4 October 2002
ZEEMAN, Pieter. Researches in Magneto-Optics. London: Macmillan, 1913.
8o. Original blue cloth, gilt-lettered on spine. Provenance: Rev. G.W. Weekes (ALS and inscribed photo by Zeeman tipped in).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed, and with an inscribed photograph and als by zeeman to rev. g.w. weekes tipped to front free endpaper. Weekes was Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Zeeman and his wife stayed with Weekes during the celebration of the centenary of James Clerk Maxwell's birth in 1931, and he writes a letter on 27 Octobner thanking him. "... We spent the most delightful time in England and a most interesting too by these three cententaries of Faraday, the British Association and Maxwell... I venture to send you in a few days a copy of one of my books written in English and published in 1913 [the present volume]. If you would kindly look over a few pages, you will see that I have the greatest admiration for your countryman Faraday and you will remark that I ventured to express my feelings already in 1913." Zeeman also forwarded a black-and-white bust portrait photograph of himself inscribed to Weekes which is here taped to the front free endpaper beneath the inscription: "To the Master of Sidney Sussex College, the Rev. G.W. Weekes, in remembrance of great hospitality and kindness during the Clerk Maxwell Celebrations Oct. 1, 2, 1931 P. Zeeman." It was Zeeman's early interest in Faraday that led him to conduct the crucial experiments which led to the discovery of the Zeeman effect (see previous lot).
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