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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            the Body of the Moon can never Totally co-
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            ver the Sun. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">However in this he is ſingular,
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            all other Aſtronomers (if I may believe Kep-
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            lar) being on the Contrary Opinion, by Rea-
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            ſon the Diameter of the Moon does for the
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            moſt part appear Bigger to us than the Di-
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            ameter of the Sun.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0053-04" xlink:href="note-0053-04a" xml:space="preserve">Thucid.
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            Livii.
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            Plut. de fd
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            cie Lunæ.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0053-05" xlink:href="note-0053-05a" xml:space="preserve">Herodot. l.
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            7. c. 37.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But here Fulius Gœſar once more puts in to
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            hinder our Paſſage. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Moon (ſaith he) is
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            is not altogether Opacous, becauſe ’tis ſtill
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            of the ſame Nature with the Heavens, which
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            are incapable of total Opacity: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and his Reaſon
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            is, becauſe Perſpicuity is an inſeparable Acci-
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            dent of thoſe purer Bodies; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and this he thinks
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            muſt neceſſarily be granted; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for he ſtops there,
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            and Proves no further; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but to this he Defers
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            an Anſwer, till he hath made up his Argument.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0054-01" xlink:href="note-0054-01a" xml:space="preserve">De phœ-
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            nom. Lunœ
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            c. 11.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">We may frequently ſee, that her Body
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            does ſo Eclipſe the Sun, as our Earth does
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            the Moon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And beſides, the Mountains that
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            are obſerv'd there, do caſt a Dark Shadow
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            behind them, as ſhall be ſhewed afterwards.
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            Since then the like Interpoſition of them both,
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            doth produce the like Effect, they muſt ne-
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            ceſſarily be of the like Natures, that is, alike
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            Opacous, which is the thing to be ſhewed; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            this was the reaſon (as Interpreters gueſs) why
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            Ariſtotle Affirmed the Moon to be of the
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            Earths Nature, becauſe of their Agreement
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            in Opacity, whereas all the other Elements,
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            ſave that, are in ſome meaſure Perſpicuous.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0054-02" xlink:href="note-0054-02a" xml:space="preserve">Prop. 9.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0054-03" xlink:href="note-0054-03a" xml:space="preserve">In lib. de
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            animalib.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But, the greateſt Difference which may
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            ſeem to make our Earth altogether unlike
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            the Moon, is, becauſe the one is a Bright
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            Body, and hath Light of its own, and the</s>
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