The Irish Hand : Scribes and Their Manuscripts from the Earliest Times, Hardback Book

The Irish Hand : Scribes and Their Manuscripts from the Earliest Times Hardback


This is a revised and expanded edition of what has long been regarded as the standard work on Irish Manuscripts.

The new book incorporates high quality digital images of the works of Irish scribes through the centuries.

The extraordinary stories of the survival of these volumes provide a commentary on the cultural history of Ireland, its language, scholars and scribes. The Irish Hand is arranged in two parts. Part One presents survey of the manuscript tradition, followed by essays on thirty-one of the great books of Ireland.

The context, contents, and history of each manuscript are given, accompanied by a full-page illustration. Part Two surveys the work of the scribes from a practical perspective, examining script and lettering in detail.

Extracts are given from fifty-two manuscripts, transliterated and translated, with a commentary on the penwork.

The Irish Hand covers 1,500 years of Irish script and letter design from the sixth to the twenty-first century


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Cork University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781782050926



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