Wednesday May 27, 2020

A bibliophile’s legacy goes under the hammer

18th June, 2017
Copies of Room to Rhyme by Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley

You would imagine that a bibliophile with a collection of close to 30,000 volumes was a well-heeled individual, but ’tis not always so. According to Damien Matthews, Miss Mary Colette McAlister, who died last year, “spent her whole life eating margarine and toast to save up for the buying of them”.

Formed over 60 years, the collection primarily consists of Irish, Northern Irish and English titles, many dating back three centuries. There are...

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