Compendium Geographicum: Or, a more exact, plain, and easie introduction into all Geography, 

CHERRY-GARRARD Apsley.; CHAMBERLAYNE Peregrine Clifford (1685.)


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Than yet extant, after the latest discoveries, or alterations; very useful, especially for young Noblemen and Gentlemen, the like not printed in English.

Second edition. 12mo. Full morocco with blind ruled compartments to spine, edges speckled in red. Upper board and spine a little worn, with small areas of insect damage. [16], 186, [2ads]pp. London, William Crook at the Green Dragon without Temple Bar,

Second revised edition after the first of 1682. Scarce: 8 copies of this edition listed on OCLC and 4 of the first. 

A charming pocket sized companion to aid the reader in using maps, and navigating geography as understood up to the late 17th century. This copy with the ink ownership inscription of 20th century Antarctic explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard to the front flyleaf. 

From the preface: "in a Nation where all other Arts and Sciences do flourish, and abound in so great measure: No excuse ought to suffice in any well-bred person for his ignorance in Geography; this being a Science, and I may truly say, the only Science that comes within the capacity of all Mankind, whether old or young, Men or Women; for anyone may easily attain to the knowledge of it that has but a Memory, a few Maps and a little Method". 

A comprehensive epitaph of Peregrine Clifford Chamererlayne can be found on a monument still standing in All Saints Church, Chelsea. According to Thomas Faulkner's An Historical & Topographical description of Chelsea, it translates thus: "a naval officer, eldest son of Edward Chamberlayne, Doctor of Law, born in the Hague, Jan 22 1660, who was well skilled in the learned languages and liberal sciences; also in municipal law; but especially in navigation. He visited the four parts of the world; and after having deserved well both of his king and country, by fighting valiantly against the French and the Indians, he died sixth of November 1691. This monument, not to be violated with impunity, his sorrowful father caused to be erected."

Cherry-Garrard was a member of the Northern Party on Robert Falcon Scott's fatal Terra Nova Expedition in 1910.

From the index of the modern names of countries, provinces etc: "Terra Incognita or Magellanica, a vast Country toward the South Pole."

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