Beekeeping Books

2011
02.03

The List of Known Beekeeping Books

This is a list I’ve found of books dealing with beekeeping. (It is actually a list of a beekeepers personal collection that I lifted off of a beekeeping forum) This is NOT a list of must-read book list. Just the most comprehensive list I’ve come across.

Books are a great way to spend the winter whilst your hives are under snow. Each book here, I’m sure, will provide a nugget of information found no where else.

So I really want some reviews of these, if you have a copy of one of these books, PLEASE write a quick sentence about it in the comment space below!

1634 The Feminin Monarchi, or the Histori of Bees, Butler, Charles
1722 The True Amazons or the Monarchy of the Bees, Warder, J.
1744 The Natural History of Bees Containing an Account of Their Production,…,Bazin, Gilles Augustin
1756 Collateral Bee Boxes or a New Easy and Advantageous Method, White, Rev Stephen
1765 The True Amazons or the Monarchy of the Bees, Warder, J.
1780 The Practical Bee Master, Keys, John
1814 A Treatise on the Breeding and Management of Bees to the greatest advantage, Keys, John
1817 A Treatise on the Nature, Economy and Practical Management of Bees, Huish, Robert
1829 A Practical Treatise on the Management of Bees, Thacher, James
1830 Scenes of Industry Displayed in the Beehive and the Anthill, Johnstone, Mrs. Christian Isobel
1834 The Management of Bees with a Description of the Ladies Saftey Hive, Bagster, Samuel
1837 A Manual On A Easy Method of Managing Bees, Weeks, John M.
1838 The Management of Bees with a Description of the Ladies Saftey Hive, Bagster, Samuel
1838 The Honey Bee – It’s Natural History Anatomy & Physiology and Management, Bevan, Edward
1839 Humanity to Honeybees, Nutt, Thomas
1839 The Beekeeper’s Manual, Taylor, Henry
1840 A Manual or an Easy Method of Managing Bees, Weeks, John M.
1841 Observations on the Natural History of Bees, Huber, Francis
1842 Bees: Their Natural History and General Management: comprising a full and experimental examination of the various systems of native and foreign aparians; with an analytical expostion of the errors of the thery of Huber, Huish, Robert
1843 Jardine’s Naturalist’s Library, Jardine
1843 A Practical Treatise on Humanity to Honeybees; or Practical Directions for the Management of Honey Bees, upon an improved and Humane Plan, by which the lives of bees may be preserved, and abundance of honey of a superior quality obtained, Townley, Edward
1844 Bees, Their Natural History and General Management, Huish, Robert
1845 The beekeeper, Chylinski Dobrogost
1849 The Beekeeper’s Manual, Taylor, Henry
1850 The American Beekeepers Manual, Miner, T. B.
1851 The Hive and Its Wonders, American Sunday School
1852 The American Beekeepers Manual, Miner, T. B.
1853 Langstroth on the Hive and Honey Bee, Langstroth
1855 A Manual On A Easy Method of Managing Bees, Weeks, John M.
1856 The Cottage Bee Keeper, A Country Curate
1856 The Bee and White Ant, Lardner, D.
1857 On a True Parthenogenesis in Moths & Bee, SIEBOLD, Carl Theobold von
1858 Kidder’s Guide to Apiarian Science, Being A Practical Treatise, Kidder, K.P.
1860 The Honey-bee; its natural history, habits, anatomy and microscopical beauties. Samuelson, James
1860 The Beekeeper’s Manual, Taylor, Henry
1861 Mysteries of Beekeeping Explained, Quinby, M.
1863 The Honey Makers, American Tract
1864 Mysteries of Beekeeping Explained, Quinby, M.
1864 Beekeeping, The Times Bee Master
1866 The Apiary or Bees, Bee-Hives and Bee Culture, Neighbour, Alfred
1866 Mysteries of Beekeeping, Quinby, M.
1868 Secrets of Beekeeping, Kidder, K.P.
1868 The Beekeepers Textbook, King, N. H. & H. A.
1869 The Beekeepers Textbook, King, N. H. & H. A.
1869 The Beekeepers Textbook, King, N. H. & H. A.
1871 Hand-Book in Bee Culture, Wilken, R.
1872 The American Beekeepers’ Guide, Kretchmer, E.
1876 A Practical Treatise on the Hive and the Honey Bee, Langstroth, L.L
1878 The Blessed Bees, Allen, John
1878 Practical Bee Keeping, Cheshire, Frank
1878 The Apiary or Bees, Bee-Hives and Bee Culture, Neighbour, Alfred
