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.
Truth, which they themſelves were not the
firſt Inventors of.
So that I may juſtly expect
to be accuſed of a Pragmatical Ignorance, and
bold Oſtentation;
eſpecially ſince for this O-
pinion, Xenophanes, a Man whoſe Authority
was able to add ſome Credit to his Aſſertion,
could not eſcape the like Cenſure from others.
For Natales Comes ſpeaking of that Philoſo-
pher, and this his Opinion, ſaith thus, Nonnulli
lib. 3. c. 17
ne nihil ſciſſe videantur, aliqua nova monſtr a in
Philoſophiam introducunt, ut alicujus rei inven-
tores fuiſſe apparent.
‘Some there are, who leſt
‘ they might ſeem to know nothing, will bring
‘ up monſtrous abſurdities in Philoſophy, that
‘ ſo afterward they may be famed for the In-
‘ vention of ſomewhat.
The ſame Author
doth alſo in another place accuſe Anaxagoras
of Folly for the ſame Opinion.
Eſt enim non
Lib. 7. c. 1ignobilis gradus ſtultitiæ, vel ſineſcias quid dicas,
tamen velle de rebus propoſitis hanc vell illam par-
tem ſtabilire.
’Tis none of the worſt kinds of
Folly, boldly to affirm one ſide or other when
a Man knows not what to ſay.
If theſe Men were thus cenſur’d, I may juſt-
ly expect to be derided of moſt, and to be be-
lieved by few or none;
eſpecially ſince this
Opinion ſeems to carry in it ſo much ſtrange-
neſs, and contradiction to the general conſent
of others.
But however, I am reſolved that
this ſhall not be any diſcouragement, ſince I
know that it is not common Opinion that can
either add or detract from the Truth.
1. Other Truths have been formerly eſtee-
med altogether as ridiculous as this can be.

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