His­toric med­i­cal books auc­tioned by charity

Stockport Express - - History -

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

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