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    Default English version of Huber's New Observations on Bees is also available

    Since the topic cam up, there is also an English version:
    Huber's New Observations on Bees

    hhttp://www.amazon.com/Hubers-Observ...ions+upon+bees

    $47.67
    Last edited by Michael Bush; 08-22-2014 at 12:41 PM. Reason: Fixed URL
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    Default Re: English version of Huber's New Observations on Bees is also available

    Thanks for the tip Mr. Bush

    While looking at the amazon site noticed there is also a free version for kindle users, I couldn't turn that down.

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    Default Re: English version of Huber's New Observations on Bees is also available

    The "free version" is also available free on my site (and has been long before the Kindle version) but it is only volume I which is about 1/3 of the full book.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/huber.htm

    It is also a poor translation from the original French done in 1809 by an Englishman who seems to lack a lot of the skills of a beekeeper. Volume I has two plates. For the two volume set I tracked down the original two volume book in French that was published in 1814 and scanned those plates (the ones in the Dadant version were terrible). Those I cleaned up and split out into full page plates for each illustration and put them in the text where they are referred to. So the two volume set has 149 illustrations including full color photo's of a museum quality reproduction of Huber's leaf hive (built by Don Semple). The second volume is the most detailed step by step account of how bees make wax and build comb that I have seen.

    Free is hard to turn down, but if you really want everything this book has to offer you need to either buy this one, or track down an original Dadant translation (for the text) and the original French edition (for the good quality plates). It took me years and they were not cheap...

    To quote the transcriber's notes (mine):

    "This edition of Huber's Observations by far surpasses any other edition ever printed in the English language. First it has both Volume I and II, while every English edition currently in print that I am aware of is only Volume I of the 1809 edition. which is only a third of the final Huber book. The second volume was published in 1814 in French 5 years after that 1809 edition and contains Huber's research on the origin of wax, the construction of comb, the ventilation of the hive and much more. Second, it is the best English translation from the original French and the only one I know of that has both volumes. C.P. Dadant, was uniquely qualified to do the translation. Dadant was born in France and French was his first language, yet he spent most of his life beekeeping; and writing and editing beekeeping articles and books in America in English. Third, all of the English editions currently in print have only 2 plates (if any). Only the previous Dadant edition (1926) had all 14 of the original plates but unfortunately they were only halftones of some old yellow copies and are not very readable. This edition has new scans from a very good condition edition of the original 1814 French of both Volumes of Nouvelles Observations Sur Les Abeilles so these are clearer than any previous edition other than the original 1814 French edition. An additional engraving of Huber's work from Cheshire's book, plus an engraving of Francis Huber from the Dadant edition have been included. In addition, 7 more photos of a museum quality reproduction of Huber's Leaf hive have also been included. All figures have been split out and enlarged and put in the text where they are referred to. Photos of the original plates are included at the back for historic and artistic purposes. Fourth, to put this book in context I have included a memoir of Huber by Professor De Candolle, a friend of Huber. This gives a bit of background on Huber's life. Fifth, the only other edition to come close to this, the 1926 edition by Dadant, was in very small print. This one is 12 point and a typeface that appears to be larger and is very readable."
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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