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.
I have now done with theſe Propoſitions
which are ſet down to clear the paſſage, and
conſirm the Suppoſitions implyed in the Opi-
nion;
I ſhall in the next place proceed to a
more direct Treating of the chief matter in
Hand.

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.

SInce this Opinion may be ſuſpected of Sin-
gularity, I ſhall firſt confirm it by ſuffici-
ent Authority oſ divers Authors, both Anci-
ent and Modern, that to I may the better clear
it from the prejudice either of an Upſtart Fan-
cy, or an obſelute Error.
This is by ſome at-
tributed to Orpheus, one of the moſt Ancient
Greek Poets.
Who ſpeaking of the Moon,
ſays thus, τί πσλλ αςεα, πολλα μίλα ορα
Plut. de
place. phil.
l. 2. c. 13.
That it hath many Mountains, and Cities, and
Houſes in it.
To him aſſented Anaxagoras,
Democritus, and Heraclides, all who, thought
Ibid. c. 23.it to have ſirm ſolid Ground, like to our Earth,
Diog.
Laert. l- 2.
& l. 9.
containing in it many large Fields, Champion
Grounds, and divers Inhabitants.
Of this Opinion likewiſe was Xenophanes,
as he is cited for it by Lactantius;
though that
Father, perhaps, did miſtake his meaning
Divin. Inſt.
lib. 3. c. 23.
whilſt he relates it thus, Dixit Xenophanes, in-
tra concavum Lunæ eſſe aliam terram, &
ibi ali-
ud genus hominum ſimili modo vivere ſicut nos

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