Wilkins, John, A discovery of a new world : or a discourse tending to prove, that 'tis probable there may be another Habitable World in the Moon ; with a discourse concerning the Probability of a Passage thither; unto which is added, a discourse concerning a New Planet, tending to prove, that 'tis probable our earth is one of the Planets

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That the Moon may be a World.
But this by the way. For the better proof
of this Propoſition, I might here Cite the Te-
ſtimony of Diodorus, who thought the Moon
to be full of rugged places, velut terreſtribus
tumultis ſupercilioſam;
but he erred much in
ſome Circumſtances of this Opinion, eſpecial-
ly where he ſays, there is an Iſland amongſt
the Hyperboreans, wherein thoſe Hills may
to the Eye be plainly diſcover'd;
and for this
reaſon Gælius calls him a Fabulous Writer.
Lect. aut.
l. 1. c. 15.
But you may ſee more expreſs Authority for
the Proof of this in the Opinions of Anaxago-
Plut. de
plac. l. 2. c.
25.
ras and Democritus, who held that this Planet
was full of Champion Grounds, Mountains
and Vallies.
And this ſeemed likewiſe proba-
ble unto Auguſtinus Nifus, whoſe words are
theſe:
Forſitan non eſt remotum dicere lunæ par-
De calo.l. 2.
part. 49.
tes eſſe diverſas, veluti ſunt partes terræ, quarum
aliæ ſunt valloſæ, aliæ montoſæ, ex quarum diffe-
rentia effici poteſt facies illa lunæ;
nec eſt rationi
diſſonum, nam luna eſt corpus imperfecte Sphæ-
ricum, cum ſit corpus ab ultimo cœlo elongatum,
ut ſupra dixit Ariſtoteles.
‘Perhaps, it would

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