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    The First English edition of Johnstone's
    Great Work on the Natural World

    Joannes Jonstonus [John Johnstone]. An History Of The Wonderful Things of Nature: Set forth in Ten severall Classes. Wherein are contained I. The Wonders of the Heavens. II. Of the Elements. III. Of Meteors. IV. Of Minerals. V. Of Plants. VI. Of Birds. VII. Of Four-footed Beasts. VIII. Of Insects, and things wanting blood. IX. Of Fishes. X. Of Man. [Originally published as Thaumatographia Naturalis]. London: John Streater, 1657. First edition in English. Folio. Approximately 10.75 x 7 inches. A4, A-Z4, 2A-2X4, 2Y2. [14], 10, 17-354,[1,ads], [1] pages. Title-page in red and black. Bound to style in modern antique spotted calf, blind tooled covers, red morocco title -label, gilt roll on edge, edges speckled red. Spine a bit sunned, some minor marginal staining to text, a few small edge tears, blindstamp of Horticultural Society on I4. Overall, a very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "After attending schools at Thorn in Prussia and elsewhere, he proceeded in 1622 to the university of St. Andrews, where he matriculated on 29 Jan. 1623-4, and studied with special distinction in Hebrew and natural science till March 1625. The next four years he spent abroad, but returned to England towards the close of 1629, taking courses of botany and medicine at Cambridge, and continuing his studies in London during 1630, when he wrote the greater part of his first important work, the "Thaumatographia." He next proceeded to Leyden, where he graduated M.D. in 1632, and visiting England for the third time in that year with two young Polish nobles, his pupils, was admitted to the same degree ad eundem at Cambridge. After more travel on the continent Johnstone appears to have settled in Leyden about 1634. He practised medicine there for several years and obtained a great reputation. He was offered the chair of medicine at the university of Leyden in 1640, and two years later a similar offer was made by the elector of Brandenburg. Johnstone, however, preferred to study independently." (DNB).

    Wing J1017. ESTC r1444. Krivatsy/NLM 6272. Wellcome III,366. Wood, Vertibrate,409.Neville I,699.



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