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EPub seems to be the standard and allows text to be reformatted to fit the screen so it will flow down the page. You can change fonts and it will still make it work without "pan and scan". Kindle and Kindle apps for smart phones and other devices, seems to be the only readers that do not support it.

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If you need a format I don't have let me know and I'll see what I can do. There are hundreds and I have to set each one up as a different product, so I would like to stick with ones people need.

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The Practical Beekeeper

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Details: Hardback 6 x 9 in. B&W 676 pages 1-15/16" thick 219 illustrations.

Things to consider:

This book is mostly a rework of what is on my website for free. I don't want you to buy it and be disappointed that there isn't very much new here. You can get it organized in the form of a book and have something more permanent. If you want to see if you like my writing, read my web site first.

This is three volumes in one hardback book. Below you will find each volume separately in paperback. It is divided up as "Volume I Beginning Beekeeping Naturally", "Volume II Intermediate Beekeeping Naturally" and "Volume III Advanced Beekeeping Naturally". The paperbacks below are the same material and even the same page numbering but allow people to buy just a beginning book if they like and then buy more as they advance. So you also should keep this in mind when looking for and buying the book.

Also, this is the same material as you will read here on the web site, so if you have an opinion on the material, please post a review on your favorite bookseller's site, or better, all the ones listed above.




The Practical Beekeeper Volume I Beginning Natural Beekeeping

$17

This is just Volume one of the above complete book. It is just the "Beginning" section of the book and it's paperback.

Details: Paperback 6 x 9 in. B&W 282 pages 44 illustrations.

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The Practical Beekeeper Volume II Intermediate Natural Beekeeping

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This is just Volume two of the above complete book. It is just the "Intermediate" section of the book and it's paperback.

Details: Paperback 6 x 9 in. B&W 220 pages 68 illustrations.

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The Practical Beekeeper Volume I Beginning Natural Beekeeping

$17

This is just Volume three of the above complete book. It is just the "Advanced" section of the book and it's paperback.

Details: Paperback 6 x 9 in. B&W 188 pages 107 illustrations.

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Huber's New Observations Upon Bees Huber's New Observations, back cover

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Details: Hardback 6 x 9 in. B&W 674 pages 1-15/16" thick 149 illustrations.

What Huber discovered and wrote about here, laid the ground work for all the practical knowledge we have of bees today. His discoveries were so revolutionary, that beekeeping can be divided in two eras very easily as pre-Huber and post-Huber.

This edition of Huber's Observations by far surpasses any other edition ever printed in the English language. First it has both Volume I and II, while every English edition currently in print that I am aware of is only Volume I of the 1809 edition. which is only a third of the final Huber book. The second volume was published in 1814 in French 5 years after that 1809 edition and contains Huber's research on the origin of wax, the construction of comb, the ventilation of the hive and much more.

Second, it is the best English translation from the original French and the only one I know of that has both volumes. C.P. Dadant, was uniquely qualified to do the translation. Dadant was born in France and French was his first language, yet he spent most of his life beekeeping; and writing and editing beekeeping articles and books in America in English.

Third, all of the English editions currently in print have only 2 plates (if any). Only the previous Dadant edition (1926) had all 14 of the original plates but unfortunately they were only halftones of some old yellow copies and are not very readable. This edition has new scans from a very good condition edition of the original 1814 French of both Volumes of Nouvelles Observations Sur Les Abeilles so these are clearer than any previous edition other than the original 1814 French edition. An additional engraving of Huber's work from Cheshire's book, plus an engraving of Francis Huber from the Dadant edition have been included. In addition, 7 more photos of a museum quality reproduction of Huber's Leaf hive have also been included. All figures have been split out and enlarged and put in the text where they are referred to. Photos of the original plates are included at the back for historic and artistic purposes.

Fourth, to put this book in context I have included a memoir of Huber by Professor De Candolle, a friend of Huber. This gives a bit of background on Huber's life.

Fifth, the only other edition to come close to this, the 1926 edition by Dadant, was in very small print. This one is 12 point and a typeface that appears to be larger and is very readable.

Here are the sources for this edition. The green cloth bound one is the 1926 C.P. Dadant translation. The leather bound ones are the original 1814 French edition of both volumes used to get good reproductions of the plates:
Original French and Dadant Editions

At least a thousand hours of work went into just the plates in this edition. I started out working with the C.P. Dadant version, which is by far the best and the only really complete English translation, but the plates were not good. Here is a typical example of one.
Volume 2 Plage 4

So I purchased a very good original of the 1814 French version where the plates first appeared and they looked like this:
Volume 2 Plage 4

The figures were often out of order and the figure numbers difficult to read, and the background was not clean, so and, after filtering and tweaking in PhotoShop, I cleaned up the background by hand, retypeset the figure numbers and put the figures in sequence and the plate appears in the book now as this:
Volume 2 Plage 4

Then in the flow of the text I put each of the figures where they are referred to at maximum useful size usually on their own page:
Volume 2 Plage 4 Fig 4






Classic Queen Rearing Compendium

$54

These men laid the groundwork and worked out the details of practical systems of queen rearing. Pellet did a lot of distilling down of the various systems, which is very valuable, Smith perfected a lot of what Doolittle started. Miller and Hopkins were the queen rearing examples for the beekeeper who just wanted a few good queens for themselves. If you want to raise queens, these books are the place to start. Hardback. 828 pages 249 Illustrations. Available from most online bookstores including:

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Practical Queen Rearing

$17

Practical Queen Rearing is a good overview of most of the queen rearing methods. You can buy the book from most online bookstores including:

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The Australasian Bee Manual

$29

The Australasian Bee Manual was probably the most influential book from New Zealand and Australia. You can buy the book from most online bookstores including:

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Better Queens

$12.50

Jay Smith was one of the great beekeepers and queen breeders of all time. There are many queen breeding books by scientists or small-scale breeders, but this is by a beekeeper who raised thousands of queens every year. This is much more applicable to practical queen rearing. This is also a method that does not require grafting, good for those of us who can't see well enough to graft, and does not require the purchase of special equipment, good for those of us lacking in the funds to buy one of the graftless systems on the market. This is a reprint so the old pictures are not the highest quality.

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Queen Rearing Simplified

$12.50

Queen Rearing Simplified is one of the most popular queen rearing books of all time written by a man who raised a lot of good queens. It is no longer in print, so I am trying to keep Jay's wisdom alive here. There are many queen breeding books by scientists or small-scale breeders, but this is by a beekeeper who raised thousands of queens every year. I think what he has to say is much more applicable to practical queen rearing. This is a reprint so the old pictures are not the highest quality.

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Cleanup of the Huber plates, photos and covers Copyright 2011. by Michael Bush