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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That the Moon may be a World.
nor can he know much in Aſtronomy, who
underſtands not the Paralax, which is a Foun-
dation of that Science;
and I am ſure that he is
a timerous Man, who dares not believe the
frequent experience of his Senſes, or truſt to a
True indeed, I grant ’tis poſſible, that the
Eye, the Medium, and the diſtance may all
deceive the Beholder;
but I would have him
ſhew which of all theſe was likely to cauſe an
Errour in this Obſervation?
Meerly to ſay they
might be deceiv’d, is no ſufficient Anſwer;
for by this I may confute the poſitions of all
Aſtronomers, and affirm the Stars are hard by
us, becauſe ’tis poſſible they may be deceiv’d
in their Obſerving diſtance.
But I forbear any
further reply;
my opinion is of that Treatiſe,
that either it was ſet forth purpoſely to tempt
a Confutation, that he might ſee the Opinion
of Galilæus confirm’d by others, or elſe it was
invented with as much haſt and negligence as
it was Printed, there being in it, almoſt as ma-
ny Faults as Lines.
Others think, that theſe are not any new
Comets, but ſome ancient Stars that were there
before, which now ſhine with that unuſual
Brightneſs, by reaſon of the interpoſition of
ſuch Vapours, which do multiply their Light;
and ſo the Alteration will be here only, and
not in the Heavens.
Thus Ariſtotle thought
the appearance of the milky way was produ-
For he held, that there were many lit-
tle Stars, which by their Influence did conſtant-
ly attract ſuch a Vapour towards that place of
Heaven, ſo that it always appeared white.

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