This influential guide by the Reverend L. L. Langstroth, "the father of modern beekeeping," revolutionized the practice of beekeeping. Originally published in 1853, his work constitutes the first descriptive treatise of modern bee management — its innovations allowed people to engage in actual beekeeping, rather than simply handling bee domiciles and extracting the honey.This influential guide by the Reverend L. L. Langstroth, "the father of modern beekeeping," revolutionized the practice of beekeeping. Originally published in 1853, his work constitutes the first descriptive treatise of modern bee management — its innovations allowed people to engage in actual beekeeping, rather than simply handling bee domiciles and extracting the honey. This book explains and illustrates techniques still employed 150 years later — including the author's patented invention, a movable frame hive that quickly spread into common use around the world.In his reader-friendly, nontechnical style, Langstroth addresses every aspect of beekeeping: bee physiology; diseases and enemies of bees; the life-cycles of the queen, drone, and worker; bee-hives; and the handling of bees. An infectious sense of wonder and enthusiasm suffuses Langstroth's accounts of natural and artificial swarming, the production of honey and wax, and the best methods of feeding bees and maintaining an apiary. The manual abounds in practical and intriguing insights attained through the years of observation and experience, including "the kindness of bees to one another," "their infatuation for liquid sweets," and "the warning given by bees before stinging."This version of Langstroth's ever-popular manual is the fourth and final edition; it incorporates the author's own revisions and remains an unsurpassed resource for beekeepers....
|Title||:||Langstroth's Hive and the Honey-Bee: The Classic Beekeeper's Manual|
|Number of Pages||:||464 Pages|
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Langstroth's Hive and the Honey-Bee: The Classic Beekeeper's Manual Reviews
The good Reverend sure knew his bees. However, for somebody who did a sermon every week he wasn't as smooth at slipping in the biblical references as I would have thought. The preachy parts weren't at all overly preachy, but the didn't flow particularly well. For that matter, flow was an issue in general.Have to give him high marks for creativity and keen insights. He changed the beekeeping world, no doubt about it. It's striking to read a work from the 1850's that articulates almost all the same issues that are around today (with the exception of pesticides).Seemed rather long and in the last chapter he said so himself!
A bee-keeper at the farmer's market in Raleigh told me that this was the last word in bee-keeping. That seems doubtful. I didn't read every word, and it was certainly a neat read in many respects, but not in the practical way I was hoping.Langstroth, himself, was a rural Ohio Episcople priest who was given to melancholy and turned to bees as an expression of the now-obsolere amature naturalist. (See Mendel, et al.) In all the ways that the book reflectsthat tradition (as well as the type setting and wood cuts) it's a great book. As a field manual for someone wanting to keep bees, it was less helpful.
The "Great Book" of beekeeping wherein Langstroth introduces the reasoning behind the modern form of hive (basically a three dimensional Cartesian space that allows bees to be their oblong-hive-building selves while allowing the beekeeping to access rectangular frames of honey). If you ever find yourself in the position of justifying an innovative technology, the introduction can double as a useful how-to.
An indispensable reference and compendium of bee knowledge. A lot of it will feel anachronistic because we KNOW many of these things already--we know his hive is the best because we still use it--but nevertheless his descriptions and insights on bee behavior still hold to this day, and his passion for the bees and love of them is evident. Langstroth was bipolar, and beekeeping saved his life.
How to keep bees...even in the city. Bee bible.
I like reading old texts and this was no exception. I'm doing a bit of research into starting up bee-keeping and the history nerd in me couldn't help but add this one to my work.
This man modernized beekeeping. Readable and so intresting
A bit dated, a classic by the man who made keeping modern. And a fellow Philadelphia.