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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. 250 illustrations, 230 in color

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"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

About the Author

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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M. Kolias
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Substantial Book
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2017
I just received my copy today and it''s impressive. The reproductions are clear & detailed and beautiful. The information presented is easy to understand and interesting. I love the weight and feel of this book. It doesn''t look cheap and it comes with its own thick cover.... See more
I just received my copy today and it''s impressive. The reproductions are clear & detailed and beautiful. The information presented is easy to understand and interesting. I love the weight and feel of this book. It doesn''t look cheap and it comes with its own thick cover. I''ll be displaying my copy in our Library as soon as I find the right book stand. If you''re thinking of buying this, I don''t think you''ll be disappointed I wasn''t.
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Desiree Valenzuela
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Most beautiful volume about the Book of Kells I''ve ever seen.
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2018
This is such an amazing, beautiful book. Goes so much farther than every other book I''ve seen about the Book of Kells. In-depth discussion of it''s history and significance with truly breathtaking, clear photography. I''ve wanted this for over a year, so glad I finally got... See more
This is such an amazing, beautiful book. Goes so much farther than every other book I''ve seen about the Book of Kells. In-depth discussion of it''s history and significance with truly breathtaking, clear photography. I''ve wanted this for over a year, so glad I finally got it. Very happy, very highest recommendation.
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An amazing book with very clear detailed color photographs of different ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2017
An amazing book with very clear detailed color photographs of different parts of the work. The text also provides a lot of detailed background information about the Book of Kells. A must have for anyone interested in art history and/or the Book of Kells.
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Ghod Dhammit
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Not a Full Reproduction, But If You Can''t Afford That, This Is a Good Second Choice
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2018
For someone who can''t afford the full reproduction, this is very nice. High quality, solid slipcase.
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Robert Walker
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Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2014
I have a book on Kells from about 1978 that was fabulous for its day, but this one by Meehan tops it by far. The reproductions are breath-taking and the text is scholarly to fault. The craftsmanship of fine printing, high quality paper, and excellent binding and book cover... See more
I have a book on Kells from about 1978 that was fabulous for its day, but this one by Meehan tops it by far. The reproductions are breath-taking and the text is scholarly to fault. The craftsmanship of fine printing, high quality paper, and excellent binding and book cover make this a museum piece. If you''ve fondness for this period of art, this book should be in your collection.
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Linda Kay Nichols
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Loved it
Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2020
Was a Christmas present for my sister. We had made a trip to Dublin last summer and saw the original at Trinity College. It is a beautiful replication with great colors and calligraphy
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travelzoo
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Great illustrations/photos
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2019
Historically accurate, presented in a logical manner, lots of illustrations. Good price.
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Maria Helena Hoksch
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Perfect book of Kells edition!
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2016
I bought it to myself, and then to a dear friend as a gift. It is a beautiful book and a perfect gift as it is presented so perfectly it looks and feels like a treaser. Inside id crammed with life size photos and even enlargements, that makes great study!
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Alphonse
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It''s not from Kells....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2017
Fantastic quality printing and very informed writing as usual from Bernard.But there is now no grounds to justify that the book is Irish!It was created in Iona with Pictish scribes.Nothing of Irish origin comes close-the Book of Durrow looks like amatuerish doodles by...See more
Fantastic quality printing and very informed writing as usual from Bernard.But there is now no grounds to justify that the book is Irish!It was created in Iona with Pictish scribes.Nothing of Irish origin comes close-the Book of Durrow looks like amatuerish doodles by comparison.Pictish art was very distinctive in the Celtic canon and this is the only "Irish" text that it appears in.The Book of Lindisfarne reflects similar influences.Cultural and historic niggles aside this is a beautiful edition that deserves a space in your library.
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LM
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Worth the money
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 24, 2016
This book is pricey but for me it was well worth the money. I have it a few months now and I''m only partway through it. It has as much information as you could possibly want on the Book of Kells and then some. It is full of excellent photographs, some spread over two pages,...See more
This book is pricey but for me it was well worth the money. I have it a few months now and I''m only partway through it. It has as much information as you could possibly want on the Book of Kells and then some. It is full of excellent photographs, some spread over two pages, and details all areas of interest in the manuscript. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to significantly increase their knowledge on the Book of Kells.
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The Boof of Kells
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 27, 2017
The Book of Kells with its amazing details of it was a wonderful story! If you like ancient books this would be the story for you!!
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Jean Campbell
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The Book of Kells
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 7, 2014
A beautiful book. It will sit with pride on the bookshelf and be brought down regularly to be admired. My husband was thrilled with his Christmas present.
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briliant product + super fast delivery = must buy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 29, 2013
Bought to give as a gift as he wanted to improve his calligraphy skills and he loved it. It was better than anticipated and came within only two days of expected arrival date. I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in buying this product to buy from here and...See more
Bought to give as a gift as he wanted to improve his calligraphy skills and he loved it. It was better than anticipated and came within only two days of expected arrival date. I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in buying this product to buy from here and cheaper than other places according to my own research of product.
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