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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            ‘not be amiſs to ſay that the parts of the Moon
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            ‘were divers, as the parts of the Earth, where-
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            ‘of ſome are Vallies, and ſome Mountains,
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            ‘from the difference of which, ſome ſpots in
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            ‘the Moon may proceed; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">nor is this againſt
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            ‘Reaſon; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for that Planet cannot be perfectly
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            ‘Spherical, ſince ’tis ſo remote a Body from
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            ‘the firſt Orb, as Ariſtotle had ſaid before.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">You may ſee this Truth aſſented unto by Blan-
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            canus the Jeſuite, and by him confirmed with
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            divers Reaſons. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Keplar hath obſerved in the
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            Moons Eclipſes, that the Diviſion of her en-
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            lightned part from the ſhaded, was made by
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            a crooked unequal Line, of which there can-
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            not be any probable cauſe conceiv'd, unleſs it
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            did ariſe from the ruggedneſs of that Planet;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">for it cannot all be produc'd from the ſhade of
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            any Mountains here on Earth, becauſe theſe
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            would be ſo leſſened before they could reach
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            ſo high in a Conical Shadow, that they would
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            not be at all ſenſible unto us (as might eaſily
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            be demonſtrated) nor can it be conceiv'd what
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            reaſon of this difference there ſhould be in the
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            Sun. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Wherefore there being no other Body
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            that hath any thing to do in Eclipſes, we muſt
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            neceſſarily conclude, that it is cauſed by varie-
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            ty of parts in the Moon it ſelf, and what can
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            theſe be but its Gibboſities ? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now if you
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            ſhould ask a reaſon why there ſhould be ſuch a
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            multitude of theſe in that Planet, the ſame
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            Keplar ſhall jeſt you out an anſwer. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Suppoſing
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            (ſaith he) that thoſe Inhabitants are bigger than
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            any of of us in the ſame proportion, as their
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            days are longer than ours, viz. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">by Fifteeen
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            times it may be, for want of Stones to erect ſuch</s>
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