Books referring to the history of the craft
In Pursuit of Liquid Gold tells the fascinating story of the earliest beginnings of beekeeping in South West England with special mention to monastries, weather protection and the beekeepers of the past. It also includes details of surviving bee boles with a very detailed list of them in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. There are 9 colour pictures and, including diagrams, 18 black and white illustrations.
There can be few subjects on which more books have been written than beekeeping. And yet many of them, in their attempt to educate and instruct, neglect the many curious aspects of the subject. Laurie Croft in Curiosities of Beekeeping paints a series of pictures designed to awaken interest in the many fascinating aspects of the craft. The book is divided into seven chapters each dealing with a different aspect of beekeeping. The compilation contains numerous fascinating anecdotes taken from many diverse, and often obscure, sources. The work concludes with an interesting appendix of beekeeping statistics.
An interesting insight into the illustrative importance of bee symbols throughout the world.
The Catalogues of The Scottish Beekeepers Association (3 Volumes, 1939-1984) – The Moir Library.
A Wealth of publishing details reflecting beekeeping literature from the UK and around the world.
Important for bibliophiles.
Three volumes together for £12:
This handbook deals with the annual life cycle,foraging behaviour, predators and parasites, bumblebee conservation, raising bumblebees & suggestions for research projects. Written by two American academics this is an important addition to the literature of these insects.
“Gene Kritsky’s charming book is like Extreme Makeover Home Edition for honey bees. For over 10,000 years, humans have tried to design accommodations for the world’s most useful insect that not only take into account the bees’ remarkable sophisticated behaviour but also allow human landlords to help themselves to the products of their industry. Engagingly written, thoroughly engrossed, and gorgeously illustrated, this book offers a uniquely entertaining and thought-provoking perspective on the long standing partnership between honey bees and humans.” – May R. Berenbaum, Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.’The Quest for the Perfect Hive’ is the perfect read for beekeepers and others interested in the history of honey bee ‘domestication’ – a fascinating walk through our history with one of the word’s most beneficial and useful organisms. Gene Kritsky has compiled an amazing story of our relationship with the honey bee.” – Ric Bessin, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky.