The Complete Gentleman: The Truth of Our Times, and the Art of Living in London

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negligence to mold and be moth-eaten or want their strings and covers.

King Alphonsus, about to lay the foundation of a castle at Naples, called for Vitruvius his book of architecture. The book was brought in very bad case, all dusty and without covers, which the King observing said, "He that must cover us all must not go uncovered himself," then commanded the book to be fairly bound and brought unto him. So say I. Suffer them not to lie neglected who must make you regarded, and go in some coats who must apparel your mind with the ornaments of knowledge above the robes and riches of the most magnificent princes.

To avoid the inconvenience of moths and moldiness, let your study be placed and your windows open, if it may be, toward the east, for where it looketh south or west, the air being ever subject to moisture, moths are bred and darkishness increased, whereby your maps and pictures will quickly become pale, losing their life and colors or, rotting upon their cloth or paper, decay past all help and recovery.


CHAPTER VII
Of Cosmography

THAT, like a stranger in a foreign land, ye may not wander without a guide, ignorant of those places by which you are to pass and stick amused--amazed in the labyrinth of history--cosmography, a second Ariadne bringing lines enough, is come to your delivery, whom imagine standing on a fair hill and with one hand pointing and discoursing unto you of the celestial sphere, the names, uses, and distinctions of every circle, whereof

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