Thanks PH, you have just reminded me that I still have £25 credit at Alnwick's Barter Books!All the 2nd hand book shops I have been in recently, Wigtown (10 or so) and Alnwick (1.. but huge) report rapid turn over in bee books.
I went in with the Dummies book to see what they would offer me, and I was a bit taken aback at £5. Needles to say when I get around to it it will be on Ebay.
I also note with interest that it is a book that is frequently for sale there, I wonder why...LOL
Oops, there are 15 for sale right now and another four from abroad. Might be more diff to shift than I thought.
Ah but the style in which it is written!. .... It was the first beekeeping book I ever read and it was an antigue edition little borrowed from the local library. It conjured up delightfully bucolic images of a rural clergyman tending his bees and cycling round the countryside on warm sunny days wearing a straw hat and exhorting others to take up the craft./home/finnegan/Desktop/avg_free_stb_all_8_32_cnet.exe
I have been browsing the old beekeeping books that have been scanned and archived at http://www.archive.org/details/texts (just type "beekeeping" or "honey bee" into the search box - loads of interesting stuff there)I find a lot of the old books were good for the beekeeping methods. The National hive had been standardised some years before the book above, and many others were similar. So, very little has changed on that front during the last 70 years.
The modern bits to update are just that - modern.
What have we? Varroah, OMF, more prolific bees, different crops, more mono-culture, some different crops, pesticides, a few new hive-variants and a changing(?) climate. Not really a great deal in the way of 'progress' over those years.
Perhaps some can add their topics for progress - and it does not really include a 'plastic' beetainer as that has yet to be proven as a progressive step (excepting the poly hives).
I also have one or two(cough cough) old bee books.I must admit I have bought old books and new books - and learnt something from every single one; and books do have a lovely smell don't they? Just wish my other half and FinL understood my need for books. As far as they are concerned if I have 1 bee book it should be enough...NEVER!!!!