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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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. VII.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">That thoſe Spots and brighter parts, which by
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          our ſight may be diſtinguiſhed in the Moon,
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          do ſhew the difference betwixt the Sea and
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          Land, in that other World.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">FOr the clear proof of this Propoſition,
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            I ſhall firſt reckon up and refute the Opi-
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            nions of others, concerning the matter and
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            form of thoſe Spots, and then ſhew the Pro-
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            bability of this Aſſertion, and how agreeable
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            it is to that Truth, which is moſt commonly
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            receiv'd; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As for the Opinions of others, con-
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            cerning theſe, they have been very many; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I
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            will only reckon up thoſe which are common
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            and remarkable.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Some there are that think thoſe ſpots do
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            not ariſe from any deformity of the parts, but
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            a deceit of the Eye, which cannot at ſuch a
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            diſtance diſcern an equal Light in the Planet;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but theſe do but only ſay it, and ſhew not any
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            reaſon for the proof of their Opinion: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Others
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            think, that there are ſome Bodies betwixt the
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            Sun and Moon, which keeping off the Light
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            in ſome parts, do by their Shadow produce
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            theſe ſpots which we there diſcern.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0074-01" xlink:href="note-0074-01a" xml:space="preserve">So Bede in
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            l. de Mund.
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            conſtit.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Others would have them to be the Figure
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            of the Seas or Mountains, here below: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">repre-
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            ſented there as in a Looking-Glaſs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But none
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            of theſe Fancies can be true, becauſe the Spots
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            are ſtill the ſame, and not varied according to
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            the difference of places; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and beſides, Gardon
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            thinks it is impoſſible that any image ſhould</s>
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