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.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">You ſee what probable Grounds and plain
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            Teſtimonies I have brought for the Confirma-
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            tion of this Propoſition: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">many other things
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            in this behalf might be ſpoken, which for bre-
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            vity ſake I now omit, and paſs unto the next.</s>
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. XIII.</head>
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            # other World, but of what kind they are, is un-
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I Have already handled the Seaſons, and Me-
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            teors belonging to this new World; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’tis
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            requiſite that in the next place I ſhould come
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            unto the third thing which I promis’d, and ſay
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            ſomewhat of the Inhabitants; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">concerning
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            whom there might be many difficult Queſtions
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            raiſed; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">as whether that place be more inconve-
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            nient for Habitation than our World (as Kep-
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            lar thinks;) </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whether they are the ſeed of Adam,
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            whether they are there in a bleſſed eſtate, or
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            elſe what means there may be for their Salva-
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            tion? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">with many other ſuch uncertain Enqui-
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            ries, which I ſhall willingly omit, leaving it
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            to their Examination who have more leiſure
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            and Learning for the ſearch of ſuch particulars.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Being for mine own part content only to ſet
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            down ſuch Notes belonging unto theſe, which
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            I have obſerv’d in other Writers. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Gum tota
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            illa regio nobis ignota ſit, remanent inbabitatores
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            illi ignoti penitus, ſaith Guſanus; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Since we know
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            not the Regions of that place, we muſt be al-
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            together ignorant of the Inhabitants. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">There
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            hath not yet been any ſuch diſcovery concer-</s>
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