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Huber's New Observations Upon Bees the Complete Volumes I & II [Hardcover]

Francis Huber , Michael Bush , Charles Pierre Dadant

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Book Description

Jan. 9 2012
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.

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  • Hardcover: 674 pages
  • Publisher: X-Star Publishing Company (Jan. 9 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161476056X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614760566
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #426,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Honeybee Naturalist March 26 2012
By Carl Chesick - Published on Amazon.com
Kudos to Michael Bush for making this brilliant work available in a clear and readable format! Until now, one had to be very persistant to find Huber's observations in any form - but reading them reveals a clarity of thought rarely glimpsed. LL Langstroth was well-aware of Huber's discoveries and gave full credit in his day - but time has muddied the waters and clouded the genius of this blind man's methods. Many of the things we now know of honeybees were deciphered nearly two hundred years ago - and you can follow the logic of Huber's investigations as if you are there with him.

Personally, I find the older naturalists to be more original and compelling in their writing - and if you are a modern beekeeper, you will be surprised how much of the information in this book is still relevant today.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Beekeeping out there April 30 2012
By Zardiw - Published on Amazon.com
Bush has done an amazing job bringing this to beekeepers everywhere. His no nonsense approach to beekeeping is refreshing to say the least. If you want to keep bees, this book is essential.............z
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Stop Shopping March 19 2012
By Dwight V. West - Published on Amazon.com
Started out with Practical Bee Keeper which wet my whistle and working thru Huber's New Observations Upon Bees to gather the historical and nitty gritty that contributed to the Practical Bee Keeper. Join a local Bee Keepers Club and acquire both these books to compliment a naturalist approach to bee keeping.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very dry read Dec 5 2012
By MattCB - Published on Amazon.com
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I am new to beekeeping and enjoy reading all that I can about keeping an apiary. I purchased this book in the hopes that I could learn some of the history of beekeeping. This book is the newest translation of Mr. Huber's Observations Upon Bees.

1) Book is a nicely bound hardback, shold stand up to years of hard use.
2) Was introduced to the "leaf" style hive. Faily good diagrams, should be able to use them to make one of your own if needed.

1) This book is based upon expirements directed by a blind naturalist, and conducted and recorded by his servant in the 1800's (or around there, don't have the book handy atm) Due to the combination of the conclusions being narrated to someone else to write, this being translated into english, and the writing style of the period it can be fairly dry.
2) There is some information presented in this book that has been proven false. As these experiments were conducted over 100 yrs ago, not to suprising. If you have any knowledge of beekeeping, it is fairly obvious but needs to be stated.

All in all an interesting read if you want to learn about how the knowledge of beekeeping evolved in Europe, but not for someone looking to get into the hobby or be more succesful at it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good reference book March 25 2014
By David J. Little - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the book and it has helped me very much. It has helped me in my beekeeping and will improve my hive outcome.

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