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The world history of beekeeping and honey hunting
Crane, Eva.
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Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxii, 682 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
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SF524 .C738 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author Notes

Eva Crane was director of the International Bee Research Association for 35 years, and is one of the world's leading authorities on bees. Her other books include The Archaeology of Beekeeping (1984), Bees and Beekeeping: Science Practices and World Resources and From Where I Sit: Essays on Bees, Beekeeping, and Science.

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Director of the International Bee Research Association for 35 years, Crane obtained firsthand knowledge of beekeeping during travels in some 60 countries and also honey hunting in places where it is still practiced. Crane wrote The Archaeology of Beekeeping (CH, May'84); Bees and Beekeeping: Science, Practice and World Resources (CH, Dec'90), and many other works. Her newest work is more than five pounds of solid information. She writes: "I realized my good fortune in being one of the first of my generation to travel speedily by air to distant countries and to visit rather remote areas of them. I also came to realize that mine is probably the last generation able to see the world's rich variety of traditional beekeeping and to talk with those who inherited its techniques and skills from their forefathers." Ten parts (and 54 chapters) discuss ancestry and distribution of honey-storing insects; human honey-hunting; history of collecting honey from owned or tended nests; honeybees that nest in the open; history of traditional beekeeping using fixed-comb hives, beekeeping practices, and development of beekeeping with movable-frame hives; history of bee products (honey, beeswax, venom, etc.); and bees and humanity (including use in religious practices). Some 400 black-and-white illustrations; historical photographs; maps; appendixes; 42-page bibliography. Highly recommended as an outstanding source of information in bees and beekeeping. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. R. C. Graves; Bowling Green State University