Geography and Navigation Compleated: Being a New Theory and Method Whereby the True Longitude of Any Place in the World, May Be Found
by George Keith
|Geography and Navigation Completed|
at the College of William & Mary.
|Published||London: printed for B. Aylmer, at the Three Pigeons in Cornhill|
|Pages||, ii, 19, |
George Keith (1638/9 – 1716) was a prolific and outspoken Quaker missionary (and later, an Anglican priest), best-known for a sermon given at a Monthly Meeting in Philadelphia in 1693, "An Exhortation & Caution to Friends Concerning Buying or Keeping of Negroes," and A Journal of Travels from New-Hampshire to Caratuck, on the Continent of North-America (1706). Keith was George Wythe's maternal great-grandfather.
"Geography and Navigation Compleated" was Keith's attempt to solve the longitude problem using geometry, the declination of fixed stars in the sky, and great circles.
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
In his biographical sketch of Wythe for the Virginia Reports (1833), Daniel Call mentions seeing a "folio volume" written by Keith in Wythe's library, containing "mathematical and other subjects." The volume may have contained one or more of Keith's essays on Quakerism, but his only "mathematical" writings were "Geography and Navigation Compleated," and "An Essay for the Discovery of Some New Geometrical Problems" (1697), and its supplement.
- An Essay for the Discovery of Some New Geometrical Problems
- History of Hampton and Elizabeth City County Virginia
- Wythe's Library
- George Keith, "An Exhortation & Caution to Friends Concerning Buying or Keeping of Negroes" (New York: Printed by William Bradford, 1693); A Journal of Travels from New-Hampshire to Caratuck, on the Continent of North-America (London: Printed by Joseph Downing, for Brab. Aylmer, 1706).
- Daniel Call, "Judge Wythe," in Reports of Cases Argued and Decided in the Court of Appeals of Virginia, 2nd ed. (Richmond, VA: Robert I. Smith, 1833), 4:xi.