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Adopt a Book

Vivae imagines partium corporis humani aereis formos expressae 1579 Plantin and ValverdeThe College, now in its sixth century of existence, has printed and manuscript treasures in surgical and other topics, from the 1400s to the 1900s.

Some of them are very rare. Some are spectacularly illustrated. Some are written by Scots. Some are French classics.

Many are in need of restoration and conservation work.

If you would like to support this project please email library@rcsed.ac.uk or call +44(0)131 527 1630. Visits can be arranged. Alternatively, there is an online form below which is available for you to register your interest in supporting important heritage material.

Adopt a Book Request

If you would like to support us in our efforts to try to ensure the future of these important items for generations to come, please complete this form and submit it.

We shall contact you by email, telephone or letter, to explore some possibilities.

Completing this form does not commit you to an adoption.

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Your full name

To help the selection, please give us an idea of your field of interest e.g : 16th century book, 17th century book, book by a famous surgeon, book with special illustration etc.

Gift Aid - Use Gift Aid and you can make your donations worth more. For every pound you give us, we earn an extra 28 pence from HM Revenue & Customs. To qualify for Gift Aid what you pay in income or capital gains tax must at least equal the amount we will claim in the tax year.

Donors to the Project

We thank the donors most sincerely. Their generosity is funding the conservation of important printed and manuscript heritage, for future generations.

Below is a list of current donors. To search the list use the search box provided.

Mr Jonathan Clasper FRCSEd ULL
Book or Manuscript:
Bell, Charles. Illustrations of the great operations of surgery…1821
Bell, Charles. Letters concerning the diseases of the urethra. London 1810
Bell, Charles, Sir. Institutes of surgery…Vols 1 and 2. Edinburgh, 1838
Bell, Charles, Sir. Practical essays. Edinburgh 1842
Bell, Charles. Surgical observations …London, 1816
Bell, Charles. An essay on the forces which circulate the blood. London 1819

Mr H Vincent Corbett FRCSEd
Book or Manuscript:
Hodgson, J A treatise on the diseases of the veins and arteries London: Underwood, 1815
to enable me to acknowledge and memorialise the work my son (also a surgeon) is doing in ... Southern England.