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The Book of Kells : an illustrated introduction to the manuscript in Trinity College Dublin

Contributor(s): Meehan, Bernard.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, 1994Description: 95 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0500277907.Subject(s): Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) | Book of Kells -- Illustrations | Illumination of books and manuscripts, Celtic -- Ireland | Manuscripts, Latin (Mediaeval and modern) -- Ireland -- Dublin -- Facsimiles | Illumination of books and manuscripts | Illumination of books and manuscripts, CelticDDC classification: 745.67
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The Book of Kells is a masterpiece of medieval art--a brilliantly decorated version of the four Gospels with full-page depictions of Christ, the Virgin and the Evangelists as well as a wealth of smaller decorative painting. The strange imagination displayed in the pages, the impeccable technique and the very fine state of preservation make The Book of Kells an object of endless fascination.This edition reproduces the most important of the fully decorated pages plus a series of enlargements showing the almost unbelievable minuteness of the detail; spiral and interlaced patterns, human and animal ornament--a combination of high seriousness and humor. The text is by Bernard Meehan, the Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College, Dublin.

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Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

For the fiscally conservative library, this fine, small book is an ideal substitute for the recent $18,000 facsimile of Ireland's renowned Book of Kells, the most famous of all illuminated medieval Gospels. This representation might not include all 680 illuminated pages, but it does offer 110 color illustrations, including dozens of enlargements, that permit the reader to ponder the excruciatingly complex ornamentation which makes the Book a masterpiece of Celtic interlacing. Meehan, keeper of manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin, which has housed the Book since the seventeenth century, provides erudite but direct commentary about the Book's background, its motifs and themes, and even the material from which it is constructed. --Patricia Monaghan