One of the most important, modern important book collections in this country, belonging to a great kilkenny man will be auctioned next week in Dublin. The late Frank McEvoy who died in 2012 was a hugely important in literary, historical and in social terms and had a life-long love affair with books.
To give a flavour of his status in the literary world, Seamus Heaney, the Nobel literary prize winner signed his second ever book of poems to Frank thus: “To Frank McEvoy - who helped the author into the light. With high regard - Seamus.
His large collection of first editions from people like Heaney, Seán Ó Faoláin, Kate O’Brien, Padraic Colum and Patrick Kavanagh have already sparked a lot of interest in the sale organised by George F Mealy of Castlecomer. Many of the titles are first editions and signed by the authors.
Mr McEvoy was also at the heart of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, being a past president and producing 20 fascinating pieces for The annual, Old Kilkenny Review produced by the society.
He will probably be best known for running Hebron Books on High Street, Kilkenny and for his wonderful historical memoir on The Life And Adventures of James Freaney.
Frank McEvoy’s books will go on sale on Tuesday next as part of: ‘A Gathering of All Things Irish Sale’ run by Fonsie Mealy at the Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge (formerly the Berkeley Court) in Dublin at 10.30am.
George F. (Fonsie) Mealy from Kilkenny-based Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers said: “We are very excited to bring this unique collection to auction. There are countless items of rich historical interest among the collection. There is a big price range catering for every pocket,” he said.