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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That the Moon may be a World.
that ſhines upon them, muſt ſeem as Bright to
thoſe in the Moon, as if the beams were Im-
mediately Reflected from our Earth.
2. When theſe Clouds that are Interpoſed,
are of any large Extention or great Opacity,
as it is in extraordinary laſting and great Rains,
then there muſt be ſome diſcernable alterati-
ons in the Light of our Earth;
But yet this
does not make it to differ from the Moon;
ſince it is ſo alſo with that Planet, as is ſhew-
ed in the latter part of the next Chapter.


That’tis probable there may be ſuch Meteors belong-
# ing to that World in the Moon, as there are
# with us.
PLutarch Diſcuſſing this Point, Affirms, that
it is not neceſſary there ſhould bethe ſame
means of Growth and fructifying in both theſe
Worlds, ſince Nature might in her Policy find
out more ways than one, how to bring about
the ſame Effect.
But however, he thinks it is
Probable, that the Moon her ſelf ſendeth forth
warm Winds, and by the ſwiftneſs of her mo-
tion, there ſhould breath out a ſweet and com-
fortable Air, pleaſant Dews, and gentle moi-
ſture, which might ſerve for refreſhment and
nouriſhment of the Inhabitants and Plants in
that other World.
But ſince they have all things alike with
us, as Sea and Land, and vaporous Air en-
compaſſing both, I ſhould rather therefore
think, that Nature there ſhould uſe the ſame

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