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Periodical, or Trade-Winds, were never dreamt of by them. 12. The noble Property of the LoadStone, which shews the North and South, was unknown to them ; tho' they knew it's Virtue of attracting Iron. And Anaximander, who lived about 400 Years before Christ, was the first that attempted to give the Dimensions of the Earth (a).
The Excellency of Geography.
THERE are three Things that recommed the Study of Geography. 1. It's Dignity; and in that it greatly adorns Man, the Inhabitant of the Earth endowed with Reason above all other Animals, to understand the Nature of Countries, and the Constitution of the Earth. 2. It is as well a pleasant, as an innocent Recreation. 3. There is an absolute necessity for the Knowledge of it ; because neither Divines, Physicians, Lawyers, Historians, nor other Men of Letters, can well proceed in their Studies, without interruption, unless they have some Knowledge of Geography; as it hath been observed by others, and illustrated by several Examples.
HERE follow two Tables, whereof the first may serve for the Contents of this Book; which
(a) The Moderns have de- much of the Globe undiscovertected many Errors of the An- ed. There is a vast Southern tients, and very much improved Continent, as yet scarce looked Geography, by opening a Paf- into. The northern parts of Amesage to a New World, and by rica, are yet undiscovered. Afridiscovering that those Parts of ca, thoit hath been compassed the Old which were thought round and round from the Meuninhabitable, to be inhabited; diterranean to the Red Sea, yet the Torrid Zone is known to be little more than it's Coaits are temperate, and, by refrelhing throughly known, except Egypt Showers and constant Breezes, and Abasia. It's inland parts and cold Nights; and the Globe have been either not sufficiitself has been compassed by se ently viewed or imperfectly veral, both English and Foreign described. Sailors. But there yet remains
contains Universal Geography: the other shews the Order that ought to be observed by those that treat of Special Geography.
WE divide Universal Geography into three Parts, viz.
1. THE ABSOLUTE PART, subdivided into fix Sections, whereof
SECTION I. contains two Chapters of PRELIMINARIES.
< Chap. I. The Introduction or Preface. 3 Chap. II. Some Geometrical Propositions of use
in the Work.
SECT. II. In which the Nature of the Earth is explained, in five Chapters.
r Chap. III. Of the Figure of the Earth.
Chap. IV. Of it's Measure and Magnitude.
SECT. III. In which the Constitution of the Earth and it's Parts are explained, in four Chapters.
( Chap. VIII. Of the Division of the Earth by
SECT. . SECT. IV. Of Hydrography, in which the Constitution of the Waters, and their Properties are explained, in six Chapters. !? Chap. XII. Of the Division of the Waters by
the Earth. . | Chap. XIII. Of the Ocean and Sea. Chap. XIV. Of the Motion of the Sea, viz, it's
Flux and Reflux.
Chap. XVI. Of Rivers.
Chap. XVIII. Of the extraordinary Changes of
the Sea into Land, and dry Places into watery.
SECT. VI, of the Atmosphere.
Chap. XIX. Of the Atmosphere and Air. , 3 Chap. XX. Of Winds in general. <Chap. XXI. Of the different sorts of Winds.
THE RELATIVE PART explains the Celestial Properties, in nine Chapters. I Chap. XXII. Of the Celestial Properties in ge
neral. III. Of the Latitude of the Place, or
the Elevation of the Pole. Chap. XXIV. Of the Division of the Earth into
Division of the Earth into
1 Chap. XXVI. Of Light, Heat, and the Seasons
Of the Year. ¿ Chap. XXVII. Of Shadows, and how the Inha
bitants are divided according
to them. Chap. XXVIII. Of comparing the Celestial Phæ
nomena, in different Places. Of the Antæci, Periæci and
Antipodes. Chap. XXIX. Of the Difference of Time in dif
ferent places. Cbap. XXX. Of the different Rising of the Sun
and Moon, and other Phænomena.
. THE COMPARATIVE PART considers the Particulars arising from comparing the Phænomena of one Place, with those of another,
Chap. XXXI. Of the Longitude of Places.
spect of one another.
1. Of Distances.
Special Special Geography exhibits three kinds of Particulars. Ten of them are Terrestrial.
f1. The Limits and Bounds of the Country.
2. The Longitude and Situation of Places. 3. The Figure of the Country. 4. It's Magnitude. 5. It's Mountains; their Names, Situations, Al
titudes, Properties, and Things contain
ed in them. 6. It's Mines. § 7. It's Woods and Defarts. 8. It's Waters; as Seas, Rivers, Lakes, Marshes,
Springs ; their Rife, their Origin, and
lerity of their Waters, with their Cataracts. 19. The Fertility, Barrenness, and Fruits, of the
Country. 10. It's living Creatures.
The Celestial Properties are eight.
s 1. The Distance of the Place from the Equator
and Pole. 2, The Obliquity of the Motion of the Stars a
bove the Horizon. 3. The Length of the Days and Nights. 4. The Climate and Zone. 5. The Heat and Seasons : Wind, Rain, and
other Meteors. 6. The Rising and Continuance of the Stars a· bove the Horizon. 7. The Stars that pass thro' the Zenith of the
Place. | 8. The Celerity with which each Place revolves,
according to the Copernican System.