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.
3. ’Tis evident that the Trees did ſtand as
before.
For otherwiſe Noah could not ſo well
have concluded, that the Waters were abated
from this reaſon, becauſe the Dove brought
an Olive Leaf in her Mouth, when ſhe was
ſent forth the ſecond time:
whereas had the
Trees been rooted up, ſhe might have taken
it the firſt time, from one of them as it was
floating on the top of the Waters.
Now if
the Motion of the Waters was not ſo violent
as to ſubvert the Trees, much leſs was it able
to caſt up ſuch vaſt heaps as the Mountains.
4. When the Scripture doth ſet forth unto
us the Power and Immenſity of God by the va-
riety or Uſefulneſs of the Creatures which he
hath made, amongſt the reſt it doth often men-
tion the Mountains, Pſal.
104. 9. item 148. 9. Iſai.
40. 12. And therefore ’tis probable they were
created at the firſt.
Unto this I maght add,
that in other places Divine Wiſdom, in ſhew-
ing of its own Antiquity, ſaith, that he was
Prov. 8. 25.
Pſal. 90. 2.
From the beginning, before the Earth or the Moun-
tains were brought forth.
5. If we may truſt the Relations of Antiqui-
Foſeph. Ant.
lib. 1. c. 3.
ty, there were many Monuments left undefa-
ced after the Flood.
So that if I intend to prove that the Moon is
fuch a Habitable World as this is;
’tis requi-
ſite that I ſhew it to have the ſame Convenien-
ces of Habitation as this hath;
and here if
ſome Rabbi or Chymick were to handle the
point, they would firſt prove it out of Scrip-
ture, from that place in Moſes his Bleſſing,
where he ſpeaks of the ancient Mountains and
laſting Hills, Deut.
33. מלוע תועבגו מרק וררת

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