Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Readers' curiosity whetted by rare Titanic book find

Survivors of the Titanic disaster in a crowded lifeboat.

A rare Titanic book worth an estimated £1,000 which turned up at a charity shop has sparked a flurry of interest.

The first-edition copy of Thomas Andrews: Shipbuilder, by Shan F Bullock, was unearthed in a storeroom of an Oxfam bookshop last week.

After the story appeared in the Belfast Telegraph on Friday, a number of readers contacted this newspaper with similar tales.

One man had a pristine copy of the first edition, which he now intends to sell after discovering how much the book, which had been sitting on his bookshelf, is worth.

Another reader, Joan Coyles from Ballycastle, has a second-edition copy of the biography of the ill-fated ship’s designer, with an inscription reading: ‘To Olive Byrne from Mary Lupton, 1913.’

Mrs Coyles, who knew Olive Hunter (née Byrne) as a child, said: “I would be curious to know if anybody belonging to these families is still around.

“I’m not interested in money, I’d just like to know,” she added.

If anyone believes they may be related to either family, they are asked contact this newspaper.

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