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1640 DISCOVERY OF A NEW WORLD WILKINS Astronomy ALIENS ON THE MOON

Wilkins, John, Bishop of ChesterThe First Book. The Discovery of a New World printed by John Norton [and R[ichard].H[earne].] for John Maynard, and are to be sold at thte George in Fleetstreet, neere St. Dunstons Church, London 1640 - or, A Discourse tending to prove, that 'tis probable there may be another habitable World in the Moone. With a Discourse concerning the possibility of a Passage thither. The third impression. Corrected and enlarged. [With] A Discourse concerning A New Planet. Tending to prove, That 'tis probable our Earth is one of the Planets. The second Booke, now first published. 16 wood engravings and one copper engraving in the text (one full-page). 8vo. [172 x 108 x 42 mm]. As common-Lacking engraved title but possessing general title. (16), 242, (12), 246 (2).

First Edition of the "New Planet", third of the "Discovery." Wilkins, John (1614-1672), theologian and natural philosopher."Wilkins's interest in the latest developments affecting natural philosophy was apparent in his earliest publications. In 1638 he published The discovery of a new world, or, A discourse tending to prove, that ('tis probable) there may be another habitable world in the moon. He added to this in 1640 his Discourse concerning a new planet; tending to prove, that ('tis probable) our earth is one of the planets. Powerful and influential works of popularization, these books aimed to expound and defend the new world picture developed by Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler.

The first book argued that the earth was not uniquely different from other heavenly bodies, while the second tried to remove philosophical and religious objections to the earth's motion and show how it might be physically possible." [Oxford DNB]"The central argument was borrowed from Galileo; the moon is not a shining disk or whatever else men might have imagined, but a world with natural features much like the earth. And is fo, then the moon might also be inhabited, although Wilkins does not find sufficient grounds to say, what sort of beings the inhabitants are, thus neatly avoiding the touchy question of whether they are descendents of Adam." [DSB] STC 25641. ESTC s119973. Nicholson 93.Macclesfield 2125

As noted above lacking as commonly the engraved title. Ink staining to two pages one pictured. Folding or wrinkled on 30 pages which one is pictured. Darkening to the edges of all pages. Damp staining throughout to different levels common to this book are two pictures of staining to be expected throughout. One page with a closed tear. Binding as pictured in a beautiful contemporary leather binding in near fine shape with some light scuffing and a small scratch.

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