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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[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.]
[61. PROP. VII. Tis probable that the Sun is in the Gentre of the World.]
[62. PROP. VIII. That there is not any ſufficient reaſon to prove the Earth incapable of thoſe mo-tions which Copernicus aſcribes un-to it.]
[63. Provebimur portu, terræque, verbeſq; recedunt.]
[64. PROP. IX. That it is more probable the Earth does move, than the Sun or Heavens.]
[65. PROP. X. That this Hypotheſis is exactly agreeable to common appearances.]
[66. Quicunq; ſolam mente præcipiti petit]
[67. Brevem replere non valentis ambitum, # Pudebit aucti nominis.]
[68. FINIS.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
But, in my following Diſcourſe, I ſhall moſt
inſiſt on the Obſervation of Galilæus, the In-
ventor of that Famous Perſpective, whereby
we may diſcern the Heavens hard by us;
where-
by thoſe things which others have formerly
gueſt at, are manifeſted to the Eye, and plain-
ly diſcover’d beyond exception or doubt;
of
which admirable invention, theſe latter Ages of
the World may juſtly Boaſt, and for this, ex-
pect to be Celebrated by Poſterity.
’Tis re-
lated of Eudoxus, that he wiſhed himſelf burnt
with Phaeton, ſo he might ſtand over the Sun
to contemplate itsNature;
had he liv’d in theſe
days, he might have enjoyed his wiſh at an ea-
ſier rate, and ſcaling the Heavens by this Glaſs,
might plainly have diſcern’d what he ſo much
deſir’d.
Keplar conſidering thoſe ſtrange diſ-
coveries which this Perſpective had made,
could not chooſe but cry out in a Πρ ηοΠ ποΠΗα &

Rapture of Admiration, O multiſcium &
quo-
De macula
in ſole obſer.
vis ſceptro pretioſus perſpicillum! an qui te dexte-
râ tenet, ille non dominus conſtituatur operum Dei?
And Foannes Fabricius, an Elegant Writer,
ſpeaking oſ the ſame Glaſs, and for this In-
vention, preferring our Age beſore thoſe for-
mer Times of greater Ignorance, ſays thus;

Adeo ſumus ſuperiors veteribus, ut quam illi car-
minis magici pronunciatu demiſſam repreſentâſſe
putantur, nos non tantum innocenter demittamus,
ſed etiam familiari quodam intuitu ejus quaſi con-
ditionem intueamur.
‘So much are we above
‘ the Ancients, that whereas they were fain
‘ by their Magical Charms to repreſent the
‘ Moons approach, we cannot only bring her
‘ lower with a greater Innocence, but may al-

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