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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7665That the Moon may be a World.
The Stoicks held that Planet to be 11Plut. Fe
placit. phil.
l 2. c. 25.
ed by Fire and Air, and in their Opinion, the
Variety of its Compoſition cauſed her ſpots;
being not aſhamed to ſtile the ſame Body a
Goddeſs, calling it Diana, Minerva, &
c. and
yet affirm it to be an impure Mixture of
Flame and Smoke, and Fuliginous Air.
But this Planet cannot conſiſt of Fire (ſaith
Plutarch) becauſe there is not any Fewel to
maintain it.
And the Poets therefore have
fained Vulcan to be lame, becauſe he can no
more ſubſiſt without Wood or other Fewel,
than a Lame Man without a Staff.
Anaxagor as thought all the Stars to be of an
Earthly Nature, Mixed with ſome Fire;
as for the Sun, he affirmed it to be nothing
elſe but a ſieryStone;
for which later Opinion
l. 2. com.
App. Au-
guſte de ci-
vit. Dei.
l. 18. c. 41.
the Athenians ſentenc'd him to Death, thoſe
Zealous Idolaters counting it a great Blaſphe-
my to make their God a Stone, whereas not-
withſtanding, they were ſo ſenſeleſs in their
adoration of Idols, as to make a Stone their
This Anaxagor as affirm'd the Moon to
be more Terreſtrial than the other Planets,
but of a greater Purity than any thing here
below, and the Spots, he thought, were no-
thing elſe, but ſome cloudy parts, intermin-
gled with the Light which belonged to that
but I have above deſtroyed the Sup-
poſition on which this Fancy is grounded.
ny thinks they ariſe from ſome droſſie ſtuff,
33Nat. Hiſt.
l. 2. c. 9.
mixed with that moiſture which the Moon
attracts unto her ſelſ;
but he was of their Opi-
nion, who thought the Stars were nouriſhed
by ſome Earthly Vapours, which you

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