Johannes Jonstonus

Johannes Jonstonus. An history of the wonderful things of nature. London, 1657.

Johannes Jonstonus. An history of the wonderful things of nature. London, 1657.

A well regarded physician and naturalist, Jonston (1603-1675) was Polish-born of Scottish immigrants. He studied at St Andrew's, and Cambridge, received his MD from Leiden in 1634, and spent his life in Poland practicing medicine and teaching. The Dutch translation of this work was the main source of knowledge about European zoology for the Japanese. What a vision it must have conjured with its coverage of , among other subjects, the creation of the world, dragons, mineral baths, navigation at sea, jewels found in the bodies of living creatures, unicorns, divers serpents, monstrous births, walkers in the night, dreams, the wonderful strength and agility of some people.

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