The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting 1st Edition
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"Highly recommended as an outstanding source of information in bees and beekeeping. General readers; undergraduates through professionals." -- Choice
About the Author
- Publisher : Routledge; 1st edition (October 13, 1999)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 704 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0415924677
- ISBN-13 : 978-0415924672
- Item Weight : 4 pounds
- Dimensions : 9 x 2 x 11.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,886,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Her field research and travels in parts of Europe, the Middle East and Southeast-Asia places greatly influence -- perhaps too much -- her coverage of beekeeping in these areas. She provides good general coverage of traditional hives in history and in current usage.
However, her research pretty much stops at 1998 or so, and thus has little to say about the recent proliferation of top bar and other unframed hives in "emerging economies" and in the West.
Substantially missing are discussion of post-Langstroth developments in hive design and beekeeping methodology. For instance, the early-mid 20th Century writings of Abbé Émile Warré and later non-Rationalist trends in beekeeping are not mentioned. Warré's Ruche Populaire (People's Hive) has been rescued from a half-century of obscurity, and is gaining adherents in the post-Rational beekeeping movement of the 21st Century.
So this book has excellent coverage of beekeeping's history, proving that humans have been doing it for an awfully long time; yet it is a dated work of pre-internet scholarship, and so its limitations must be kept in mind.
Eva Crane has just about left no stone unturned in her research for this book and has covered all four corners of the Globe.
The evolution of beekeeping is fascinating and this book cover an increadable time line from early man right up to present time.
The illustrations are plentiful and very well presented throughout the book.
A must for any beekeepers library.
Top reviews from other countries
It says 'Ethel' Crane on the listing but the book says 'Eva' Crane. Anyway one and the same person, THE authority on bees. Her style is engaging, thorough and very readable. Lots of charts, photos, illustrations. Would delight a bumbling amateur (such as myself) or a far more learned person.
The book is large and heavy. I would recommend sitting it on a beanbag book rest on your knees and also having a good bookmark. Typeface is clear. Layout is good.
The book seems to command a huge price in some places. I was lucky enough to get it for about £65. I found out later than you can buy it from the online bookshop Eva Crane IBRA (International Bee Research Association) in Cardiff for £99 at the time of writing this, which is way cheaper than some people are offering. Personally I think it is worth every penny but I am a keen natural beekeeper with an interest in history and geography too.
The print quality is also very bad and the same is for the paper.
The price is quite a fraud and the description given is deceptive.
And The book is a classic
By reading it, it opens another world
and further study