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.
now, that neither of them hath any Patrons,
and therefore need no Confutation.
’Tis agreed upon by all ſides, that this
Planet receives moſt of her Light from the
but the cheif controverſie is, whether
or no ſhe hath any of her own?
The greater
Multitude affirm this.
Gardan amongſt the reſt
De Subt il,
lib. 4.
is very confident of it, and he thinks that if any
of us were in the Moon at the time of her
greateſt Eclipſe, Lunam aſpiceremus non ſecus ac
innumeris cereis ſplendidiſſimis accenſis atque in
eas oculis defixis cœcutiremus.
‘We ſhould
‘perceive ſo great a Brightneſs of our own,
‘that would blind us with the meer Sight, and
‘when ſhe is enlightned by the Sun, then no
‘Eagles Eye (if there were any there) is able
‘to look upon her.
This Gardan ſays, and he
does but ſay it, without bringing any Proof
for its Confirmation.
However I will ſet
down the Arguments that are uſually urged
for this Opinion, and they are taken either from
Scripture, or Reaſon;
from Scripture is urged
that Place, 1 Gor.
15. where it is ſaid, There
is one Glory of the Sun, and another Glory of the
Ulyſſes Albergettus urges that in Math. 24.
20. ἡ σελ{ήν}η {οὐ} δωσ{ετ} τὸ φέ{γγ} {ος} ἀυτῆς The Moon
ſhall not give her Light:
therefore (ſays he)
ſhe hath ſome of her own.
But to theſe we may eaſily Anſwer, that
the Glory and Light there ſpoken of, may be
ſaid to be hers, though it be derived, as you
may ſee in many other Inſtances.
The Arguments from Reaſon are taken ei-
1. From that Light which is Diſcern'd in

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