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.
But, in my following Diſcourſe, I ſhall moſt
inſiſt on the Obſervation of Galilæus, the In-
ventor of that Famous Perſpective, whereby
we may diſcern the Heavens hard by us;
by thoſe things which others have formerly
gueſt at, are manifeſted to the Eye, and plain-
ly diſcover’d beyond exception or doubt;
which admirable invention, theſe latter Ages of
the World may juſtly Boaſt, and for this, ex-
pect to be Celebrated by Poſterity.
’Tis re-
lated of Eudoxus, that he wiſhed himſelf burnt
with Phaeton, ſo he might ſtand over the Sun
to contemplate itsNature;
had he liv’d in theſe
days, he might have enjoyed his wiſh at an ea-
ſier rate, and ſcaling the Heavens by this Glaſs,
might plainly have diſcern’d what he ſo much
Keplar conſidering thoſe ſtrange diſ-
coveries which this Perſpective had made,
could not chooſe but cry out in a Πρ ηοΠ ποΠΗα &

Rapture of Admiration, O multiſcium &
De macula
in ſole obſer.
vis ſceptro pretioſus perſpicillum! an qui te dexte-
râ tenet, ille non dominus conſtituatur operum Dei?
And Foannes Fabricius, an Elegant Writer,
ſpeaking oſ the ſame Glaſs, and for this In-
vention, preferring our Age beſore thoſe for-
mer Times of greater Ignorance, ſays thus;

Adeo ſumus ſuperiors veteribus, ut quam illi car-
minis magici pronunciatu demiſſam repreſentâſſe
putantur, nos non tantum innocenter demittamus,
ſed etiam familiari quodam intuitu ejus quaſi con-
ditionem intueamur.
‘So much are we above
‘ the Ancients, that whereas they were fain
‘ by their Magical Charms to repreſent the
‘ Moons approach, we cannot only bring her
‘ lower with a greater Innocence, but may al-

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