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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5644That the Moon may be a World. Night; but her Melancholly being not ſatis-
fied with this, ſhe replied again, That that alaſs
was no benefit;
for in the Day time, ſhe
ſhould be either not ſeen, or not noted.
Where-
fore, God to Comfort Her up, promiſed, that
his People the Iſraelites ſhould Celebrate all
their Feaſts and Holy Days by a Computation
of her Months;
but this being not able to
Content Her, ſhe has looked very Melancholly
ever ſince;
however ſhe hath ſtill reſerved
much light of her own.
Others there were, that did think the Moon
to be a Round Globe;
the one half of whoſe
Body was of a bright Subſtance, the other half
being dark;
and the divers Converſions of
thoſe ſides towards our Eyes, cauſed the Variety
of her apperances:
of this Opinion was Beroſus,
as he is cited by Vitruvius;
and St. 11Lib. 9.
Archite-
cturœ.
thought it was probable enough.
But this fancy
is almoſt equally abſurd with the former, and
22Narratio
Pſalmorum.
item.ep. 119
both of them ſound rather like Fables, than
Philoſophical Truths.
You may Commonly ſee
how this latter does Contradict frequent and
eaſie experience;
for ’tis obſerved, that that
ſpot which is perceiv'd about her middle, when
ſhe is in the Encreaſe, may be diſcern'd in the
ſame place when ſhe is in the Full:
whence it
muſt follow, that the ſame part which was be-
fore darkened, is after inlighten'd, and that the
one part is not always Dark, and the other
Light of it ſelf.
But enough of this, I would
be loth to make an Enemy, that I may after-
wards overcome him, or beſtow time in Pro-
ving that which is already granted, I

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