GEOGRAPHY -- VARENIUS, B. Geographia generalis, in qua affectiones generales telluris explicantur. Amst., Elzevier, 1650. (44), 786 pp. W. engr. ti., fold. plate & 4 fold. tables. 12°. Charming cont. mottled cf. w. richly dec. gilt back. (Name entry scratched out on ti., some faint marg. stains).In this work Varenius endeavoured to lay down the general principles of geography on a wide scientific basis, according to the knowledge of his day. Of particular interest are the last six chapters (pp. 744-786) in which he discusses the ars nautica: of ships and shipwrights, the art of plotting a course, and naturally the most pressing problem of 17th-century seafaring: longitudinal reckoning, how to find one's longitude at any given place or time and it contains numerous references to America. - Willems 1120; Rahir 1136; NNBW IV, 1359-61.
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