30 April 2008
JOSSELYN, John (c. 1608-1704). New-Englands Rarities discovered: in Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, and Plants of that Country. London: G. Widdowes, 1672.
Small 8° (147 x 82mm). One woodcut plate, woodcut illustrations. With initial blank and final advertisement leaf. (Lacking folding section of the plate and last leaf with printer's device, some light browning, H3 torn at bottom margin.) Contemporary sheep (rebacked, one corner restored, new endpapers).
FIRST EDITION of this small book, 'the earliest natural history of New England', much of it forming a description of herbal remedies among the Indians. The 'Description of an Indian Squa' with an accompanying poem, praising black beauty above white, occurs on pp. 99-102. The author had accompanied his father to New England in 1638, and in 1663 paid a second visit, joining his brother in Maine for almost eight and a half years. Howes J-255; Sabin 36674; Wing J-1093.
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