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.
No; ſince ’tis ſo, and more with us alſo under
the Poles;
and beſides, the general Length of
their Night is ſomewhat abated in the Bigneſs
of their Moon which is our Earth.
For this Re-
turns as great a Light unto that Planet, as it
Receives from it.
But for the better Proof of
this, I ſhall firſt free the Way from ſuch Opi-
nions as might otherwiſe hinder the ſpeed of a
clearer Progreſs.
Plut de.
fac lunæ.
Plutarch, one of the chief Patrons of this
World in the Moon, doth directly Contract
this Propoſition, Affirming, that thoſe who
Live there, may diſcern our World, as the
Dreggs and Sediment of all other Creatures,
appearing to them through Clouds and Foggy
miſts, and that altogether Devoid of Light,
being Baſe and unmoveable;
ſo that they
might well imagine the Dark place of Damna-
tion to be here Situate, and that they only were
the Inhabiters of the World, as being in the
midſt betwixt Heaven and Hell.
To this I may Anſwer, ’tis Probable that
Plutarch ſpake this Inconſiderately, and with-
out a Reaſon, which makes him likewife fall
into another Abſurdity, when he ſays our Earth
would appear Immovable;
whereas Queſtion-
leſs, though it did not, yet would it ſeem to
Move and theirs to ſtand Still, as the Land doth
to a Man in a Ship;
according to that of the
Poet.

Provehimur portu, terræque urbeſque recedunt.

And I doubt not but that the Ingenious Au-
thor would eaſily have Recanted, if he
had been but acquainted with thoſe Expe-

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