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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[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.
[41.] PROP. XII.
[42.] PROP. XIII.
[43.] PROP. XIV.
[44.] FINIS.
[45.] A DISCOURSE Concerning a Rem Planet. Tending to prove That ’tis probable our EARTH is one of the PLANETS. The Second Book. By John Wilkins, late L. Biſhop of Cheſter.
[46.] LONDON: Printed by J. D. for John Gellibrand, at the Golden Ball in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. M.DC.LXXXIV.
[47.] To the Reader.
[48.] PROP. I.
[49.] PROP. II.
[50.] PROP. III.
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3725That the Moon may be a World. hath been ſaid, I may conclude, that the ſilence
of Scripture, concerning any other World, is
not ſufficient Argument to prove that there is
Thus for the two firſt Arguments.
Unto the third, I may anſwer, That this
very Example is quoted by others, to ſhew
the Ignorance of thoſe Primitive Times, who
did ſometimes condemn what they did not
underſtand, and have often cenſur'd the Law-
ful and undoubted Parts of Mathematicks for
Heretical, becauſe they themſelves could not
perceive a reaſon of it.
And therefore their
Practice, in this particular, is no fufficient Te-
ſtimony againſt us.
But laſtly, I anſwer to all the above nam'd
Objections, That the Term (World) may be
taken in a double Senſe, more Generally, for
the whole Univerſe, as it implies in it the
Elementary and Æthereal Bodies, the Stars
and the Earth.
Secondly, more particularly,
for an inferiour World conſiſting of Elements.
Now the main Drift of all theſe Arguments
is to confute a Plurality of Worlds in the firſt
and if there were any ſuch, it might,
perhaps, ſeem ſtrange, that Moſes, or St.
ſhould either not know, or not mention its
And Virgilius was condemned for
this Opinion, becauſe he held, quòd ſit alius
mundus ſub terra, aliuſque Sol &
Luna, (as Ba-
ronius) That within our Globe of Earth, there
was another World, another Sun and Moon,
and ſo he might ſeem to exclude this from the
Number of the other Creatures.
But now there is no ſuch danger in this Opi-
nion, which is here deliver'd, ſince this World
is ſaid to be in the Moon, whoſe Creation is
particularly expreſt.

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