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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129117That the Moon may be a World. as HI. Suppoſe EF likewiſe to repreſent half
the Heavens, wherein was this appearing Co-
met at K.
Now I ſay, that a contracted Va-
pour, as G, could not cauſe this appearance,
becauſe an Inhabitant at M could not diſcern
the ſame Star with the brightneſs, but perhaps
another at L, betwixt which the Vapour is di-
rectly interpoſed.
Nor could it be cauſed by a
dilated Vapour, as HI, becauſe then all the
Stars that were diſcern’d through it, would be
perceiv’d with the ſame brightneſs.
’Tis neceſſary therefore that the cauſe of this
appearance ſhould be in the Heavens.
And this
is granted by the moſt and beſt Aſtronomers.
But, ſay ſome, this doth not argue any natural
Alteration in thoſe purer Bodies, ſince ’tis pro-
bable that the Concourſe of many little Va-
gabond Stars, by the Union of their Beams
may cauſe ſo great a Light.
Of this Opinion
were Anaxagor as and Zeno amongſt the Anci-
ents, and Baptiſta Giſatus, Blancanus, with
others amongſt our modern Aſtronomers.
ſay they, when there happens to be a Con-
courſe of ſome few Stars, then do many others
fly unto them from all the parts of Heaven like
ſo many Bees unto their King.
But 1. ’Tis not
likely that amongſt thoſe which we count the
fixed Stars, there ſhould be any ſuch uncertain
Motions, that they can wander from all parts
of the Heavens, as if Nature had neglected
them, or forgot to appoint them a determi-
nate Courſe.
2. If there be ſuch a Conſlux
of theſe, as of Bees to their King, then what
reaſon is there, that they do not ſtill tarry with
it, that ſo the Comet may not be diſſolv’d ?

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