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If you want to whet your appetite for what Huber discovered, I have posted the 1806 English translation of Volume I on my website here: http://www.bushfarms.com/huber.htm
Probably the most important book ever written on bees. What Huber discovered and wrote about here, laid the ground work for all the practical knowledge we have of bees today. His discoveries were so revolutionary, that beekeeping can be divided in two eras very easily as pre-Huber and post-Huber. One of the remarkable things, of course, is that Huber was blind. I have updated the spelling on the original French edition and also the German translation. The Spanish is a modern translation.
This English 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. We have also added all of the "Unedited Letters of Huber" that we could find that were published over the years in the bee journals. These give a lot more of the personality of Huber.
Fifth, the only other edition to come close to this, the 1926 edition by Dadant, was in very small print. This one is 11 point and a typeface that appears to be much larger than 11 point and is very readable.
Here are some of the sources for this edition. The green cloth bound one is the 1926 C.P. Dadant translation. The leather bound ones are the original 1814 French edition of both volumes used to get good reproductions of the plates:
At least a thousand hours of work went into just the plates in this edition. I started out working with the C.P. Dadant version, which is by far the best and the only really complete English translation, but the plates were not good. Here is a typical example of one:
So I purchased a very good original of the 1814 French version where the plates first appeared and they looked like this:
The figures were often out of order and the figure numbers difficult to read, and the background was not clean, so and, after filtering and tweaking in PhotoShop, I cleaned up the background by hand, retypeset the figure numbers and put the figures in sequence and the plate appears in the book now as this:
Then in the flow of the text I put each of the figures where they are referred to at maximum useful size usually on their own page:
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