Books referring to the history of the craft
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.
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.