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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3927That the Moon may be a World. particulars as never fell under their Examinati-
on and Diſpute.
I have now in ſome Meaſure, ſhewed that
a Plurality of Worlds does not contradict any
Principle of Reaſon, or place of Scripture,
and ſo clear'd the firſt part of that Suppoſition
which is imply'd in the Opinion.
It may next be enquir'd, whether ’tis poſſi-
ble there may be a Globe of Elements in that
which we call the Æthereal parts of the Uni-
for if this (as it is according to the
common Opinion) be priviledged from any
Change or Corruption, it will be in vain then
to imagin any Element there;
and if we would
have another World, we muſt then ſeek out
ſome other place for its Scituation.
The third
Propoſition therefore ſhall be this,
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.
IT hath been often queſtioned amongſt the
Ancient Fathers and Philoſophers, what
kind of matter that ſhould be, of which the
Heavens are Fram'd.
Some think they conſiſt
of a Fifth Subſtance, diſtinct from the Four
Elements, as Ariſtotle holds, and with him
11De Cælo.
l. 1. c. 2.
ſome of the late School-Men, whoſe ſubtile
Brains could not be content to Attribute to
thoſe vaſt Glorious Bodies but common Mate-
rials, and therefore they themſelves had

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