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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            confuſed Figure, and doth not repreſent any
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            diſtinct Image, ſo that both in reſpect of the
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            matter, and the Form, it may be probable e-
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            nough, that thoſe ſpots and brighter parts may
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            ſhew the diſtinction betwixt the Sea and Land
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            in that other World.</s>
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. VIII.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">The Spots repeſent the Sea, and the brighter parts
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          the Land.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">WHen I firſt compar'd the Nature of our
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            Earth and Water, with thoſe appearan-
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            ces in the Moon; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I concluded contrary to the
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            Propoſition, that the brighter Parts repreſented
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            the Water, and the Spots the Land; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">of this
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            Opinion likewiſe was Keplar at the firſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But
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            my ſecond Thoughts, and the reading of others,
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            have now convinced me (as after he was) of
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            the Truth of that Propoſition which I have
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            now ſet down. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Before I come to the Confir-
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            mation of it, I ſhall mention thoſe Scruples,
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            which at firſt made me doubt the Truth of this
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            Opinion.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0080-01" xlink:href="note-0080-01a" xml:space="preserve">Opt. Aſtro.
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            c. 6. num. 9.
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            Diſſert.
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            cum nuncio
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            Gal.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It may be Objected, ’tis Probable, if there
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            be any ſuch Sea and Land as ours, that it bears
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            ſome Proportion and Similitude with ours, but
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            now this Propoſition takes away all Likeneſs
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            betwixt them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For whereas the Superficies of
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            our Earth is but the Third part of the whole
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            Surface in the Globe. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Two Parts being over-
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            ſpread with the Water (as Scaliger Obſerves)
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            yet here, according to this Opinion, the Sea
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            ſhould be leſs than the Land, ſince there is not</s>
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