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 Earth may be a Planet.


That there is not any Argument from the
Words of Scripture, Principles of Na-
ture, or Obſervations in Aſtronomy,
which can ſuſſiciently evidence the
Earth to be in the Gentre of the Uni-

Our Adverſaries do much inſult in the
ſtrength oſ thoſe Arguments which
they conceive, do unanſwerably conclude,
the Earth to be in the Centre oſ the World.
Whereas, if they were but impartially con-
ſidered, they would be found altogether in-
ſufficient for any ſuch concluſion, as ſhall
be clearly manifeſted in this following
The Arguments which they urge in the
proof of this, are of three ſorts;
ſuch as are taken,
1. From expreſſions of Scripture.
2. From Principles of Natural Philoſo-
3. From common appearances in Aſtro-
Thoſe of the firſt kind, are chiefly two:
The firſt is grounded on that common Scrip-
ture-phraſe, which ſpeaks of the Sun as be-
ing above us.
So Solomon often mentioning

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