JOSSELYN, John (active 1630-1675). An Account of Two Voyages to New-England.... Chronological Observations of America, from the year of the World to the year of Christ, 1673. London: Giles Widdows, 1674.
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JOSSELYN, John (active 1630-1675). An Account of Two Voyages to New-England.... Chronological Observations of America, from the year of the World to the year of Christ, 1673. London: Giles Widdows, 1674.

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JOSSELYN, John (active 1630-1675). An Account of Two Voyages to New-England.... Chronological Observations of America, from the year of the World to the year of Christ, 1673. London: Giles Widdows, 1674.

The first edition of one of the earliest works on the flora and fauna of New England and the Middle Atlantic states. Josselyn first visited New England in 1638-1639, and returned again for a longer stay from 1663 to 1671. He published only two volumes; the present lot has been described as: 'the more ambitious work: it is a rather strange compound of scientific lore, suggestions for settlers, bits of local history, and much general observation' (DAB). The work comments on the medical uses and abuses of various flora and fauna, including tobacco. 'Josselyn included many medical and surgical observations with his American botanical descriptions, and also provided one of the best contemporary English accounts of New Netherland' (Streeter II, lot 635). Church 627; Cox Travel II:71; ESTC R20234; Howes J-254 ('c'); Sabin 36672; Wing J-1091; See Howgego B12 ('Virtually the only description of North American natural history to that date was to be found in the works of John Josselyn').

2 parts in one volume, octavo (152 x 92mm). Publisher's woodcut device on A1r (spot obscuring a couple of letters on D7, marginal ink pen trials on G7-8, final gathering with light marginal dust-soiling, some light scattered spotting and browning). Contemporary calf (rebacked, corners lightly bumped). Provenance: the Arcana collection.
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