Rare Books

Catalogue of Books from the library of Dr. Peter M. Millman

Sorted by author.


a) books accessioned

[AAVSO,] Variable Comments 1924-1928, I (Cambridge MA: American Association of Variable Star Observers, 1924-1928).
Note: AAVSO ephemera, hard cover gold-embossed with “P.M. Millman”


A Quarter Century of Skyscraping, ed. W. Edwin Stevens et al. (1957).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by one of the editors. The Skyscrapers are a venerable amateur astronomy club which owns and operates the historic Seagrave Memorial Observatory

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B. Baldanza, G. Cocco, & G.R. Levi-Donati, [Catalogo di] Meteoriti (Perugia: Istituto di mineralogia della Facoltà di scienze, 1969) with accompanying letter from a member of the Centro italiani di studi meteoritici reporting on their samples of “Otasawian (sinonimo Alberta)”.
Note: according to Vagn. F. Buchwald, Handbook of Iron Meteorites (Berkeley-Los Angeles-London: University of California Press, 1975), III, Supplement, pp. 1408-1409, this is a piece of transported Canyon Diablo, and "Otasawian" is a chimera.


Ralph B. Baldwin, A Fundamental Survey of the Moon (New York–St. Louis–San Francisco–Toronto– London–Sydney: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1965).
Note: inscribed by the author. Ralph Baldwin, a RASC honorary member, was one of the major figures who realigned selenography in favour of the meteoritic hypothesis. His work provided the inspiration for the Dominion Observatory’s important Canadian Meteorite Crater Program (see Plotkin, in A Shared Sky: the RASC 1868-2018, forthcoming).

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Catalog of Antarctic Meteorites 1977-1978, ed. Ursula B. Marvin & Brian Mason, Smithsonian Contributions to the Earth Sciences 23 (Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1980).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by the editors.


Clarence Augustus Chant, Our Wonderful Universe: an Easy Introduction to the Study of the Heavens, 2nd ed. (London–Toronto–Bombay–Sydney: George G. Harrap & Co., and the Ryerson Press, 1940).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by the author.

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Donald Fernie, The Whisper & the Vision: the Voyages of the Astronomers (Toronto–Vancouver: Clarke, Irwin & Company Ltd., 1976).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by the author.


Camille Flammarion, Astronomie populaire, ed. Gabrielle Camille Flammarion (Paris: Flammarion, 1955).
Note: inscribed from Madame Flammarion to Peter Millman.


George Foster, The Meteor Crater Story: Full Dramatic Story of the World's First Proven Meteorite Crater (Winslow AR: Meteor Crater Enterprises, Inc., 1978).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by J. Paul Barringer, President of the Barringer Crater Company.


C.A. Franics & M.A. Phipps, Harvard University Catalogue of Meteorites (Cambridge MA: Harvard University, 1978)


Ruth S. Freitag, Halley's Comet: a Bibliography (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1984) Bevan M. French & Nicholas M. Short, Shock Metamorphism of Natural Materials (Baltimore: Mono Book Corp., 1968)

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Henry C. King, with John R. Millburn, Geared to the Stars: the Evolution of Planetariums, Orreries, and Astronomical Clocks (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1978)


Z. Kopal & R.W. Carder, Mapping the Moon, Past and Present, Astrophysics and Space Science Library, 50 (Dordrecht–Boston: D. Reidel Publishing Company, 1974).
Note: Peter Millman had a long-standing interest in solar-system cartography, and nomenclature. According to Ewen A. Whitaker’s authoritative Mapping and Naming the Moon (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), p. 182, it was Millman who effectively began to reverse the effects of Donald Menzel’s uninformed meddling in lunar nomenclature when he succeeded him as chair of the IAU’s Task Group for Lunar Nomenclature (Millman was also chair of the Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature).


A.A. Kosmodemyansky, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, His Life and Work (Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1956).
Note: possibly acquired when Peter Millman attended the IAU General Assembly in Moscow in 1958 (http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/pdf/1958JRASC..52..143).