1879 A Manual of Rational Beekeeping, De Ribeaucourt, C.
1879 A Manual of Bee Keeping, Hunter, John
1879 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1879 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1880 Britsh Bee Farming its Profits and Pleasures, Robinson, James F
1880 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1881 Manual of the Apiary, Cook, A. J.
1881 The New Beekeepers Textbook, King A.J.
1881 Handy Book of Bees, Pettigrew, A.
1881 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1882 Dzierzon’s Rational Beekeeping, Dzierzon, Jan Dr.
1882 Dzierzon’s Rational Beekeeping, Dzierzon, Jan Dr.
1882 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1883 Modern Beekeeping – A handbook for Cottagers, British Beekeepers Assoc.
1883 A New System of Bee Management, Cotton, Mrs Lizzie
1883 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1884 The Honey-Bee Its nature, Homes, and Products, Harris, W.H.
1884 Bees and Honey, Newman, Thomas G.
1884 Dictionary of Practical Apiculture, Phin, J.
1884 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1885 The Beekeeper’s Handy Book, Alley, Henry
1885 Success in Bee Culture , Heddon, James
1886 Bees and Beekeeping Volume One, Cheshire, Frank
1886 A Year Among the Bees, Miller, C.C.
1886 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1887 Burroughs’ Birds And Bees Sharp Eyes and other Papers, Burroughs
1887 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1887 A Modern Bee Farm, Simmins, S.
1888 The Beekeepers Guide Manual of the Apiary, Cook, A. J.
1888 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1888 The Book of Beekeeping, Webster, W.B.
1889 Scientific Queen Rearing as Practically Applied, Doolittle, G. M.
1890 The Honey Bee – It’s Natural History Anatomy & Physiology, Cowen, T.W.
1890 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1891 Advanced Bee Culture, Hutchinson, W. Z.
1891 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1892 Bees for Pleasure and Profit, Samson, Gorden. G
1895 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1895 Bees Their Habits Management and Treatment, Wood
1895 Bees Their Habits Management and Treatment, Wood
1896 Langstroth on the Honey Bee, Dadant
1896 A What a Women Can Do, Rayne, Mrs. M.L.
1899 The Honey Makers, Morley, Margaret Warner
1899 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1901 The Life of the Bee, Maeterlinck, Maurice
1901 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1903 The Book of the Honey Bee, Harrison, Charles
1903 Forty Years Among the Bees, Miller, C.C.
1903 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1905 How to Keep Bees, Comstock, Anna
1905 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1906 Ants Bees and Wasps, Avebury, Lord
1906 The Swarm, Maeterlinck, Maurice
1907 Are Bees Reflex Machines, Buttel-Reepen, H.V.
1908 Waxcraft all about Beeswax, Cowen, T.W.
1908 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1908 ABC of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1908 Quinby’s New Beekeeping The Mysteries of Beekeeping Explained, Root, L.C
1910 How to Keep Bees for Profit, Lyon, D. Everett
1910 The Habits of the Honey Bee, Phillips, E.F.
1910 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1910 Alexander’s writing on Practical Bee Culture, Root, H.H.
1911 The Lore of the Honey Bee, Edwards, Tickner
1911 Advanced Bee Culture, Hutchinson, W. Z.
1912 Advanced Bee Culture, Hutchinson, W. Z.
1912 The Humble Bee, Sladen, F.W.
1912 The Value of Sweet Clover,
1913 Biggle Bee Book, Biggle, Jacob
1913 Management of Out Apiaries, Doolittle, G. M.
1913 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1914 The Townsend Bee Book or How to Make a Start in Bees, Townsend
1915 Fifty Years Among Bees, Miller, C.C.
1917 How to Keep Bees for Profit, Lyon, D. Everett
1917 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1918 Advanced Bee Culture, Hutchinson, W. Z.
1919 Langstroth on the Hive and Honey Bee, Dadant
1919 Out Apiaries, Dadant, M. G.
