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.
ever look for any Evident or more Probable
Diſcoveries in this kind.
unleſs there be ſome
hopes of Inventing means for our Conveyance
The Poſſibility of which, ſhall be the
Subject of our Enquiry in this laſt Propoſition.
And, if we do but Conſider by what Steps
and Leaſure, all Arts do uſually riſe to their
Growth, we ſhall have no cauſe to Doubt why
this alſo may not hereafter be found out
amongſt other Secrets.
It hath Conſtantly yet
been the Method of Providence, not preſent-
ly to ſhew us all, but to Lead us on by De-
grees, from the Knowledg of one thing to an-
’T was a great While, ere the Planets were
Diſtinguſhed from the fixed Stars, and ſome
time after that, ere the Morning and Evening
Star were Found to be the ſame.
And in greater
ſpace (I doubt not) but this alſo, and other as
Excellent Myſteries will be Diſcovered.
who hath always been the Father of new
Truths, and hath revealed unto us many things,
which our Anceſtors were Ignorant of, will
alſo Manifeſt to our Poſterity, that which we
now deſire, but cannot know.
Veniet tempus
(ſaith Seneca) quo iſt a quæ nunc latent, in lucem
Nat. Qu.
l.7.cap. 25.
dies extrahet, &
longioris ævi diligentia. Time
will come, when the Indeavours of after Ages,
ſhall bring ſuch things to Light as now lie hid
in Obſcurity.
Arts are not yet come to their
But the Induſtry of Future Times,
Aſſiſted with the Labours of their Fore-Fa-
thers, may reach that Height which we could
not Attain to.
Veniet tempus quo poſteri noſlri
nos tam aperta neſciſſe mirentur.
As we now

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