Books referring to the history of the craft
In 1895 there was, in the American Bee Journal, a department of “Questions and Answers,” with Doctor C. C. Miller in charge, the object being to give information to readers on special subjects, perplexing to the beekeeper, and not specifically covered by the different bee literature. In the twenty-two years that Doctor Miller has answered these queries of subscribers … almost every subject in beekeeping has been touched. His wide experience, his inimitable style, and the clearness with which he writes have made these answers invaluable. The present volume is a compilation of a thousand questions, culled out of many thousands and arranged in alphabetical order for convenience. Its object is not to supplant existing text-books on beekeeping, but rather to supplement them.
Queen bee. Worker bees. Busy as a bee. These phrases have shaped perceptions of women for centuries, but how did these stereotypes begin? Who are the women who keep bees and what can we learn from them? This examines the fascinating evolution of the relationship between women and bees around the world. From Africa to Australia to Asia, women have participated in the pragmatic aspects of honey hunting and in the more advanced skills associated with beekeeping.
Bee-Master Revisited is a revised autobiography of George Wakeford, BEM, a celebrated Sussex Master Beekeeper. His uncanny expertise in the handling of bees and his service to hundreds of novices and clients earned him a reputation as a country genius not only among his fellow beekeepers but also with ‘lay’ persons, journalists, local historians and TV producers alike. With his passing in 1985, any chance of him revising his slim autobiography was lost. His little book was long out of print and hard to find, even second-hand. Those who knew him or learned of his remarkable life and accomplishments have requested a reissue. NBB welcomed this opportunity but considered that his fascinating life story, as he tells it in his natural Sussex way, is far too modest and brief to do the man justice. Accordingly Geoffrey Lawes, with the substantial assistance of Roger Patterson and George’s daughter Josie, has edited his original work, and added much background detail which supports George’s text. He enlarges on his life story, offers lucidity on elementary beekeeping, provides generous early 20th century photographs and gives a concrete realisation of country life as lived by a unique English countryman.
First published in 1999, this 2011 reprint edition brings this title to many beekeepers who were unable to obtain the earlier edition. The World History is the first book to explore in detail man’s use of bees from prehistoric times to the present day. It is a seminal work and will remain so as long as books are read. Eva Crane (1912-2007) was a scientist, and Director of the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) from 1949 to 1984 when she retired to concentrate on her writing. In the course of her many travels she obtained first-hand knowledge of traditional and modern beekeeping in some sixty countries, and also honey hunting where it was still practised.
Thomas William Cowan was head of the beekeeping establishment in Britain for the first fifty years of its existence, and had a substantial influence on the manner in which honey bees are domestically kept today. In this volume Bob Hawker attempts to uncover the real T W Cowan by tracing his life through his education, family life, business interests, travels, conflicts, writings,inventions and bee-keeping, The result is often surprising and sometimes not pleasing.
Victorian lives, buttoned up by religion, buttoned down by class distinctions, bursting with energy, is here exemplified by the world of beekeeping. Shipwrecks, suicides, disease, jingoism, self-advertisement, ignorance, politics, social privilege, bankruptcy, fires, unemployment, emigration, disaster and death! A very readable account by Geoffrey Lawes on Victorian beekeeping and the establishment of the BBKA.
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.