UMass Amherst
Thomas Moffett

Insectorum sive minimorum animalium theatrum: olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum: tandem Tho. Movfeti Londinâtis operâ sumptibusq; maximis concinnatum, auctum, perfectum: et ad vivum expressis iconibus suprá quingentis illustratum.
Londini : Ex officinâ typographicâ T. Cotes, et venales extant apud Guiliel. Hope ... 1634
[20], 326 [i.e., 316], [4] p. : ill. ; 29 cm

Call no.: QL463.M65 1634

Like many early naturalists, Thomas Moffett (1553-1604) was trained as a physician, studying at Trinity College, Cambridge. During a tour of Italy and Spain in 1579, Moffett first studied the culture of silkworms, an important industry at the time, which became his entry into entomology. Considered by his peers to the "prince of entomologists," Moffett is best remembered for his book, Insectorum sive minimorum animalium theatrum, with its iconic title page engraved with an industrious bee hive.

title page

scarab beetle