John Kraus, Big Ear (Powell, OH: Cygnus-Quasar Books, 1976). Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by the author . Samuel Pierpont Langley, The New Astronomy (Boston–New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1887).
Note: flyleaves bear the bookplate and signature of Otto Klotz, and the signature of Ralph E. DeLury.

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Ernst & Johanna Lehner, Lore and Lure of Outer Space (New York: Tudor Publishing Company, 1964).
Note: interleaved with Peter Millman's loose notes, and traced drawings.


Willy Ley & Chesley Bonestell, The Conquest of Space (New York: The Viking Press, 1949)


Willy Ley, Wernher von Braun, & Chesley Bonnestell, The Exploration of Mars (New York: The Viking Press, 1956)

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Ursula B. Marvin, & Brian Mason, Catalog of Meteorites from Victoria Land, Antarctica, 1978-1980, Smithsonian Contributions to the Earth Sciences, 24 (Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982)


Newton Mayall, Margaret Mayall, & Jerome Wyckoff, with ills. by John Polgreen, The Sky Observer's Guide: a Handbook for Amateur Astronomers... (New York: Golden Press, 1959).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by all the authors and the illustrator.


Meteors and Sunsets Observed by the Astronomers of the Lick Observatory in 1893, 1894, and 1895 (Sacramento CA: Regents of the University of California, 1895)


P.M. Millman, “A Complex Perseid Spectrum”, Publications of the Dominion Observatory XV, 6 (Ottawa: Department of Mines and Technical Services[, 1956?])


Peter M. Millman, “Terminology in Meteoritic Astronomy”, offprint from Meteoritics 2 (1963), 7-11, and JRASC 58 (1964)


Minerals, Catalog no. 35, April, 1935 (Rochester, NY: Ward's Natural Science Establishment, Inc., 1935)


Karen Motylewski, Cambridge Chondrite Compendium Being the First Edition of a Listing of All Chondritic Meteorites and Their Classifications so Far as This Has Been Determined (Cambridge MA: Center for Astrophysics, 1977)


Karen Motylewski, The Revised Cambridge Chondrite Compendium. The Second Edition of a Listing of All Chondritic Meteorites and Their Classifications (Cambridge MA: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1978)

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NASA, Space Shuttle (Washington DC: NASA, n.d.)


Joseph Needham, Wang ling, & Derek J. de Sola Price, with supplement by John H. Combridge, Heavenly Clockwork: the Great Astronomical Clocks of Medieval China, 2nd ed., Antiquarian Horological Society, Monograph 1 (Cambridge–London–New York–New Rochelle–Melbourne–Sydney: Cambrdige University Press, 1986).
Note: Peter Millman spent much of his youth in the far east, and was fluent in Japanese, and afterwards evidenced an interest in non-western astronomies; Richard A. Jarrell, “Millman, Peter Mackenzie”, in Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers, ed. Thomas Hockey et al., 2nd ed. (New York–Heidelberg–Dordrecht–London: Springer, 2014), 1481-1482, at p. 1481.


Joseph Needham, Lu Wei-Djen, John H. Combridge, & John S. Major, The Hall of Heavenly Records: Korean Astronomical Instruments and Clocks 1380-1780, Antiquarian Horological Society, Monograph 25 (Cambridge–London–New York–New Rochelle–Melbourne–Sydney: Cambridge University Press, 1986).
Note: see above note.


H.H. Nininger, Out of the Sky: an Introduction to Metreoritics (Denver CO: The University of Denver Press, 1952).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by the author.

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Friedrich Rinne, Crystals and the Fine-Structure of Matter, tr. Walter S. Stiles (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1924).
Note: carries the ownership inscription of Peter Millman when he was at Harvard, and has a subsequent stamp (“P.M. MILLMAN/DAVID DUNLAP OBSERVATORY /RICHMOND HILL, ONT.”).


Henry Norris Russell, Raymond Smith Dugan, & John Quincey Stewart, Astronomy, a Revision of Young's Manual of Astronomy. Vol. I: The Solar System; vol. II: Astrophysics and Stellar Systems (Boston–New York–Chicago–London–Atlanta–Dallas–Columbus–San Francisco: Ginn and Company, 1926).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by the principal author, in volume 1.

