Bee anatomy

Bee anatomy. Persio tradotto in verso sciolto e dichiarato.
Persius, Stelluti. Rome, 1630. The National Library of Scotland and The Scottish Bee Keepers Association: Moir Collection. MRB.151

In 1630 Francesco Stelluti published an edition of an Italian translation of the poems of the Roman satirist Persius. For this edition Matthaeus Greuter engraved two plates, which are the first illustrations prepared with a compound microscope to be included in a printed book.


Courtesy of the National Library of Scotland and The Scottish Bee Keepers Association

The National Library of Scotland and The Scottish Bee Keepers Association

This hive of information is quite simply the bee’s knees – like nectar to lovers of all things apiary. Housed in the National Library of Scotland, the Moir Rare Book Collection is one of the very finest collections of rare beekeeping books in the world. It consists of 250 volumes and includes items published as far back as 1525. On long-term loan from the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association it provides a glimpse into the anatomy and life of bees and buzzes with the language of keeping including piping, quacking and tanging.

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