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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That the Moon may be a World.
‘not be amiſs to ſay that the parts of the Moon
‘were divers, as the parts of the Earth, where-
‘of ſome are Vallies, and ſome Mountains,
‘from the difference of which, ſome ſpots in
‘the Moon may proceed;
nor is this againſt
‘Reaſon;
for that Planet cannot be perfectly
‘Spherical, ſince ’tis ſo remote a Body from
‘the firſt Orb, as Ariſtotle had ſaid before.
You may ſee this Truth aſſented unto by Blan-
De Mundi
fab. pars. 3
c. 4.
canus the Jeſuite, and by him confirmed with
divers Reaſons.
Keplar hath obſerved in the
Moons Eclipſes, that the Diviſion of her en-
Aſtron.
Opt. c. 6.
num. 9.
lightned part from the ſhaded, was made by
a crooked unequal Line, of which there can-
not be any probable cauſe conceiv'd, unleſs it
did ariſe from the ruggedneſs of that Planet;
for it cannot all be produc'd from the ſhade of
any Mountains here on Earth, becauſe theſe
would be ſo leſſened before they could reach
ſo high in a Conical Shadow, that they would
not be at all ſenſible unto us (as might eaſily
be demonſtrated) nor can it be conceiv'd what
reaſon of this difference there ſhould be in the
Sun.
Wherefore there being no other Body
that hath any thing to do in Eclipſes, we muſt
neceſſarily conclude, that it is cauſed by varie-
ty of parts in the Moon it ſelf, and what can
theſe be but its Gibboſities ?
Now if you
ſhould ask a reaſon why there ſhould be ſuch a
multitude of theſe in that Planet, the ſame
Keplar ſhall jeſt you out an anſwer.
Suppoſing
(ſaith he) that thoſe Inhabitants are bigger than
any of of us in the ſame proportion, as their
days are longer than ours, viz.
by Fifteeen
times it may be, for want of Stones to erect ſuch

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