The Book of Kells : An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College Dublin, Paperback Book

The Book of Kells : An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College Dublin Paperback

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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 humour.

Accompanying the illustrations is a new text by Bernard Meehan, the Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College, Dublin.

He provides an authoritative analysis of these exuberant inventions, the artists, the text and the writing, and a full account of the historical background to the miraculous world of the Book of Kells.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages, 117 illustrations, 110 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Religious subjects depicted in art
  • ISBN: 9780500277904



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I and Pangur Bán my cat<br />'Tis a like task we are at:<br />Hunting mice is his delight,<br />Hunting words I sit all night.</p><p>Better far than praise of men<br />'Tis to sit with book and pen;<br />Pangur bears me no ill will<br />He too plies his simple skill.</p><p>Oftentimes a mouse will stray<br />In the hero Pangur's way;<br />Oftentimes my keen thought set<br />Takes a meaning in its net.</p><p>'Gainst the wall he sets his eye<br />Full and fierce and sharp and sly;<br />'Gainst the wall of knowledge I<br />All my little wisdom try.</p><p>Practice every day has made<br />Pangur perfect in his trade;<br />I get wisdom day and night<br />Turning darkness into light.

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