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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1855That the Earth may be a Planet. Or, how might any thing confirmed be,
For publick uſe, by its Antiquity?
But for more full ſatisfaction of all thoſe
ſcruples that may ariſe from the ſeeming
Novelty or Singularity of this Opinion, I
ſhall propoſe theſe following conſiderations.
Suppoſe it were a Novelty: Yet ’tis in
11Conſid. 1. Philoſophy, and that is made up of nothing
elſe;
but receives addition from every days
experiment.
True indeed, for Divinity we
have an infallible rule that do’s plainly in-
form us of all neceſſary Truths;
and there-
fore the Primitive Times are of greater Au-
thority, becauſe they were nearer to thoſe
holy Men who were the Pen-Men of Scrip-
ture.
But now for Philoſophy, there is no
ſuch reaſon:
Whatever the School-Men
may talk;
yet Ariſtotle’s works are not
neceſſarily true, and he himſelf hath by ſuf-
ficient Arguments proved himſelf to be lia-
ble unto errour.
Now in this caſe, if we
ſhould ſpeak properly, Antiquity does con-
ſiſt in the old age of the World, not in the
youth of it.
In ſuch Learning as may be in-
creaſed by freſh experiments and new diſ-
co eries:
’Tis we are the Fathers, and of
more Authority than former Ages;
becauſe
we have the advantage of more time than
they had, and Truth (we ſay) is the Daugh-
ter of Time.
However, there is nothing
in this Opinion ſo Magiſterially propoſed,
but the Reader may uſe his own liberty;
and if all the reaſons conſidered

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