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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[11. PROP. V.]
[12. PROP. VI.]
[13. PROP. VII.]
[14. PROP. VIII.]
[15. PROP. IX.]
[16. PROP. X.]
[17. PROP. XI.]
[18. PROP. XII.]
[19. PROP. XIII.]
[20. PROP. XIV.]
[21. The Firſt Book. That the MOON May be a WORLD. The Firſt Propoſition, by way of Preface.]
[22. Sed vanus ſtolidis hæc omnia finxerit Error.]
[23. Solis lunæq; labores.]
[24. Cum fruſtra reſonant æra auxiliaria Lunæ.]
[25. Una laboranti poterit ſuccerrere Lunæ.]
[26. Gantus & è cælo poſſunt deducere Lunam.]
[27. Cantus & ſi curru lunam deducere tentant, Et facerent, ſi non æra repulſa ſonant.]
[28. PROP. II. That a Plurality of Worlds doth not contradict any Principle of Reaſon or Faith.]
[29. Æſtuas infelix auguſto limite mundi.]
[30. PROP. III. That the Heavens do not conſiſt of any ſuch pure Matter, which can priviledge them from the like Change and Corruption, as theſe Inferiour, Bodies are liable unto.]
[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.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
being placed where the Head of the other is,
and ſo two other Men croſs them, yet all theſe
Men thus ſituated according to this Opinion,
ſhould ſtand upright, and many other ſuch groſs
conſequences would follow (ſaith he) which a
falſe Imagination is not able to fancy as poſſi-
Upon which Conſiderations, Bede alſo
denies the being of any Antipodes, Neque enim
De ratione
Cap. 32.
Antipodarum ullatenus fabulis accommodandus aſ-
‘Nor ſhould we any longer aſſent to the
‘Fable of Antipodes.
So alſo Lucretius the
Poet ſpeaking of the ſame Subject, ſays,

Sed vanus ſtolidis hæc omnia finxerit Error.

De nat. re-
rum, Lib. 1
That ſome idle fancy feigned theſe, for Fools
to believe.
Of this Opinion was Procopius
Gazæus, but he was perſwaded to it by ano-
Coment. in
1. Cap. Gen.
ther kind of Reaſon;
for he thought that all
the Earth under us was ſunk into the Water,
according to the ſaying of the Pſalmiſt, He
Pſal. 24. 2.hath founded the Earth upon the Seas;
therefore he accounted it not inhabited by any.
Nay, Toſtatus a Man of later Years, and gene-
ral Learning, doth alſo confidently deny that
there are any ſuch Antipodes, though the
Reaſon which he urges for it, be not ſo abſurd
Comment, in
1. Geniſ.
as the former;
For the Apoſtles, ſaith he, tra-
velled through the whole habitable World,
but they never paſſed the Equinoctial;
and if
you anſwer that they are ſaid to go through
all the Earth, becauſe they went through all
the known World, he replies, that this is not
ſufficient, ſince Chriſt would have all Men to
be ſaved, and come to the Knowledge of his
1 Tim. 2. 4.Truth, and therefore it is requiſite that they

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