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.
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            being placed where the Head of the other is,
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            and ſo two other Men croſs them, yet all theſe
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            Men thus ſituated according to this Opinion,
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            ſhould ſtand upright, and many other ſuch groſs
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            conſequences would follow (ſaith he) which a
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            falſe Imagination is not able to fancy as poſſi-
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            ble. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Upon which Conſiderations, Bede alſo
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            denies the being of any Antipodes, Neque enim
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            Antipodarum ullatenus fabulis accommodandus aſ-
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            ſenſus. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘Nor ſhould we any longer aſſent to the
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            ‘Fable of Antipodes. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So alſo Lucretius the
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            Poet ſpeaking of the ſame Subject, ſays,</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0016-01" xlink:href="note-0016-01a" xml:space="preserve">Vid. Foſeph.
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            Acaſto de
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            nat. novi
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            Grbis lib. 1.
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            cap. 1.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0017-01" xlink:href="note-0017-01a" xml:space="preserve">De civit.
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            Dei lib. 16
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            cap. 9.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0017-02" xlink:href="note-0017-02a" xml:space="preserve">Inſtiſtur,
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            l. 3.
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            c. 24.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0018-01" xlink:href="note-0018-01a" xml:space="preserve">De ratione
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            temporum.
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            Cap. 32.</note>
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          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">Sed vanus ſtolidis hæc omnia finxerit Error.</head>
          <note position="left" xml:space="preserve">De nat. re-
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          rum, Lib. 1</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">That ſome idle fancy feigned theſe, for Fools
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            to believe. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Of this Opinion was Procopius
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            Gazæus, but he was perſwaded to it by ano-
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            ther kind of Reaſon; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for he thought that all
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            the Earth under us was ſunk into the Water,
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            according to the ſaying of the Pſalmiſt, He
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            hath founded the Earth upon the Seas; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            therefore he accounted it not inhabited by any.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nay, Toſtatus a Man of later Years, and gene-
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            ral Learning, doth alſo confidently deny that
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            there are any ſuch Antipodes, though the
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            Reaſon which he urges for it, be not ſo abſurd
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            as the former; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For the Apoſtles, ſaith he, tra-
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            velled through the whole habitable World,
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            but they never paſſed the Equinoctial; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and if
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            you anſwer that they are ſaid to go through
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            all the Earth, becauſe they went through all
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            the known World, he replies, that this is not
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            ſufficient, ſince Chriſt would have all Men to
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            be ſaved, and come to the Knowledge of his
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            Truth, and therefore it is requiſite that they</s>
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