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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2513That the Moon may be a World. longer in the Preface, becauſe that Prejudice
which the meer Title of the Book may beget,
cannot eaſily be removed without a great deal
of preparation, and I could not tell otherwiſe
how to rectifie the Thoughts of the Reader
for an impartial Survey of the following Diſ-
courſe.
I muſt need confeſs, though I had often
thought with my ſelf that it was poſſible there
might be a World in the Moon, yet it ſeem'd
ſuch an uncouth Opinion, that I never durſt
diſcover it, for fear of being counted ſingular,
and ridiculous;
but after having read Plutarch,
Gallileus, Keplar, with ſome others, and find-
ing many of my own Thoughts confirmed by
ſuch ſtrong Authority, I then concluded that
it was not only poſſible there might be, but
probably there was another habitable World
in that Planet.
In the proſecuting of this Aſſer-
tion, I ſhall firſt endeavour to clear the way
from ſuch doubts as may hinder the ſpeed or
eaſe of farther progreſs;
and becauſe the Sup-
poſitions imply'd in this Opinion, may ſeem to
contradict the Principles of Reaſon and Faith,
it will be requiſite that I firſt remove this Scru-
ple, ſhewing the conformity of them to both
theſe, and proving thoſe Truths that may make
way for the reſt, which I ſhall labour to perform
in the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Chap-
ters, and then proceed to conform ſuch Pro-
poſitions, which do more directly belong to
the main point in Hand.

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