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John Josselyn
JOSSELYN, John.

JOSSELYN, John.

English author.

Biographical references: ABA: I 871, 415-426. Appleton Cyclopedia of American Biography. Drake, Dictionary of American Biography, 1872. National Cyclopedia of American Biography. WBI.

Rarieties, 1672

1. English, 1672 [First edition].
[With a double rule box:] New-Englands | Rarities | Discovered: | In | Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, | and Plants of that Country. | Together with | The Physical and Chyrurgical Remedies | wherewith the Natives constantly use to | Cure their Distempers, Wounds, | and Sores. | Also | A perfect Description of an Indian Squa, | in all her Bravery; with a Poem not | imporperly conferr'd upon her. | Lastly | A Chornological Table | of | the moste remarkable Passages in that | Country amongst the English. | [rule] | Illustreate with Cuts. | [rule] | By John Josselyn, Gent. | [rule] | London, Printed for G. Widdowes at the | Green Dragon in St. Pauls Church-yard. 1672.

8: A-G8 H5; 61l.; [6], 1-114, [2] p., 11 woodcuts in text, one folding woodcut (p. 54). Page size: 146 x 88 mm.

Contents: [2 pgs/=A1], Blanks.; [2 pgs/=A2], Title page, verso blank.; [2 pgs/=A3r-A3v], Dedication to Samuel Fortrey.; 1-114/A4r-H4v, Text.; [2 pgs/=H5], Publisher's list.

Very rare. This is Josselyn's first account of his voyages to New England in 1638 and 1663. The travel book describes the customs and natural history of the area with special emphasis on Maine, where the author visited his brother. It includes accounts of the medicinal uses of plants.

Facsmile reprint, 1926: Josselyn, John: New-Englands rarities discovered: In birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, and plants of that country. Together with the physical and chyrurgical remedies wherewith the natives constantly use to cure their distempers, wounds, and sores. Also a perfect description of an Indian Sqva, in all her bravery; with a poem not improperly conferr'd upon her. Lastly a chronological table of the most remarkable passages in that country amongst the English. Illustrated with cuts. By John Josselyn, Gent. (London, G. Widdowes, 1672), Berlin, W. Junk, 1926, pp. [4], 114, (2, adv.), (1, printer's device: a dragon), text-illustrations and plate (woodcuts of plants), small 8, printed wrappers.

Facsimile reprint, 1972: Josselyn, John. New England's Rarities Discovered. Boston, MA: Historical Society, 1972.

Bibliographical references: Brunet: 3, 574. Cleveland Herbal & Botanical Collections, 1992: no. 247. Hunt Botanical Catalog: no. 322. Sabin, Dictionary, 1868-1936: no. 36674. Wing: J-1093.

2. English, 1675 [2nd edition].
New-Englands | Rarities | Discovered: | In | Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, | and Plantes of that Country, | Together with | The Physical and Chyrurgical Remedies | wherewith the Natives constantly use to | Cure their Distempers, Wounds, | and Sores. | Also | A Perfect Description of an Indian Sqva, | in all her Bravery; with a Poem not | improperly conferr'd upon her. | [rule] | By John Josselyn, Gent. | [rule] | The Second Addition. | [rule] | Illustrated with Cvts. | [rule] | London, Printed for C. Widdowes at the | Green Dragon in St. Pauls Church-yard, 1675.

4: A-H4 χ1; 61l.; [6], 1-114, [2] p. Page size: 114 x 84 mm. Very rare.

Contents: [2 pgs/=A1], Blanks.; [2 pgs/=A2], Title page, verso blank.; [2 pgs/=A3], Dedication to Samuel Fortrey.; 1-114 (=A4r-H4v), Text.; [2 pgs/=χ1], Publisher's list.

Bibliographical references: BL.

3. English, 1865 [Reprint edition].
New-England's | Rarities | Discovered In Birds, Beast, Fishes, | Serpents, And Plants Of | That Country. | [rule] | By John Josselyn, Gent. | [rule] | With an Introduction and Notes, | By Edward Tuckerman, M.A. | [ornament] | Boston: | William Veazie. | MDCCCLXV.

4: [4], [vii]-viii, 169 p., illus.

Very scarce. Edited by Edward Tuckerman. According to Sabin, this reprint consisted of seventy-five copies printed on medium and twenty-five on large paper, and it is valuable for the numerous additions made by the editor.

Bibliographical references: Sabin, Dictionary, 1868-1936: no. 36675.

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