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.
And a little before this Paſſage, the ſame
Author ſpeaking of that vaporous Air about
the Moon, tells us, Quod circumfluus ille ſplendor
diverſis temporibus apparet limpidior plus minuſve
That it does at divers times appear of a diffe-
rent Clearneſs, ſometimes more, and ſome-
times leſs;
which he gueſſes to ariſe from the
Clouds and Vapours that are in it.
Unto this I may add another Teſtimony of
Giſatus, as he is quoted by Nicrembergi-
us, grounded upon an Obſervation taken 23
Years after this of Mæſlin, and Writ to this
Nieremberg. in a Letter by that diligent
and judicious Aſtronomer.
The Words of it
run thus;
Et quidem in eclipſi nuper a ſolari quæ
Hiſt. Nat.
l. 2. c. II.
fuit ipſo de natali Ghriſti, obſervavi clari in luna
ſoli ſuppoſita, quidpiam quod valde probat id ipſum
quod Gometæ quoque &
maculæ ſolares urgent, nem-
pe cælum non eſſe á tenuitate &
variationibus ae-
ris exemptum;
nam circalunam adverti eſſe ſphæ-
ram ſeu orbem quendam vaporoſum, non ſecus at-
que circum terram, adeoque ſicut ex terra in ali-
quam uſque ſphæram vapores &
exhalationes expi-
rant, ita quoque ex luna.
‘In that late Solary
‘ Eclipſe which happened on Chriſtmas Day,
‘ when the Moon was juſt under the Sun, I
‘ plainly diſcern’d that in her, which may clear-
‘ ly confirm what the Comets and Suns Spots
‘ do ſeem to prove, viz.
that the Heavens are
‘ not ſolid, nor freed from thoſe Changes which
‘ our Air is liable unto;
for, about the Moon
‘ I perceiv’d ſuch an Orb, a vaporous Air, as
‘ that is which doth encompaſs our Earth;
‘ as Vapours and Exhalations are raiſed from
‘ our Earth into this Air, ſo are they alſo from
‘ the Moon.

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