The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells

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by Bernard Meehan
     
 

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A new book by the Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Library that represents the glories of the Book of Kells for today’s readers, revealing the astounding detail and richness of one of the greatest treasures of medieval Europe.
One of the most remarkable manuscripts to survive from the early Middle Ages in Europe, the Book of Kells was probably

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A new book by the Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Library that represents the glories of the Book of Kells for today’s readers, revealing the astounding detail and richness of one of the greatest treasures of medieval Europe.
One of the most remarkable manuscripts to survive from the early Middle Ages in Europe, the Book of Kells was probably painted around 800 in a monastery at Iona in Scotland or Kells in Ireland, or perhaps in both places. Extraordinarily inventive and intricate imagery accompanies the texts of the four Gospels: full-page depictions of Evangelists and their symbols, lavish honorific openings to the Gospels, extraordinary initials, and decoration that combines complex interlace, animals, and human figures. This newly photographed book explores the Book of Kells through its historical background; a display of the elements of the book at their actual size; the spectacular openings of the texts that precede the Gospels; a study of earlier and comparable manuscripts; detailed examination of symbols and themes, with special enlarged details; a look at the scribes and artists who worked on the manuscript; and a consideration of technical aspects, illuminated by recent scientific research. The rich illustrations feature more than fifty full-size reproductions of complete pages of the manuscript plus enlarged details that allow one to relish the intricacy of elements barely visible to the naked eye. Supplementary images place the manuscript in its setting and provide comparisons for its iconography and style.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is essentially a scholarly introduction to the Book of Kells, the ancient illuminated manuscript of the gospels housed at Trinity College in Dublin. The text is laced with 117 mostly color photographs of the book's beautifully illustrated pages. For religious and art collections.
NY Daily News Book Blog
“This new British edition is a fantastic recreation of the tome that sits in repose at the library in Dublin’s Trinity College.”
Antiques and the Arts Weekly
“Sheds much light on this treasured book and raises many more questions.”
Grand Rapids Press
“A fine introduction to this extraordinarily beautiful work.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500277904
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
325,398
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Meehan is Head of Research Collections and Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Library, Dublin,
owners of the Book of Kells.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book as a companion to my copy of Color Your own Book of Kells from Dover Publications. It not only contained the pictures, but there were many full size pictures suitable for framing. There are also many pictures of details. The book would be ideal for anyone interested in illuminated manuscripts and the period.