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Langstroth's Hive and the Honey Bee

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The Classic Beekeeper's Manual by L.L. Langstroth
Paperback. 410 pages. Fascimile edition
This influential guide by the Reverend Langstroth, "the father of modern beekeeping," revolutionised the practice of beekeeping. Originally published in 1853, his work constitutes the first descriptive treatise of modern bee management. This book explains and illustrates techniques still used 165 years later, including the author's patented invention: a movable frame hive that quickly spread around the world.
In his reader-friendly, nontechnical style, Langstroth addresses every aspect of beekeeping, from physiology, diseases and pests, to lifecycles, hives and bee handling. 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 is packed with practical and intriguing insights gained through his years of observation and experience, and written in quaint poetic style, including "the kindness of bees to one another," "their infatuation for liquid sweets," and "the warning given by bees before stinging."
This is a treasure trove for any modern beekeeper, and a fabulous source of trivia and history. Many, many books have been written on beekeeping and much learned since Langstroth's days, but few accounts beat this one for quality, glory and unabashed wonder for Apis mellifera.
This is afacsimile of the fourth edition of Langstroth's A Practical Treatise on the Hive and the Honey-Bee, published originally in 1878. It remains an unsurpassed resource for beekeepers.