Books referring to the history of the craft
An interesting insight into the illustrative importance of bee symbols throughout the world. It is almost with some reverence that we acknowledge the value to man over the years of the honeybee. This value cannot be over-estimated, nor can we fail to be fascinated by the community life of the honeybee. Down the years many myths and superstitions, from many cultures, have developed around the honeybee, which have led her to be regarded by some cultures as a symbol of the soul of man. Coupled with these myths and superstitions are the examples of the honeybee’s skills and industriousness leading to her being rightly regarded as a model to appreciate. Thus many tangible signs, symbols, and motifs have developed which incorporate hives and honeybees and my review showing a selection of some of them also aims to give some relative information. From time to time familiar signs and symbols become lost or are changed; examples of this quite frequently occur with Beehive inn signs. I have been greatly assisted by many organisations and friends who have been keenly interested and very willing to give help, without which I could not have completed the review, and I am very grateful to them.
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.
The author is not concerned with Bee-keeping, but with the sacredness of the Bee, with her purity, with the Honey which figures so largely in early religious rites and which was known to the Greeks as the ‘Food of the Gods’. We are told of the myths and superstitions connected with the Bee, which are found among the folklore of many peoples, of the story that she was ‘Ox-born’, was a symbol of the soul of man, and that she was the only creature who came to the earth unchanged from Paradise. The concluding chapter deals with beelore today among many of the primitive peoples of Asia, Africa, and Australia .. This is the most important book written on the bee in folklore & myths. Its world coverage explains the reason for this premier position.