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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7159That the Moon may be a World. ‘ ſo with a more familiar view behold her
‘ Condition.
And becauſe you ſhall have no
occaſion to queſtion the Truth oſ thoſe Expe-
riments, which I ſhall afterwards urge from
I will therefore ſet down the Teſtimony
of an Enemy, and ſuch a Witneſs hath always
been accounted prevalent:
you may ſee it in the
above nam’d Cæſar la Galla, whoſe Words
are theſe:
Mercureum caduceum geſtantem, cœ-
11De phœ-
nom. cap. 1.
leſtia nunciare, &
mortuorem animas ab inferis
revocare ſapiens finxit antiquitas.
verò novum Fovis interpretem Teleſcopio caduceo
inſtructum Sydera aperire, &
veterum Philoſo-
phorum manes ad ſuperosrevocare ſolere noſtra ætas
videt &
admiratur. ‘Wiſe Antiquity Fabled
‘ Mercury carrying a Rod in his hand, to relate
‘ News from Heaven, and call back the Souls
‘ of the Dead;
but it hath been the happineſs
‘ of our Induſtrious Age to ſee and admire Ga-
‘ lilæus, the new Embaſſador of the Gods, fur-
‘ niſhed with his Perſpective to unfold the Na-
‘ ture oſ the Stars, and awaken the Ghoſts of
‘ the Ancient Philoſophers.
So worthily and
highly did theſe Men eſteem of this excel-
lent Invention.
Now, if you would know what might be
done by this Glaſs, in the ſight of ſuch things as
were nearer to hand, the ſame Author will
tell you, when he ſays, that by it thoſe things
which could ſcarce at all be diſcern’d by the
22Ibid. c. @@. Eye, at the diſtance of a Mile and a half, might
plainly and diſtinctly be perceiv’d for 16 Italian
Miles, and that as they were really in them-
ſelves, without any Tranſpoſition or falſifying
at all.
So that what the Ancient Poets

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