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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            Ariſtarchus, Philolæus, and Copernicus, with
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            many other later Writers, who aſſented unto
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            their Hypotheſis; </s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Rhelicus, David
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            Origanus Lansbergius, Guil. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Gilbert, and (iſ I
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            may believe Campanella) Innumeri alii Angli & </s>
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            Galli, Very many others, both Engliſh and
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            French, all who affirm’d our Earth to be one
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            of the Planets, and the Sun to be the Centre of
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            all, about which the Heavenly Bodies did
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            move. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And how horrid ſoever this may ſeem
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            at firſt, yet is it likely enough to be true, nor
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            is there any Maxim or Obſervation in Op-
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            ticks (ſaith Pena) that can diſprove it.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0072-03" xlink:href="note-0072-03a" xml:space="preserve">See the fe-
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            cond Book.
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            1 Prop.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Now iſ our Earth were one of the Planets,
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            (as it is according to them) then why may not
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            another of the Planets be an Earth.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus have I ſhewed you the Truth oſ this
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Before I proceed farther, ’tis
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            requiſite that I inform the Reader, what Me-
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            thod I ſhall follow in the proving of this chief
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            Aſſertion, that there is a World in the Moon.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">The Order by which I ſhall be guided, will
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            be, that which Ariſtotle uſes in his Book, De
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            Mundo, (if that Book were his.)</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Firſt, Πξι τμ άν alp2;</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">μτñ of thoſe chief parts
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            which are in it; </s>
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            real (as he doth there) ſince this doth not be-
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            long to the preſent Queſtion, but of the Sea
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            and Land, &</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Secondly, Πρτ άμτιυτ παυΠν, of
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            thoſe things which are Extrinſical to it, as the
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            Seaſons, Meteors, and Inhabitants.</s>
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