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.
Ariſtarchus, Philolæus, and Copernicus, with
many other later Writers, who aſſented unto
their Hypotheſis;
ſo Foach. Rhelicus, David
Origanus Lansbergius, Guil.
Gilbert, and (iſ I
pro Galli-
may believe Campanella) Innumeri alii Angli &

Galli, Very many others, both Engliſh and
French, all who affirm’d our Earth to be one
of the Planets, and the Sun to be the Centre of
all, about which the Heavenly Bodies did
And how horrid ſoever this may ſeem
at firſt, yet is it likely enough to be true, nor
is there any Maxim or Obſervation in Op-
ticks (ſaith Pena) that can diſprove it.
Now iſ our Earth were one of the Planets,
(as it is according to them) then why may not
another of the Planets be an Earth.
Thus have I ſhewed you the Truth oſ this
Before I proceed farther, ’tis
requiſite that I inform the Reader, what Me-
thod I ſhall follow in the proving of this chief
Aſſertion, that there is a World in the Moon.
The Order by which I ſhall be guided, will
be, that which Ariſtotle uſes in his Book, De
Mundo, (if that Book were his.)
Firſt, Πξι τμ άν alp2; μτñ of thoſe chief parts
which are in it;
not the Elementary and Æthe-
real (as he doth there) ſince this doth not be-
long to the preſent Queſtion, but of the Sea
and Land, &
c. Secondly, Πρτ άμτιυτ παυΠν, of
thoſe things which are Extrinſical to it, as the
Seaſons, Meteors, and Inhabitants.

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