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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            dies which are ſo full of deformity, ’tis requiſite
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            that it ſhould in ſome meaſure agree with them,
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            and as in this inferiour World, the higher Bo-
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            dies are the moſt compleat, ſo alſo in the Hea-
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            vens, Perfection is aſcended unto by degrees,
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            and the Moon being the loweſt, muſt be the
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            leaſt pure, and therefore Philo the Jew, Interpre-
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            ting Jacobs Dream, concerning the Ladder, doth
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            in an Allegory ſhew, how that in the Fabrick
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            of the World, all things grow perfecter, as they
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            grow higher, and this is the reaſon (ſaith he)
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            why the Moon doth not conſiſt of any pure ſim-
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            ple matter, but is mixed with Air, which ſhews
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            ſo darkly within her Body.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But this cannot be a Sufficient reaſon; </s>
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            though it were true, that Nature did frame
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            every thing perfecter, as it was higher, yet is it
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            as true, that Nature frames every thing fully
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            perfect for that Office to which ſhe intends it.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Now, had ſhe intended the Moon meerly to re-
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            flected the Sun-beams, and give light, the ſpots
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            then had not ſo much argued herProvidence, as
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            her unskilfulneſs and overſight, as if in the haſt
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            of her work, ſhe could not tell how to make
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            that Body exactly fit, for that Office, to which
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            ſhe intended it.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis likely then, that ſhe had ſome other end
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            which moved her to produce this variety, and
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            this in all probability was her intent to make
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            it a fit Body for Habitation, with the ſameCon-
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            veniences of Sea and Land, as this Inferiour
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            world doth partake of. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For ſince the Moon is
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            ſuch a Vaſt, ſuch aSolid and Opacous Body, like
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            our Earth (as was above proved) why may
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            it not be probable, that thoſe thinner and</s>
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