1919 Langstroth on the Hive and Honey Bee, Langstroth
1919 Beginner’s Bee Book, Pellett, F.C.
1919 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1920 Dadant System of Beekeeping, Dadant, C.P.
1920 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1921 Bees and Beekeeping Volume One & Two, Cheshire, Frank
1921 Every step in Beekeeping, Douglass, Benjamin Wallace
1923 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1923 Queen Rearing Simplified, Smith, Jay
1924 The British Beekeeper’s Guide Book, Cowen, T.W.
1925 Bee Keeping Do’s And Don’ts, Edwards, Tickner
1926 Huber’s Observations on Bees, Huber, Francis
1926 Huber’s Observations on Bees, Huber, Francis
1926 Honey Plants of North America, Lovell, John H.
1927 Modern Beekeeping, Mace ,Herbert
1927 Starting Right with Bees ROWE HG???, Root, A.
1927 Swarm Control and Comb Honey Production, Sturges, A.M.
1927 Wilder’s System of Beekeeping, Wilder J.J.
1928 Lippincott’s Farm Manuals. Productive Beekeeping, Pellett, F.C.
1928 A Modern Bee Farm, Simmins, S.
1929 Practical Bee-Breeding, Gilman,A
1929 Practical Queen Rearing, Pellett, F.C.
1929 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1929 Catalogue of Bee Books, Walker, Lt. Col. H.J. O.
1930 American Honey Plants, Pellett, F.C.
1931 Beekeeping in Antiquity, Fraser H. Malcolm
1931 Bee Matters and Bee Masters, Mace ,Herbert
1931 A Thousand Answers to Beekeeping Questions, Miller, C.C.
1933 The Beeman Of Orn, Stockton, Frank R
1934 Bumblebees and their Ways,
1935 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1936 Bee Hunting, Lockard, John
1936 Honey is My Hobby, Sauriol, Charles
1936 Swarming – it’s control and prevention, Snelgrove L.E.
1937 Starting Right with Bees, Root, A.
1938 Queendom of the Honey Bees, Lance, Phillip C.
1938 The History of American Beekeeping, Pellett, F.C.
1940 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1942 A Manual of Bee Keeping, Wedmore E.D.
1943 A Living from Bees, Pellett, F.C.
1943 Swarming – it’s control and prevention, Snelgrove, Miss I.
1945 The Key of the Hive, Dunning, J.M.
1945 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1945 Beekeeping for Profit and Pleasure, Webb, A.
1946 Life of the Queen Bee, Sutherland, Louis
1946 Successful Beekeeping, Wedmore, E. B.
1947 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1947 The Ventilation of Bee Hives, Wedmore E.D.
1948 Producing Preparing Exhibiting Bee Produce, Harrod-Hempsall, William
1948 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1949 Philosophy and Pratice of Beekeeping, Gregg, A.L.
1949 Allen Latham’s Bee Book, Lathem, Allen
1949 Beekeeper’s Folly, Ratcliff
1949 Better Queens, Smith, Jay
1950 Swarm Control Survey, Bent, E.R.
1950 Queen Rearing, Laidlay, H.H. Jr.
1950 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1950 Bees, Von Frisch, Carl
1951 Honey in the Comb, Killion, Carl E.
1952 Beekeeping Up To Date, Flower, A.B.
1952 The Pollen Loads of the Honey Bee, Hodges, Dorothy
1952 Beekeeping with Twenty Hives, Sandeman, Allen A. L.
1952 The House Apiary, Spiller John
1953 Bees, Khalifman I
1954 First Lessons in Beekeeping, Dadant, C.P.
1954 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1958 History of Beekeeping in Britain, Fraser, Malcolm
1958 The Wonders of the Hive, Lavine, Sigmund A.
1959 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1961 Beekeeping A Beekeepers Calendar,
1962 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1963 Wasp Farm, Evans, Howard Ensign
1964 How to Keep Bees & Sell Honey, Kelly Walter T,
1966 The Hive and the Honey Bee, Dadant
1966 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1966 Queen Rearing, Snelgrove L.E.
1970 500 Answers to Bee Questions, Root, A
1971 Honey and Your Health, Beck, Bodog F.
1971 The Art of Beekeeping, Hamilton, William
1972 Principles of Practical Beekeeping, Couston, Robert
1972 Apiculture Literature Published in Canada and U.S., Johansson
1972 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1974 Bees and People, Ioyrish, Naum
1974 The Complete Guide to Beekeeping, Morse, Roger
