Full text: Wilkins, John: A discovery of a new world

That the Moon may be a World. the name of Volva à volvendo, becauſe it does
by reaſon of its Diurnal Revolution appear
unto them conſtantly to turn round, and there-
fore he ſtyles thoſe who live in that Hemi-
ſphere which is towards us, by the Title of
Subvolvani, becauſe they enjoy the ſight of
this Earth; and the others Privolvani, quia
ſunt privati conſpectu volvæ, becauſe they
are depriv’d oſ this priviledge. But Fulius
Cæſar, whom I have above Quoted, ſpea-
king oſ their Teſtimony whom I cite for this
Opinion, viz. Keplar and Galilæus, Aſſirms
that to his Knowledge they did but jeſt in thoſe
things which they Write concerning this, and
as for any ſuch World, he aſſuredly knows
they never ſo much as dreamt oſ it. But I had
rather believe their own Words, than his pre-
tended Knowledge.


In Theſi.
tio cum
Somn. Aſtr.
De phæ-
nom. Lunæ.
6. 4.

’Tis true indeed, in ſome things they do but
triſle, but for the main Scope oſ thoſe Diſ-
courſes, ’tis as manifeſtly they ſeriouſly meant
it, as any indifferent Reader may eaſily diſ-
cern; As for Galilæus, ’tis evident he did ſet
down his own Judgement and Opinion in theſe
things; otherwiſe, ſure Campanella ( a Man
as well acquainted with his Opinion, and per-
haps his Perſon, as Cæſar was) would never
have writ an Apology for him. And beſides,
’tis very likely iſ it had beeen but a Jeſt, Ga-
lilæus would never have ſuffer’d ſo much for it,
as Report ſaith, afterwards he did.

And as for Keplar, I will only refer the
Reader to his own words as they are ſet down
in the Preface to the Fourth Book oſ his Epi-
tome, where his purpoſe is to make an Apolo-

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