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.
I anſwer, 1. ’Tis not perhaps impoſſible, that a man
may be able to Fly, by the application of Wings to his
own body;
as Angels are pictur’d, as Mercury and Dæda-
lus are feigned, and as hath been attempted by divers,
particularly by a Turk in Conſtantinople, as Busbequius relates.
Lib. 3.
c. 40.
3. Or if neither of theſe ways will ſerve; yet I do ſeri-
only, and upon good grounds, affirm it poſſible to make a
Flying Chariot;
in which a Man may ſit, and give ſuch a
motion unto it, as ſhall convey him through the Air.
And
this perhaps might be made large enough to carry divers
Men at the ſame time, together with Food for their Via-
ticum, and commodities for Traffick.
It is not the bigneſs
of any thing in this kind, that can hinder its motion, if
the raotive Faculty be anſwerable thereunto.
We ſee a
great Ship ſwims as well as a ſmall cork, and an Eagle flies
in the Air as well as a little gnat.
This Engine may be contrived from the ſame Principles
by which Architas made a wooden Dove, and Regiomontanus
a wooden Eagle.
I conceive it were no difficult matter (if a man had lei-
ſure) to ſhew more particularly the means of compoſing it.
The perfecting of ſuch an Invention, would be of ſuch ex-
cellent uſe, that it were enough, not only to make a man
Famous, but the Age alſo where he lives.
For beſides the
ſtrange diſcoveries that it might occaſion in this other
World, it would be alio of inconceivable advantage for
Travelling, above any other conveyanee that is now in uſe.
So that notwithſtanding all theſe ſeeming impoſſibilities,
’tis likely enough, that there may be a means invented of
Journying to the Moon;
and how happy ſhall they be,
that are firſt ſucceſsful in this attempt?
--------Fæliceſque animæ, quas nubila ſupra,
Et turpes fumos, plenumque vaporibus orbem,
Inſeruit cælo ſancti ſcintilla Promethei.
Having thus finiſhed this Diſcourſe, I chanced upon a
late fancy to this purpoſe under the feigned Name of Do-
mingo Gonſales, written by a late Reverend and Learned
Biſhop:
In which (beſides ſundry partlculars wherein this

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