An Account of Two Voyages to New-England. Wherein you have the setting out of a Ship, with the charges, the prices of all necessaries for furnishing a planter and his family at his first coming; A Description of the Countrey, Natives and Creatures, with their Merchantil and Physical use.... London: Giles Widdows, 1674.
[A]4 B-U8 X4. , 224, 227-278, [3 ad] pp. License leaf present with woodcut dragon printer's device on recto. Publisher's ads present. Separate title-page for "Chronological Obsevations of America." 8vo (144 x 89 mm). Full black morocco gilt with arms of John Carter Brown, all edges gilt; red quarter morocco case. U6 with burnhole affecting a few letters, blank corner of U7 repaired, short repaired tear to F3, pagination trimmed in a few places, a little old marginalia (chiefly to 2d part, some shaved)
FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE FIRST NATURAL HISTORIES OF MAINE AND NEW ENGLAND. Josselyn first visited America in 1638-1639 (see preceding lot for the account of that journey). He wrote the present work on his return to England after his second sojourn, from 1663 to 1671. Josselyn's manual is intended as a practical guide to colonists and he "provided one of the best contemporary English accounts of New Netherland" (Streeter). He describes New York as, "situated at the mouth of the great River Mohegan, and is built with Dutch Brick alla-moderna."
Josselyn has been criticized for his credulity in social and historical matters, but his natural history is widely admired. There are full descriptions of tobacco, cranberry, wild turkey, blueberry, and sarsaparilla, among others. He gives valuable information on the medicinal applications of indigenous flora and fauna. Arents, Tobacco II:71, Church 627; European Americana 674/105; Field 780; Howes J254 ("c"); Sabin 36672; Streeter sale 635.
Provenance: John Carter Brown with armorial crest on front cover, bookplate and inkstamp on dedication leaf; released as a duplicate in 1965 and sold at Parke-Bernet, 1966.
Acquisition: Laird Park sale, Sotheby's New York, Nov 29, 2000, lot 187, $6,600.