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Dr Philip Murray’s trove of first editions – most of which are signed – ranges from James Joyce to JK Rowling

10th July, 2016
A watercolour by JP Donleavy

Growing up in Tipperary, Philip Murray’s earliest reading material was the Dandy and the Beano, but with voracious readers for parents, he soon graduated to Steinbeck and Salinger.

It was while studying in Dublin and Galway that the wealth of secondhand bookshops in both cities sparked his serious interest in books, sowing the seeds for one of the finest collections of 20th-century literary fiction and poetry, 2,200 American and British first editions of...

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