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ENTOMOLOGY. Moffet, Thomas (1553-1604); Penny, Thomas (ca. 1530-1589)
Insectorvm Sive Minimorum Animalium Theatrvm: Olim ab Edoardo Wottono. Conrado Gesnero. Thomaqve Pennio inchoatum: Tandem Tho. Movfeti Londinatis opera sumptibusq; maximis concinnatum, auctum, perfectum: Et ad vivum expressis Iconibus supra quingentis illustratum.
London:, 1634. FIRST EDITION of the "true foundation of modern entomology"(Raven, English Naturalists from Neckham to Ray, 1947).. Folio:. This is the second of Lisney's three issues. A very fine copy, bound in contemporary English calf (with only minor wear.) The text is in excellent, crisp condition with a few scattered rust spots, a few lightly spotted leaves, and one natural paper flaw (leaf X3, with no loss). Illustrated with a decorative woodcut title vignette and over 500 individual woodcuts of insects. Very uncommon in such fine, original condition. The ‘Insectorvm Sive Minimorum Animalium Theatrvm' (Theater of Insects, the Smallest of Animals) is the first substantial scientific treatise devoted exclusively to entomology and the first original treatise devoted to natural history composed in England. At its nucleus is the research of no less than Conrad Gessner, (who failed to complete a volume on insects for his vast and revolutionary zoological encyclopedia). Gessner's work was carried to fruition by two English naturalists, Thomas Penny and his colleague Thomas Moffet, with the invaluable assistance of an international network of contacts. In its final form, the "Theater of Insects" brought together information from sources in Asia, England, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, conducted over the course of two generations, from the age of the great taxonomic researches of Aldrovandi and Gessner to the age of Bacon and the early modern scientific revolution. The book's importance is thus two-fold: first, as a watershed in the study of insects, and second, as a re … [Click Below for Full Description]
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