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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Best Honeybee Naturalist March 26 2012
By Carl Chesick - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
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One Stop Shopping March 19 2012
By Dwight V. West - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
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Best Book on Beekeeping out there April 30 2012
By Zardiw - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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
Very good reference book March 25 2014
By David J. Little - Published on
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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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Very dry read Dec 5 2012
By MattCB - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.