Historic medical books auctioned by charity
RARE scientific and medical books which are more than 200 years old are to be auctioned after they were donated to a charity.
Around 100 specialist books have been donated to St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green, Cheadle.
They include a book by Dutch physicist Pieter Zeeman, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1902 for his studies on how magnetic fields change the behaviour of light.
The text was signed by Zeeman and dedicated to British surgeon D’Arcy Power in 1931 on a visit to this country to mark the Michael Faraday celebrations. Zeeman worked alongside Albert Einstein, the German physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics.
The collection was donated by the Marton Library Trust, a charity set up in 1980 as a tribute to Harry Marton, a leading figure in the development of optometry in Britain.
Nicola Rust, manager of the hospice’s shop at Great Underbank, Stockport, said: “We’re extremely grateful They are beautiful books in excellent condition with fascinating illustrations, some of which are coloured plates. All proceeds from the online sales will go directly towards funding care for our patients.” »»The auction will be live on the St Ann’s Hospice eBay shop from 7pm on September 7, to 7pm on September 17. For more details visit www.sah.
●»Nicola Rust with some of the science books donated to St Ann’s Hospice
●»One of the many illustrations in the science books and, below, the dedication from Noble Prize winner Pieter Zeeman