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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That the Moon may be a World.
& aerea lunæ, & gravidine usateriali terræ, &
conſimiliter de aliis ſtellarum regionibus, ſuſpican-
tes nullam habitationibus carere, quaſi tot ſint par-
tes particulares mundiales unius aniverſi, quot ſunt
ſtellæ quærum non eſt numerus, niſi apud eum qui
omnia in numero creavit.
‘We may conjecture (ſaith he) the Inhabi-
‘ tants of the Sun are like to the nature of that
‘ Planet, more clear and bright, more intel-
‘ lectual than thoſe in the Moon where they
‘ are nearer to the Nature of that duller Pla-
‘ net, and thoſe of the Earth being more groſs
and material than either, ſo that theſe Intelle-
‘ ctual Natures in the Sun, are more form than
‘ matter, thoſe in the Earth more matter than
‘ form, and thoſe in the Moon betwixt both.
‘ This we may gueſs from the fiery influence
‘ of the Sun, the watery and aerous influence
‘ of the Moon, as alſo the material Heavineſs
‘ of the Earth.
In ſome ſuch manner likewiſe
‘ is it with the Regions of the-other Stars;
‘ we conjecture that none of them are without
‘ Inhabitants, but that there are ſo many par-
‘ ticular Worlds and parts of this one Univerſe,
‘ as there are Stars, which are innumerable, un-
‘ leſs it be to him who Created all things in
‘ Number.
For he held that the Stars were not all in
one equal Orb as we commonly ſuppoſe;
that ſome were ſar higher than others, which
made them appear leſs;
and that many others
were ſo far above any of theſe, that they were
altogether inviſible unto us.
An Opinion which
(as I conceive) hath not any great probability
for it, nor certainty againſt it.

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