern movable comb beekeeping were laid by men and women with inquiring minds who saw that the methods then in use could be improved by careful observation of the behaviour of bees, They were seeking to escape from the limitations imposed by the traditional methods in use before movable combs were devised.In these essays Karl Showler has looked at the beekeeping methods used in Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Canada and the United States. This is an international book which attempts to transcend the limits of continental and national boundaries. Each essay stands alone but is interlinked through the knowledge then available as beekeepers sought to improve the methods and equipment then in use. Karl has not attempted to look at beekeeping after the Second World War when the use of plastics has, to some degree, altered beekeeping. The widely read author has gone back as far as possible to contemporary publications. He has not explored the methods and equipment used by ‘factory beekeeping’ or ‘honey processing’, limiting himself to the basic keeping of bees in beehives.
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.
Malcolm Fraser, a past President of the British Beekeepers Association has written a most interesting account of the development of beekeeping in Great Britain. Through these pages past beekeepers come to life as the real people who have made beekeeping what it is today.
An account of the life of Brother Adam of Buckfast Abbey, a world famous beekeeper, by a Devon beekeeper who travelled with Adam on some of his journeys searching for the perfect bee. The story of Brother Adam and Buckfast Abbey two names that will always be linked in the beekeepers mind. An updated edition of the 1989 volume.
A close-up view of the secret lives of bees. Combining gorgeous photography and engaging text, A Short History of the Honey Bee follows the journey from flower to hive to honey throughout history – including chapters on beekeeping, how lives work, turning nectar into honey, and why the honey bee’s well-being is vital to us all.Images by Ilona
This book is in commemoration of the centenary of the present Somerset Beekeepers Association established in 1906 by L.E. Snelgrove. It recounts the progress of events and also profiles the lives and the beekeeping of prominent peopled involved. We believe that this is the best county history, in terms of readability so far published in Great Britain.
Bees in America is an enlightened cultural history of bees and beekeeping in the United States. Tammy Horn, herself a beekeeper, offers a varied social and technological history from the colonial period, when the British first introduced bees to the New World, to the present, when bees are being used by the American military to detect bombs. Horn shows how beekeeping and honey have influenced so much of our U.S. history and culture. American beekeepers will be grateful that Horn is sharing the story of their love affair worth the honey bee to the general population. Bees in America is a welcome respite from out fast-paced technology-driven society” – Joe Graham, editor American Bee Journal.