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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10997That the Moon may be a World. Ariſtotle uſes in in his Book de Mundo, and
ſhew'd you the neceſſary parts that belong to
this World in the Moon.
In the next place
’tis requiſite that I proceed to thoſe things
which are Extrinſecal unto it, as the Seaſons, the
Meteors, and the Inhabitants.
1. Of the Seaſons;
And if there be ſuch a World in the Moon,
’tis requiſite then that their Seaſons ſhould be
ſome way Correſpondent unto ours, that they
ſhould have Winter and Summer, Night and
Day, as we have.
Now that in this Planet there is ſome Si-
militude of Winter and Summer, is affirmed
11De gen.
animal. l. 4.
by Ariſtotle himſelf, ſince there is one Hemiſ-
phere that hath always Heat and Light, and
the other that hath Darkneſs and Cold.
indeed, their Days and Years are always
of one and the ſame Length (unleſs we make
one of their Years to be 19 of ours, in which
ſpace all the Stars do Ariſe after the ſame Or-
But ’tis ſo with us alſo under the Poles,
and therefore that great difference is not Suf-
ficient to make it altogether unlike ours;
can we expect that every thing there ſhould be
in the ſame manner as it is here below, as if
Nature had no way but one to bring about her
We have no Reaſon then to think
it neceſſary that both theſe Worlds ſhould be
altogether alike, but it may ſuffice if they be
Coreſpondent in ſomething only.
However, it
may be queſtioned whether it doth not ſeem to
be againſt the Wiſdom of Providence, to make
the Night of ſo great a Length, when they have
ſuch a long time unfit for Work?

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