St Ann’s Hospice to auction rare historical books

Nicola Rust with some of the rare books which will be auctioned

Rare scientific and medical books are being put up for auction by south Manchester charity St Ann’s Hospice after they were donated in Stockport.

Around 100 specialist books have been donated to St Ann’s 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 the UK.

The books, some of which are over 200 years old, cover a variety of subjects such as vision science, optics, microscopy, photography and cybernetics.

Included in the auction is a book written by the 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 donations were made to Nicola Rust, manager of the St Ann’s charity shop at Great Underbank in Stockport town centre and she is auctioning individual titles on the St Ann’s eBay site.

Nicola said: “We’re extremely grateful for this kind donation from a charitable trust which has passed the books on to us after its closure.

“They are beautiful books in excellent condition with fascinating illustrations, some of which are coloured plates.  We’re excited to put them on sale.

“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 until 7pm on September 17.


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