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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11199That the Moon may be a World. riences which Men of latter times have found
out, for the Confirmation of this Truth.
2. Unto him aſſents Macrobius; whoſe
Words are theſe;
Terra accepto ſolis lumine cla-
reſcit tantummodò, non relucet.
‘The Earth is
11Somn. Scip.
l. 1. c. 19.
‘ by the Sun Beams made Bright, but not able
‘ to Enlighten any thing ſo far.
And his Rea-
ſon is, becauſe this being of a thick and Groſs
matter, the light is terminated in its Superſicies,
and cannot Penetrate into the Subſtance, where-
as the Moon doth therefore ſeem ſo Bright to
us, becauſe it receives the Beams within it ſelf.
But the Weakneſs of this Aſſertion, may be
eaſily Maniſeſt by a common Experience;
liſhed Steel (whoſe Opacity will not give any
Admittance to the Raies) reſlects a ſtronger
Heat than Glaſs, and ſo Conſequently a greater
3. ’Tis the general Conſent of Philoſophers,
that the Reflection of the Sun-Beams from the
Earth doth not reach much above half a
Mile high, where they Terminate the firſt Re-
gion, ſo that to Affirm they might aſcend to
the Moon, were to ſay, there were but one
Region of Air, which Contradicts the proved
and received Opinion.
Unto this it may be Anſwered:
That it is indeed the common Conſent, that
the Reſlection of the Sun-Beams reach only to
the Second Region;
but yet ſome there are,
and thoſe too, Philoſophers, of good Note,
who thought otherwiſe.
Thus Plotinus is Cited
by Cælius, ſi concipiat te in ſublimi quopiam mun-
22Ant. lect. l.
di loco, unde oculis ſubjiciatur terræ moles aquis
circumfuſa, &
ſolis ſyderumq; radiis

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