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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[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.
[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.
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            longer in the Preface, becauſe that Prejudice
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            which the meer Title of the Book may beget,
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            cannot eaſily be removed without a great deal
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            of preparation, and I could not tell otherwiſe
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            how to rectifie the Thoughts of the Reader
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            for an impartial Survey of the following Diſ-
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            courſe.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s251" xml:space="preserve">I muſt need confeſs, though I had often
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            thought with my ſelf that it was poſſible there
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            might be a World in the Moon, yet it ſeem'd
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            ſuch an uncouth Opinion, that I never durſt
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            diſcover it, for fear of being counted ſingular,
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            and ridiculous; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s252" xml:space="preserve">but after having read Plutarch,
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            Gallileus, Keplar, with ſome others, and find-
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            ing many of my own Thoughts confirmed by
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            ſuch ſtrong Authority, I then concluded that
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            it was not only poſſible there might be, but
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            probably there was another habitable World
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            in that Planet. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s253" xml:space="preserve">In the proſecuting of this Aſſer-
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            tion, I ſhall firſt endeavour to clear the way
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            from ſuch doubts as may hinder the ſpeed or
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            eaſe of farther progreſs; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s254" xml:space="preserve">and becauſe the Sup-
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            poſitions imply'd in this Opinion, may ſeem to
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            contradict the Principles of Reaſon and Faith,
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            it will be requiſite that I firſt remove this Scru-
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            ple, ſhewing the conformity of them to both
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            theſe, and proving thoſe Truths that may make
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            way for the reſt, which I ſhall labour to perform
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            in the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Chap-
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            ters, and then proceed to conform ſuch Pro-
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            poſitions, which do more directly belong to
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            the main point in Hand.</s>
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