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The Book of Kells


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A sumptuous volume on Ireland's revered national treasure and the world's most beautiful illuminated manuscript

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Bernard Meehan is Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Library, Dublin, owners of The Book of Kells and The Book of Durrow, two outstanding survivals from the early Scottish-Irish Christian world. He served on the government-appointed National Archives Advisory Council from 1987 to 1997.


'A sumptuous volume containing more than 80 pages from the manuscript reproduced full-size and in full, ravishing colour … a triumph of scholarly investigation and interpretation' - Financial Times

'Each reproduction is accompanied by Bernard Meehan’s clear and considered exegesis on one of the most complex artefacts of the Christian tradition … If only all art historians were such illuminating companions' - Marina Vaizey, V&A Magazine

'The value of the new edition of ‘The Book of Kells’ is not merely in the quality of the illustrations but the lucidity of the explanatory texts by Bernard Meehan … I bask in pride that we did not destroy this masterpiece of European art' - Colm Tóibín

'We think we know the Book of Kells, but the plates in this bargain of a book still take your breath away; and its author knows that the unknowns are at least as interesting as the knowns' - Times Literary Supplement

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