1974 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1974 The How to do it book of Beekeeping, Taylor, Richard
1974 The Joys of Beekeeping , Taylor, Richard
1975 Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey, Adam, Brother
1975 The Art and Adventure of Beekeeping, Aebi, Ormond & Harry
1975 Bees and Beekeeping, Morse, Roger
1975 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1976 America’s Master of Bee Culture, Naile, F
1977 About Pollen, Binding, G. J.
1977 Swarming Biology, Prevention, Control & Collecting, Root Company
1977 How to Raise Beautiful Comb Honey, Taylor, Richard
1978 Bees, Beekeeping and Honey, Gojmerac, W. J.
1978 Comb Honey Production, Morse, Roger
1978 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1978 The Beekeepers Handbook, Sammataro, Diana
1979 The Hive and the Honey Bee, Dadant
1979 British Bee Books, IBRA
1979 Practical Bee Keeping, Tompkins, Enoch H.
1979 Swarm Prevention, Werner, Herman E
1980 Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey, Adam, Brother
1980 A Book of Honey, Crane, Eva
1980 First Lessons in Beekeeping, Dadant
1980 Beekeeping in the Swarming Season, Davis, George
1980 Hunting Wild Bees, Donovan, Robert E.
1980 The Complete Handbook of Beekeeping, Mace, Herbert
1980 Fifty Years Among Bees, Miller, C.C.
1980 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1980 The How to do it book of Beekeeping, Taylor, Richard
1981 Beeswax, Brown, Ron
1981 Beekeeping in the Mid West, Jay Cox, Albert
1981 Honey in the Comb, Killion, Eugene
1981 Contempory Queen Rearing, Laidlay, H.H.
1981 Honey, Mellor, Isha
1981 Beekeeping for Gardeners, Taylor, Richard
1981 The New Comb Honey Book, Taylor, Richard
1982 Mastering The Art of Beekeeping Volume 2, Aebi, Ormond & Harry
1982 Beekeeping Tips and topics, Jaycox, E.R
1982 Bee Medicine, Uccusic, Paul
1983 Guide to Bees and Honey, Hooper, Ted
1983 A Year in the Bee Yard, Morse, Roger
1983 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1983 Bees Their Vision Chemical Sense and Language, Von Frisch, Carl
1984 Beeswax, Coggshall, William L
1984 Beeswax, Coggshall, William L
1984 The Complete Handbook of Beekeeping, Mace, Herbert
1984 Practical Bee Keeping in New Zealand, Matheson, Andrew
1984 An Eye witness account of Early American Beekeeping, Root, A.
1984 A Bee Man Journey, Sauriol, Charles
1984 Anatomy of the Honey Bee, Snodgrass, R.E.
1984 The Joys of Beekeeping , Taylor, Richard
1984 Bees Their Vision Chemical Sense and Language, Von Frisch, Carl
1984 Untitled Childrens Story, Williams, Kit
1985 The Queen Must Die, Longgood, William
1985 Honey Farming, Manley, R.O.B.
1985 The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Beekeeping, Morse, Roger
1986 Beewax and it’s many uses, Berthold, Robert Jr.
1986 Oilseed Rape and Bees, Calder, Allen
1986 The Beekeepers Handbook, Sammataro, Diana
1986 Keeping Bees, Vivian, John
1987 Breeding Super Bees, Taper, Steve
1987 Beekeeping In California, Univ. of California
1988 A Book of Bees, Hubbell, Sue
1988 Two For The Honey, Tontz, Clay
1989 Contempory Queen Rearing, Laidlay, H.H.
1989 The Healing Power of Pollen with Propolis and Royal Jelly, Thorsons Editorial Board
1990 Honey Bee Pests, Predators and Diseases, Morse, Roger
1990 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.
1990 Practical Bee Keeping, Tompkins, Enoch H.
1990 The Honey Bee, Vickery, V. R.
1991 The Bee Book Book, Lawes, Geoffrey
1993 Bees Wax Crafting, Berthold, Robert Jr.
1993 Beehive Product Bible, Brown, Royden
1994 Bee, Hawcock, David
1995 Hive Management, Bonney, Richard E.
1996 A Taste of Honey, Charlton, Jane
1996 Beekeeping and Honey Production 1580-1660, Stuart, Rob
1996 The Comb Honey Book, Taylor, Richard
1998 A Recipe for Bees, Dargatz Gail
1998 The New Complete Guide to Beekeeping, Morse, Roger
1999 The Hive and the Honey Bee, Dadant
2002 Beekeeping for Dummies, Blackiston, Howland
2006 History of Beekeeping in Ontario, Townsend, Gordon F.
2007 Natural Beekeeping, Conrad, Ross
2007 ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, Root, A.I.,