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Hiroshi Saika, Photographic Star Atlas (Tokyo: Seibundo-Shinkosha, 1979).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by the author.


E.W.H. Selwyn, Photography in Astronomy (Rochester NY: Eastman Kodak Company, 1950)


Space Data (Redondo Beach CA: Space Technology Laboratories, Inc./TRW, 1962).
Note: ownership stamp and Ottawa address.


Space Data (Redondo Beach CA: TRW Space Technology Laboratories, 1965).
Note: ownership stamp, signature, and address.


Space Log 1962 March (Redondo Beach CA: Space Technology Laboratories, Inc./TRW, 1962) F.J.M. Stratton, Astronomical Physics (London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1925).
Note: inscribed by the author.


Dan Strickland, Brent Crater Trail: History of the Crater (Whitney, ON: The Friends of Algonquin Park, & The Ministry of Natural Resources, 1991/1998?).
Note: rare Canadian meteoritic ephemera.

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Tektites, ed. John A. O'Keefe (Chicago–London: The University of Chicago Press, 1963).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by the editor.


Clyde W. Tombaugh, & Patrick Moore, Out of the Darkness: the Planet Pluto (Harrisburg PA–Guildford and London: Stackpole Books, and Lutterworth Press, 1980).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by the principal author.


R.J. Traill, Catalogue of the National Meteorite Collection of Canada[,] Revised to December 31, 1979 (Ottawa: Energy, Mines and Resources Canada, 1980).
Note: rare Canadian meteoritic ephemera.


TRW Space Log Winter 1965-66 (Redondo Beach CA: TRW, 1965) TRW Space Log 1975 (Redondo Beach CA: TRW, 1975)


TRW Space Log 1989 (Redondo Beach CA: TRW, 1989)

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Gerard de Vaucouleurs, The Physics of the Planet Mars: an Introduction to Aerophysics (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1954).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by the author.

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Fred L. Whipple, Orbiting the Sun: Planets and Satellites of the Solar System (Cambridge MA–London: Harvard University Press, 1981).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by the author.


H. Percy Wilkins & Patrick Moore, The Moon: A Complete Description of the Surface of the Moon, Containing the 300-Inch Wilkins Lunar Map (London: Faber and Faber Ltd., 1955).
Note: see the note to Kopal & Carder above.


J. Tuzo Wilson, IGY: the Year of the Two Moons (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961).
Note: inscribed to Peter Millman by the author.


John A. Wood, Meteorites and the Origin of Planets (New York–St. Louis–San Francisco–Toronto– London–Sydney, 1968).
Note: inscribed by the author.


b) books awaiting shipment, and accessioning

Louis Bell, The Telescope (New York–London: McGraw Hill Book Co., Inc., 1922).
Note: ownership signature.


Clarence Augustus Chant, Our Wonderful Universe: an Easy Introduction to the Study of the Heavens (Toronto: Ryerson Press, n.d.).
Note: inscribed by the author; possibly the first Canadian edition.


Photographic Atlas of Auroral Forms and Scheme for Visual Observations of Aurorae, ed. A.W. Bröggers Boktrykkeri, 1st ed. (Oslo: International Geodetic Union, 1930).
Note: ownership stamp.


Lucien Rudaux, How to Study the Stars, tr. A.H. Keane (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1909).
Note: ownership stamp.


Le P. A. Secchi, Les Etoiles: essai d'astronomie sidérale, Bibliothèque scientifique internationale, ed. É.M. Alglave, XXVIII, 2 vols. (Paris: Librairie Germer Baillière et Cie, 1879).
Note: ownership stamp.


R.A. Smith & Arthur C. Clarke, Exploration of the Moon (London: Frederick Muller ltd., 1954)


E. Weiss, Bilderatlas der Sternenwelt. Eine Astronomie für Jedermann, 2nd ed. (Stuttgart: Verlag von J.F. Schreiber, 1892)
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