The Book Of Kells by Bernard MeehanThe Book Of Kells by Bernard Meehan

The Book Of Kells

byBernard Meehan

Hardcover | October 2, 2012

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A new book by the Keeperof Manuscripts at TrinityCollege Library that representsthe glories of theBook of Kells for today’sreaders, revealing theastounding detail andrichness of one of thegreatest treasures ofmedieval Europe.

One of the most remarkable manuscripts to survive from the early Middle Ages inEurope, the Book of Kells was probably painted around 800 in a monastery at Iona inScotland or Kells in Ireland, or perhaps in both places. Extraordinarily inventive andintricate imagery accompanies the texts of the four Gospels: full-page depictions ofEvangelists and their symbols, lavish honorific openings to the Gospels, extraordinaryinitials, and decoration that combines complex interlace, animals, and human figures.This newly photographed book explores the Book of Kells through its historicalbackground; a display of the elements of the book at their actual size; the spectacularopenings of the texts that precede the Gospels; a study of earlier and comparablemanuscripts; detailed examination of symbols and themes, with special enlargeddetails; a look at the scribes and artists who worked on the manuscript; and aconsideration of technical aspects, illuminated by recent scientific research.The rich illustrations feature more than fifty full-size reproductions of completepages of the manuscript plus enlarged details that allow one to relish the intricacyof elements barely visible to the naked eye. Supplementary images place themanuscript in its setting and provide comparisons for its iconography and style.
Bernard Meehan was head of research collections and keeper of manuscripts at Trinity College, Dublin, where the Book of Kells is on permanent exhibition.
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Title:The Book Of KellsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:256 pages, 13.2 × 10.2 × 1.41 inShipping dimensions:13.2 × 10.2 × 1.41 inPublished:October 2, 2012Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0500238944

ISBN - 13:9780500238943

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Editorial Reviews

This new British edition is a fantastic recreation of the tome that sits in repose at the library in Dublin’s Trinity College.—NY Daily News Book Blog

Sheds much light on this treasured book and raises many more questions.—Antiques and the Arts Weekly

A fine introduction to this extraordinarily beautiful work.—Grand Rapids Press