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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1877That the Earth may be a Planet. than others; ſince Ariſtotle himſelf, and Pli-
ny did deny this as well as they.
I anſwer:
1. If they did, yet this do’s make more
to the preſent purpoſe:
For if ſuch great
Scholars, who were ſo eminent for their
knowledge in natural things, might yet not-
withſtanding be groſly miſtaken in ſuch
matters as are now evident and certain:
Why then we have no reaſon to depend
upon their aſſertions or Authorities, as if
they were infallible.
2. Though theſe great Naturaliſts, for
want of ſome experience were miſtaken in
that Opinion, whileſt they thought no place
was habitable but the temperate Zones;
yet
it cannot be from hence inferred, that they
denied the poſſibility of Antipodes:
Since theſe
are ſuch Inhabitants as live oppoſite unto us
in the other temperate Zone;
and ’twere an
abſurd thing to imagin that thoſe who lived
in different Zones, can be Antipodes to one a-
nother;
and argues that a Man did not un-
derſtand, or elſe had forgotten that common
diſtinction in Geography, wherein the relation
of the Worlds Inhabitants unto one another,
are reckoned up under theſe three heads;
An-
tæci, Periæci, and Antipodes.
But to let this
paſs:
’tis certain, that ſome of the Fathers did
deny the being of any ſuch, upon other more
abſurd grounds.
Now if ſuch as Chryfoſtom,
Lactantius, &
c. who were noted for great
Scholars, and ſuch too as flouriſhed in theſe
latter times, when all human Learning

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