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">I have now done with theſe Propoſitions
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            which are ſet down to clear the paſſage, and
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            conſirm the Suppoſitions implyed in the Opi-
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            nion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhall in the next place proceed to a
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. VI.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">That there is a World in the Moon, bath been
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          the direct Opinion of many Ancient, with ſome
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          Modern Mathematicians, and may probably
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            <s xml:space="preserve">SInce this Opinion may be ſuſpected of Sin-
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            gularity, I ſhall firſt confirm it by ſuffici-
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            ent Authority oſ divers Authors, both Anci-
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            ent and Modern, that to I may the better clear
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            it from the prejudice either of an Upſtart Fan-
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            cy, or an obſelute Error. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This is by ſome at-
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            tributed to Orpheus, one of the moſt Ancient
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            Greek Poets. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Who ſpeaking of the Moon,
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            ſays thus, τί πσλλ αςεα, πολλα μίλα ορα
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            That it hath many Mountains, and Cities, and
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            Houſes in it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To him aſſented Anaxagoras,
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            Democritus, and Heraclides, all who, thought
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            it to have ſirm ſolid Ground, like to our Earth,
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            containing in it many large Fields, Champion
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            Grounds, and divers Inhabitants.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0064-01" xlink:href="note-0064-01a" xml:space="preserve">Plut. de
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            place. phil.
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            l. 2. c. 13.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0064-02" xlink:href="note-0064-02a" xml:space="preserve">Ibid. c. 23.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0064-03" xlink:href="note-0064-03a" xml:space="preserve">Diog.
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            Laert. l- 2.
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            & l. 9.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Of this Opinion likewiſe was Xenophanes,
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            <s xml:space="preserve">though that
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            Father, perhaps, did miſtake his meaning
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            whilſt he relates it thus, Dixit Xenophanes, in-
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            tra concavum Lunæ eſſe aliam terram, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ibi ali-
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            ud genus hominum ſimili modo vivere ſicut nos</s>
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