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 Earth may be a Planet.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">In which kind of Hypotheſis there will be a
            double difference of Motion. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The one cauſed
            by the different ſcituation of the Moon's Bo-
            dy in its own Eccentrick. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The other by the
            different ſcituation of the Moons Orb in the
            Earth's Eccentrick: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which is ſo exactly an-
            ſwerable to the Motions and Appearances of
            this Planet, that from hence Lansbergius draws
            an Argument for this Syſtem of the Heavens,
            which in the ſtrength of his confidence he
            calls, Demonſtr ationem ’ζπιςηγεονιυUlot;</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ù, cui nullâ
            ratione poteſt contradici.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">4. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As for the difference betwixt Winter
            and Summer; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">betwixt the number and length
            of Days, which appertain to each of thoſe
            Seaſons: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the ſeeming motion of the Sun from
            one Sign to another in the Zodiack: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">All this
            may eaſily be ſolved, by ſuppoſing the Earth
            to move in an Eccentrical Orb about the Sun.
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus,</s>
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