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]
[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.
to this purpoſe in theſe Words. Ex illâ ali-
menta omnibus animalibus, omnibus ſatis, omnibus
ſtellis dividuntur, hinc proſertur quo fuſtineantur
tot Sidera tam exercitata, tam avida per diem,
noctemque, ut in opere, ita in paſtu.
of the Earth, he ſays, from thence it is that
Nouriſhment is divided to all the Living
Creatures, the Plants and the Stars;
were ſuſtain'd ſo many Conſtellations, ſo La-
borious, ſo Greedy, both Day and Night, as
well in their Feeding as Working.
Thus alſo
Lucan Sings,

Necnon Oceano paſci phæbumque polumq;

Unto theſe Ptolomy alſo, that Learn'd Egyp-
@ Apoſtel.tian, ſeem'd to agree, when he affirms that
the Body of the Moon is moiſter, and cooler
than any of the other Planets, by reaſon of
the Earthly Vapours that are exhaled unto it.
You ſee theſe Ancients thought the Heavens
to be ſo far from this imagined Incorruptibili-
ty, that rather like the weakeſt Bodies they
ſtood in need of ſome continual Nouriſhment,
without which they could not ſubſiſt.
But Ariſtotle and his Followers were ſo far
De Cælo.
l. 1. c. 3.
from this, that they thought thoſe Glorious
Bodies could not contain within them any ſuch
Principles as might make them lyable to the
leaſt Change or Corruption;
and their Chief
Reaſon was, becauſe we could not in ſo long
a ſpace diſcern any alteration amongſt them;
But to this I anſwer.
1. Suppoſing we could not, yet would it
not hence follow that there were none, as he

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