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.]
[54. PROP. VII. PROP. VIII. PROP. IX. PROP. X.]
[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.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">For the better Illuſtration oſ this, we may
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            conſider ſeveral ways whereby divers Bodies
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            are enlightned. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Either as Water, by admit-
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            ting the Beams into its Subſtance; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or as Air
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            and thin Clouds, by Tranſmitting their Rays
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            quite thorow their Bodies; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or as thoſe things
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            which are of an Opacous Nature, and ſmooth
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            Superficies, which reflect the Light only in
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            one place; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or elſe, as thoſe things which are
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            of an Opacous Nature, and Rugged Superſi-
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            cies, which by a kind of Circumfluous Re-
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            flexion, are at the ſame time Diſcernable in
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            many places, as our Earth, and the Moon.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It is Compact, and not a Spungey and
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            Porous Subſtance. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But this is denyed by (a)
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            Diogenes, (b) Vitellio, (c) Reinoldus, and ſome
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            other, who held the Moon to be of the ſame
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            kind of Nature as a Pumice-Sone; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and this,
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            ſay they, is the reaſon why in the Suns Eclipſes
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            there appears within her a duskiſh ruddy Co-
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            lour, becauſe the Sun Beams being Refracted
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            in paſſing through the Pores of her Body, muſt
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            neceſſarily be Repreſented under ſuch a Co-
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            lour.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0052-02" xlink:href="note-0052-02a" xml:space="preserve">a Plut. de
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            pla. phil.
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            l. 2. c. 13.
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            b Opt.lib.4.
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            c Com. Pur-
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            bac. Theo.p.
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            164.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But I Reply, if this be the Cauſe of her
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            Redneſs, then why doth ſhe not appear under
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            the ſame Form when ſhe is about a Sextile Aſ-
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            pect, and the Darkned part of her Body is
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            Diſcernable? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for then alſo do the ſame Rays
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            paſs through Her, and therefore in all likely-
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            hood ſhould produce the ſame Effect; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            notwithſtanding thoſeBeams are then diverted
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            from us, that they cannot enter into our Eyes
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            by a ſtraight Line, yet muſt the Colour ſtill
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            remain Viſible in her Body. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And beſides, ac-</s>
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