Josselyn, John (1608 - 1675)

Genre: Non-Fiction

Maine's first natural history writer, Josselyn traveled from London to Scarborough, Maine, in 1638-1639 and 1663-1671 to visit his brother Henry Josselyn. While here, he studied the natural and physical rarities of the new world, and on returning to London wrote two volumes based on his observations.

Selected Bibliography

  • New-England's Rarities Discovered: In Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents and Plants of That Country (1672), said to be a quite accurate catalog of the flora and fauna of the area, and the first mention in print of the dandelion in America (according to Dr. Paul Sears, noted conservationist of Yale University)
  • An Account of Two Voyages to New-England Made During the Years 1638, 1663

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