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.
longer in the Preface, becauſe that Prejudice
which the meer Title of the Book may beget,
cannot eaſily be removed without a great deal
of preparation, and I could not tell otherwiſe
how to rectifie the Thoughts of the Reader
for an impartial Survey of the following Diſ-
courſe.
I muſt need confeſs, though I had often
thought with my ſelf that it was poſſible there
might be a World in the Moon, yet it ſeem'd
ſuch an uncouth Opinion, that I never durſt
diſcover it, for fear of being counted ſingular,
and ridiculous;
but after having read Plutarch,
Gallileus, Keplar, with ſome others, and find-
ing many of my own Thoughts confirmed by
ſuch ſtrong Authority, I then concluded that
it was not only poſſible there might be, but
probably there was another habitable World
in that Planet.
In the proſecuting of this Aſſer-
tion, I ſhall firſt endeavour to clear the way
from ſuch doubts as may hinder the ſpeed or
eaſe of farther progreſs;
and becauſe the Sup-
poſitions imply'd in this Opinion, may ſeem to
contradict the Principles of Reaſon and Faith,
it will be requiſite that I firſt remove this Scru-
ple, ſhewing the conformity of them to both
theſe, and proving thoſe Truths that may make
way for the reſt, which I ſhall labour to perform
in the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Chap-
ters, and then proceed to conform ſuch Pro-
poſitions, which do more directly belong to
the main point in Hand.

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