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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[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.
[31.] Necnon Oceano paſci phæbumque polumq; Gredimus.
[32.] PROP. IV. That the Moon is a Solid, Compacted, Opacous Body.
[33.] PROP. V. That the Moon hath not any Light of her own.
[34.] PROP. VI. That there is a World in the Moon, bath been the direct Opinion of many Ancient, with ſome Modern Mathematicians, and may probably de deduc’d from the Tenents of others.
[35.] PROP. VII. That thoſe Spots and brighter parts, which by our ſight may be diſtinguiſhed in the Moon, do ſhew the difference betwixt the Sea and Land, in that other World.
[36.] PROP. VIII. The Spots repeſent the Sea, and the brighter parts the Land.
[37.] PROP. IX. That there are high Mountains, deep Vallies, and ſpacious Plains in the Body of the Moon.
[38.] PROP. X. That there is an Atmo-ſphæra, or an Orb of groſs, Vaporous Air, immediately encompaſſing the body of the Moon.
[39.] PROP. XI. That as their World is our Moon, ſo our World is their Moon.
[40.] Provehimur portu, terræque urbeſque recedunt.
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131119That the Moon may be a World. emiſſarii & exploratores emmitterentur brevi ad
ſolem redituri:
The Shop or Forge of Comets
from whence they were ſent, like ſo many Spies,
that they might in ſome ſhort ſpace return
But this cannot be, ſince if ſo much
matter had proceeded from him alone, it would
have made a ſenſible Diminution in his Body.
The Noble Tycho therefore thinks, that they
conſiſt of ſome ſuch Fluider parts of the Hea-
ven, as the Milky way is framed of, which be-
@ing condenſt together, yet not attaining to the
conſiſtency of a Star, is in ſome ſpace of time
arify’d again into its wontedNature.
But this is
not likely;
becauſe the appearance of the
Milky way does not ariſe from ſome Fluider
parts of the Heaven (as he ſuppoſes) but from
the Light of many leſſer Stars which are there-
22l. 2. c. 5.
art. 2.
abouts And therefore it is uſually thus deſcri-
Via lactea nihil aliudeſt quam innumerabiles
33Item Veſtæ
tract. 5. c.2.
@ellarum fixarum greges qui confuſo &
@umine tractum illum inalbant.
The Milky way is
nothing elſe but the Pale and Confuſed Light
of many leſſer Stars, whereby ſome parts of the
Heaven are made to appear white.
And beſide, what likely cauſe can we con-
@eive of this Condenſation, unleſs there be ſuch
@ualities there, as there are in our Air, and then,
why may not the Planets have the like quali-
@ies as our Earth ?
and if ſo, then ’tis more pro-
able, that they are made by the Ordinary
way of Nature, as they are with us, and conſiſt
of ſuch Exhalations from the Bodies of the
@lanets, as being very much rarified, may be
@rawn up, through the Orb of groſs Vaporous
Air, that incompaſſes them.
Nor is this a

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