Thames & Hudson’s bestselling book of all time, The Book of Kells: An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College Dublin, was first published in 1994. It is now reissued in a completely restructured, rewritten, redesigned and freshly illustrated edition.
This new official guide, by the former Keeper of Manuscripts at the Library of Trinity College Dublin, provides fascinating insights into the Book of Kells, revealing the astounding detail and richness of one of the greatest works of medieval art. The illustrations in the guide include reproductions of complete pages, and details that allow one to marvel at the intricacy of the decoration. The Book of Kells is explored through its historical background; its structure; its decorative elements, including the richness of its symbols and themes; the scribes and artists who worked on the manuscript; and the tools and pigments used in its creation.
'Beautiful colour illustrations of both full pages and details'
'Provides insights into the Gospels not found anywhere else'
'Enthralling … the range of vivid colours is almost as impressive as the striking use of gold in creating this sacramental trasure'