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.
However, the World would have no great
Loſs in being depriv'd of this Muſick, unleſs
at ſome times we had the priviledge to hear
Then indeed Philo the Jew thinks it would
ſave us the Charges of Dyet, and we might
De ſomniis.Live at an eaſier Rate, by feeding on the Ear
only, and receiving no other Nouriſhment;
and for this very Reaſon (ſays he) was Moſes
Enabled to tarry Forty Days and Forty Nights
in the Mount without eating any thing, be-
cauſe he there heard the Melody of the Hea-
-Riſum teneatis. I know this Muſick
hath had great Patrons, both Sacred and Pro-
phane Authors,ſuch as Ambroſe, Bede, Boetius,
Aneſelme, Plato, Cicero, and others;
but be-
cauſe it is not now, I think, Affirm'd by any,
I ſhall not therefore beſtow eìther Pains or
Time in arguing againſt it.
It may ſuffice that I have only Named theſe
Three laſt, and for the two more neceſſary,
have referred the Reader to others for ſatis-
I ſhall in the next place Proceed to
the Nature of the Moons Body, to know whe-
ther that be Capable of any ſuch Conditions,
as may make it poſſible to be Inhabited, and
what thoſe Qualities are wherein it more near-
ly Agrees with our Earth.


That the Moon is a Solid, Compacted, Opacous

I Shall not need to ſtand long in the Proof of
this Propoſition, ſince it is a Truth already

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