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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The Firſt Book.
That the
MOON
May be a
WORLD.

The Firſt Propoſition, by way of Preface.

That the ſtrangeneſs of this Opinion is no ſuffici-
ent reaſon why it ſhould be rejected, becauſe
other certain Truths have been formerly eſtee-
med ridiculous, and great Abſurdities entertai-
ned by common Gonſent.
THere is an earneſtneſs and hungring after
Novelty, which doth ſtill adhere unto
all our Natures, and it is part of that
Primitive Image, that wide Extent and infi-
nite Capacity at firſt created in the Heart of
Man.
For this, ſince its depravation in Adam,
perceiving it ſelf altogether emptyed of any
good, doth now catch after every new Thing,
conceiving that poſſibly it may find Satisfaction
among ſome of its fellow Creatures.
But our
Enemy the Devil (who ſtrives ſtill to pervert

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