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The Spell of the Honey Bee

Nature volume 162, page 8 (03 July 1948) | Download Citation



THE flrst edition of this book appeared in 1945 it was rapidly exhausted. This in itself is a tribute to its merits and that it has fulfilled a need. The author is to be congratulated on the publication of a second edition so soon afterwards and, in his revision, he has taken the opportunity of rewriting the chapter dealing with bee diseases. The book is one of the most attractive bee-keeping manuals we can recall. The essentials of the craft are explained with a freshness of style that is one of the book‘s special attractions. Also, its value is enhanced by the copious series of half-tone plates, some of which are of exceptionai merit. The working drawings of hives and appliances are an additional feature that makes the text easy to follow. Written as a manual for beginners, and with the idea of producing efficient bee-keepers, nevertheless the more experienced will find much thatis of interest within its pages. It is obviously outside the scope of the author to discuss the scientific aspects of the bee in any but very general terms and, although he may be a little weak on some parts in this field, the fault scarcely detracts from the merits of the book as a whole.

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