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.
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            of the Hegheſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nay, Solinus (whom I ſhould
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            rather believe in this kind) affirms, that this
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            Mountain gives his ſhadow quite over the Sea,
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            from Macedon to the Iſle of Lemnos, which is
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            700 Furlongs, or 84 Miles, and yet according
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            to the common Reckoning, it doth ſcarce reach
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            4 Miles up wards, in its Perpendicular height.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0099-01" xlink:href="note-0099-01a" xml:space="preserve">Hiſt. l. 1.c.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I affirm, that there are very high Moun-
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            tains in the Moon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Keplar and Galilæus think,
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            that they are higher than any which are upon
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            our Earth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But I am not of their Opinion in this,
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            becauſe I ſuppoſe they go upon a falſe Ground,
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            whilſt they Conceive, that the higheſt Moun-
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            tain upon the Earth is not above a Mile Per-
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Whereas ’tis the common Opinion, and found
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            true enough by Obſervation, that Olympus,
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            Atlas, Taurus and Emus, with many others, are
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            much above this height. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Tenariffa in the
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            Canary Iſlands, is commonly related to be
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            above 8 Miles Perpendicular, and about this
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            height (ſay ſome) is the Mount Perjacaca in
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            Sir Walter Rawleigh ſeems to think,
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            that the higheſt of theſe is near 30 Miles up-
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            right. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">nay, Ariſtotle ſpeaking of Gaucaſus in
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            Aſia, affirins it to be Viſible for 560 Miles, as
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            ſome Interpreters find by Computation; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">from
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            which it will follow, that it was 78 Miles Per-
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            pendicularly high, as you may ſee confirm'd by
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            Facobus Mazonius, and out of him in Blancanus
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            the Jeſuit. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But this Deviates from the truth,
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            more in Exceſs, than the other doth in defect.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">However, though theſe in the Moon are
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            not ſo high asſome amongſt us; </s>
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            it is they are of a great height, and ſome of</s>
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