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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[1. None]
[2. Ex Libris James S. Dearden Rampside]
[3. A DISCOVERY OF A New , OR,]
[4. In Two Parts.]
[5. The Fifth Edition Corrected and Amended. LONDON,]
[6. The Epiſtle to the READER.]
[7. The Propoſitions that are proved in this Diſcourſe. PROPOSITION I.]
[8. PROP. II.]
[9. PROP. III.]
[10. PROP. IV.]
[11. PROP. V.]
[12. PROP. VI.]
[13. PROP. VII.]
[14. PROP. VIII.]
[15. PROP. IX.]
[16. PROP. X.]
[17. PROP. XI.]
[18. PROP. XII.]
[19. PROP. XIII.]
[20. PROP. XIV.]
[21. The Firſt Book. That the MOON May be a WORLD. The Firſt Propoſition, by way of Preface.]
[22. Sed vanus ſtolidis hæc omnia finxerit Error.]
[23. Solis lunæq; labores.]
[24. Cum fruſtra reſonant æra auxiliaria Lunæ.]
[25. Una laboranti poterit ſuccerrere Lunæ.]
[26. Gantus & è cælo poſſunt deducere Lunam.]
[27. Cantus & ſi curru lunam deducere tentant, Et facerent, ſi non æra repulſa ſonant.]
[28. PROP. II. That a Plurality of Worlds doth not contradict any Principle of Reaſon or Faith.]
[29. Æſtuas infelix auguſto limite mundi.]
[30. PROP. III. That the Heavens do not conſiſt of any ſuch pure Matter, which can priviledge them from the like Change and Corruption, as theſe Inferiour, Bodies are liable unto.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
thicker parts appearing in her, do ſhew the
difference betwixt the Sea and Land in that
other World?
and Galilæus doubts not, but
that if our Earth were viſible at the ſame di-
ſtance, there would be the like appearance of it.
If we conſider the Moon as another habi-
table Earth, then the appearances of it will
be altogether exact, and beautiful, and may
argue unto that, it is fully accompliſhed for
all thoſe ends to which Providence did appoint
it.
But conſider it barely as a Star or Light,
and then there will appear in it much imper-
fection and deformity, as being of an impure
dark ſubſtance, and ſo unfit for the Office of
that Nature.
As for the Form of thoſe Spots, ſome of
the Vulgar think, they repreſent a Man, and
the Poetsgueſs, ’tis the Boy Endymion, whoſe
Company ſhe Loves ſo well, that ſhe carries
him with her;
others will have it only to be
the Face of a Man, as the Moon is uſually pi-
ctured;
but Albertus thinks rather, that it re-
Euſebius
Nicremb.
Hiſt. Na.
l. 8. c. 19.
preſents a Lyon, with his Tail towards the
Eaſt, and his Head the Weſt, and ſome others
have thought it to be very much like a Fox,and certainly, ’tis as much like a Lyon, as that
in the Zodiake, or as Urſa major is like a Bear.

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