2013 THE ADVENTURES OF A BEEKEEPER, Dimitris Karakousis
no date The Beekeepers Encyclopedia, Deans, A.S. C.
The Bee, American Tract
Honey by the Ton, Field, Oliver
The Elimination of Foulbrood Without the Use of Drugs, Goodwin, Mark
All About Mead,
Beekeeping for Recreation and Profit ,
Dr. Schamu Beekeeping Booklet ,

And some books I’d recommend:

9 Responses to “Beekeeping Books”

  1. Lance Wilson says:

    1986 The Beekeepers Handbook, Sammataro, Diana- If I needed to select the best all around bee guide, this would be it.

  2. Giles Sandeman-Allen says:

    1952 Beekeeping with Twenty Hives, Sandeman, Allen A. L.
    quote from inside the front cover – ” A book for the person who has passed from the stage of producing honey for his own table .. but has not yet – and never will – made his bees a full-time occupation.”
    NB. Your site times out very quickly.

  3. mccartney says:

    contacted the webhost, they have fixed the timeout bug. thanks for rooting it out.

  4. Rob Kimmell says:

    Hi McCartney,
    I just had two antique bee books given to me, and I’m enjoying both. The first is the 1913 edition of ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture. Set up in encyclopedic format, it’s fun to jump around to all the different topics, each one covered on its own. Packed with info, they used a pretty small font, so it’s a little tedious to read sometimes. Wonderful old black & white photographs. Cool also that they drew from several different experts on bee culture of the day.
    The second book given to me was: 1950 edition of Queen Rearing by Laidlaw & Eckert of UC Davis. I just getting into it but I enjoyed the history of queen rearing and this is my first reading on the subject so it’s all great stuff from my beginning beekeeper’s perspective.

  5. Larry Krengel says:

    First choice of great reading books on beekeeping is Richard Taylor’s The Joys of Beekeeping. When I meet someone who thinks they want to keep bees I loan them a copy.

  6. Edie bee says:

    I like the pictures in my copy of how to keep bees by anna B.comstock 1905 im amassed at the complex nature of bees

  7. Lance Wilson says:

    1983 Bees Their Vision Chemical Sense and Language, Von Frisch, Carl

    This book is a very easy straightforward read. Dr. Frish was a genius and describes in brilliant detail the many fascinating behavior traits he painstaking discovered thru methodical testing.

  8. priono says:

    I just bought
    Andrew Davies, Beekeeping – Inspiration and practical advice for would-be smallholders (2007)
    very nice hard cover, small but comprehensive and published by the national trust (UK)

  9. david says:

    I found the comparison of ABC and XYZ 1923 and 32nd edition interesting. I was
    looking up L.L Langstroth. Greenfield was celebrating 200th birthday. Warm Color
    aparies and Second Congregational Church where he was pastor from 1844-1848,
    sponsored the event. There was more detail in the older edition

Your Reply