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The Book of Kells

£90.00

Product description

The Book of Kells is one of the great treasures of medieval Europe.Produced around 800, it presents a text of the Gospels employing decoration that is not only extraordinarily rich and colourful but also, in places, deeply enigmatic.This new book will enrich people interested in manuscripts, in design, in Celtic art, in religious imagery, and in the world of Irish studies. It will be a revelation even to those familiar with the great Book of Kells. We are guided through full-page depictions of Christ, the Evangelists and their symbols, lavish openings to the Gospels, inventive lettering, and combinations of complex interlace, animals and human figures. 

The book elucidates the imagery, with descriptions of how animals, including lion, peacock and snake, functioned symbolically, and explores the relationship between text and decoration, the scribes and artists, and technical aspects including the production of the manuscript, which remains mysterious.The exceptional illustrations feature more than eighty actual-size reproductions of full pages, and enlarged details that allow the reader's eye to dwell on the intricacy of decoration that is barely visible in the manuscript itself.

Some water damage and scuffs on slipcase and peeling of lining inside shown in photos.

Item details

Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
27x35x4cm
Number of pages:
230
Publisher:
Thames and Hudson

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£10.00
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About this item

The Book of Kells is one of the great treasures of medieval Europe.Produced around 800, it presents a text of the Gospels employing decoration that is not only extraordinarily rich and colourful but also, in places, deeply enigmatic.This new book will enrich people interested in manuscripts, in design, in Celtic art, in religious imagery, and in the world of Irish studies. It will be a revelation even to those familiar with the great Book of Kells. We are guided through full-page depictions of Christ, the Evangelists and their symbols, lavish openings to the Gospels, inventive lettering, and combinations of complex interlace, animals and human figures. 

The book elucidates the imagery, with descriptions of how animals, including lion, peacock and snake, functioned symbolically, and explores the relationship between text and decoration, the scribes and artists, and technical aspects including the production of the manuscript, which remains mysterious.The exceptional illustrations feature more than eighty actual-size reproductions of full pages, and enlarged details that allow the reader's eye to dwell on the intricacy of decoration that is barely visible in the manuscript itself.

Some water damage and scuffs on slipcase and peeling of lining inside shown in photos.

Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
27x35x4cm
Number of pages:
230
Publisher:
Thames and Hudson

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