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Langstroth's Hive and the Honey-Bee: The Classic Beekeeper's Manual

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The first descriptive treatise of modern bee management. In a reader-friendly, enthusiastic 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; the handling of bees; and many other topics. 25 plates.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 20th 2004 by Dover Publications (first published 1857)
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Jun 08, 2013 Fred rated it really liked it
Shelves: apiary
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 sam
Nov 16, 2007 Philip rated it liked it
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 setti
Apr 12, 2010 Tish rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 07, 2013 Johanna rated it it was amazing
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.
Michael Howell
Feb 23, 2014 Michael Howell rated it liked it
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.
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Nov 16, 2009 Sweetman Sweetman rated it it was amazing
This man modernized beekeeping. Readable and so intresting
Jodie Gatlin
Nov 03, 2007 Jodie Gatlin rated it it was amazing
How to keep bees...even in the city. Bee bible.
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