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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[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.
[51.] PROP. IV.
[52.] PROP. V.
[53.] PROP. VI.
[55.] That the EARTH May be a PLANET. PROP. I.
[56.] PROP. II.
[57.] PROP. III.
[58.] PROP. IV.
[59.] PROP. V. That the Scripture, in its proper conſtru-ction, does not any where affirm the Immobility of the Earth.
[60.] PROP. VI. That there is not any Argument from the Words of Scripture, Principles of Na-ture, or Obſervations in Aſtronomy, which can ſuſſiciently evidence the Earth to be in the Gentre of the Uni-verſe.
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140128That the Moon may be a World.& aerea lunæ, & gravidine usateriali terræ, &
conſimiliter de aliis ſtellarum regionibus, ſuſpican-
tes nullam habitationibus carere, quaſi tot ſint par-
tes particulares mundiales unius aniverſi, quot ſunt
ſtellæ quærum non eſt numerus, niſi apud eum qui
omnia in numero creavit.
‘We may conjecture (ſaith he) the Inhabi-
‘ tants of the Sun are like to the nature of that
‘ Planet, more clear and bright, more intel-
‘ lectual than thoſe in the Moon where they
‘ are nearer to the Nature of that duller Pla-
‘ net, and thoſe of the Earth being more groſs
and material than either, ſo that theſe Intelle-
‘ ctual Natures in the Sun, are more form than
‘ matter, thoſe in the Earth more matter than
‘ form, and thoſe in the Moon betwixt both.
‘ This we may gueſs from the fiery influence
‘ of the Sun, the watery and aerous influence
‘ of the Moon, as alſo the material Heavineſs
‘ of the Earth.
In ſome ſuch manner likewiſe
‘ is it with the Regions of the-other Stars;
‘ we conjecture that none of them are without
‘ Inhabitants, but that there are ſo many par-
‘ ticular Worlds and parts of this one Univerſe,
‘ as there are Stars, which are innumerable, un-
‘ leſs it be to him who Created all things in
‘ Number.
For he held that the Stars were not all in
one equal Orb as we commonly ſuppoſe;
that ſome were ſar higher than others, which
made them appear leſs;
and that many others
were ſo far above any of theſe, that they were
altogether inviſible unto us.
An Opinion which
(as I conceive) hath not any great probability
for it, nor certainty againſt it.

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