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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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. II.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">That a Plurality of Worlds doth not contradict any
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            <s xml:space="preserve">TIS reported of Ariſtotle, that when he
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            ſaw the Books of Moſes, he commended
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            for ſuch a Majeſtick Style, as might become
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            a God, but withal, he cenſur'd that manner
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            of Writing to be very unfit for a Philoſopher:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe there was nothing prov'd in them,
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            but matters were deliver'd, as if they would
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            rather command, than perſwade Belief. </s>
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            ?</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">tis obſervd that he ſets down nothing himſelf,
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            but he confirms it by the ſtrongeſt Reaſon that
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            may be found, there being ſcarce an Argu-
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            ment of force for any Subject in Philoſophy,
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            which may not be picked out of his Writings; </s>
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            and therefore ’tis likely, if there were in Rea-
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            ſon a neceſſity of one only World, that he
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            would have found out ſome ſuch neceſſary
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            proof as might confirm it: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Eſpecially ſince he
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            Labours for it ſo much in two whole Chap-
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            himſelf urges in this Subject, are very weak,
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            and far enough from having in them any con-
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            vincing Power. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Therefore ’tis likely that a
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            Plurality of Worlds doth not contradict any
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            Principle of Reaſon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">However, I will ſet
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            <s xml:space="preserve">The firſt is this, ſince every heavy Body
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