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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10088That the Moon may be a World. of the Hegheſt. Nay, Solinus (whom I ſhould
11Pely. biſtor.
6. 21.
rather believe in this kind) affirms, that this
Mountain gives his ſhadow quite over the Sea,
from Macedon to the Iſle of Lemnos, which is
700 Furlongs, or 84 Miles, and yet according
to the common Reckoning, it doth ſcarce reach
4 Miles up wards, in its Perpendicular height.
2. I affirm, that there are very high Moun-
tains in the Moon.
Keplar and Galilæus think,
that they are higher than any which are upon
our Earth.
But I am not of their Opinion in this,
becauſe I ſuppoſe they go upon a falſe Ground,
whilſt they Conceive, that the higheſt Moun-
tain upon the Earth is not above a Mile Per-
Whereas ’tis the common Opinion, and found
true enough by Obſervation, that Olympus,
Atlas, Taurus and Emus, with many others, are
much above this height.
Tenariffa in the
Canary Iſlands, is commonly related to be
above 8 Miles Perpendicular, and about this
height (ſay ſome) is the Mount Perjacaca in
Sir Walter Rawleigh ſeems to 22Hiſt. l.1.c.
7. Sect. 11.
Meteor. l.
I. c. II.
that the higheſt of theſe is near 30 Miles up-
nay, Ariſtotle ſpeaking of Gaucaſus in
Aſia, affirins it to be Viſible for 560 Miles, as
ſome Interpreters find by Computation;
which it will follow, that it was 78 Miles Per-
pendicularly high, as you may ſee confirm'd by
Facobus Mazonius, and out of him in Blancanus
Ariſt. cum.
Sect 3.c.5.
Expoſt. in
loc Math.
Arlis loc.
the Jeſuit.
But this Deviates from the truth,
more in Exceſs, than the other doth in defect.
However, though theſe in the Moon are
not ſo high asſome amongſt us;
yet certain
it is they are of a great height, and ſome

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