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Friday 23 March 2018

Local library pulls off a Joycean coup

Catherine Ketch

SECURITY arrangements are being beefed up at a local library after it received a rare first edition of 'Ulysses' that is worth more than €300,000.

The Macroom Library in Co Cork pulled off a major coup in acquiring the book, which comes complete with the signature of its author, James Joyce.

The Cork County Library has the volume in safe-keeping and it is expected to be a major visitor attraction for the market town once a secure display has been put in place.

It was donated to the people of Macroom by the family of a local poet and nationalist figure, Peter Golden, who later emigrated to the United States.

A first edition of 'Ulysses' sold for €316,000 in London last year. It was number 45 but the copy in Macroom could be worth more as it is number 19.

Irish Independent

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