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The Book of Kells Hardcover – November 15, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0500238943 ISBN-10: 0500238944 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (November 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500238944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500238943
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.5 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This new British edition is a fantastic recreation of the tome that sits in repose at the library in Dublin’s Trinity College.” (NY Daily News Book Blog)

“Sheds much light on this treasured book and raises many more questions.” (Antiques and the Arts Weekly)

“A fine introduction to this extraordinarily beautiful work.” (Grand Rapids Press)

About the Author

Bernard Meehan is Head of Research Collections and Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Library, Dublin, owners of the Book of Kells.

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Excellent full page details pictures and highly documented, well written and easy to read.
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The craftsmanship of fine printing, high quality paper, and excellent binding and book cover make this a museum piece.
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There aren't many books available online and they can be very expensive, so this was a welcome find.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Steve Herold on December 25, 2012
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The Book of Kells has long been considered one of the greatest art pieces of human history, and rightfully so. It was not properly studied until the mostly black and white Urs Graf reproduction of the early 1950s, and then seriously updated with the 1974 Thames and Hudson color work of 1974. In that volume Francoise Henry detailed the results of two decades of study that confirmed my research for a doctoral dissertation on the palaeography and calligraphy of the book and its antecedants. Now, in an even finer study of the book (that is best used with the excellent Trinity College CD reproducing all pages), we see the depth of material in the codex and its relationship to both Irish culture and the wider celtic cultural diaspora. Bernard Meehan, who has published an earlier, less scholarly volume on the Book of Kells, has given us an essential resource that permits a wide audience to explore and comprehend the glory of this work. No one interested in Irish art or fine manuscripts should be without this first class study.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Marco Carneiro on December 10, 2012
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Although I have not yet read the book cover to cover, it is exactly what I was expecting: a beautifully illustrated version of the Book of Kells. The external wooden case protects it and fits it well, while the pictures bring you the details of the Kells pages (that you’re not allowed to take from the original book). This is also supposed to be the most thorough book out there about the Book of Kells, as the author spent over 30 years studying and decrypting the book.
Congratulations to author and publisher for this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Tennessen on April 29, 2013
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It's like having the real book of Kells at your fingertips. This is a monumental and huge book, with beautiful printing and prose. For anyone who loves the book of Kells. Well worth every penny.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Danner on November 19, 2013
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Very nice book, but not the reproduction I was looking for. Lots of high resolution full pages, and information that adds color to the pages, but I still am looking for a reproduction to page through without being interrupted by white pages of modern text.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Sikking on December 26, 2012
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I bought this as a gift for a illumination craft person and she adores the book. The illustrations are vivid and offer great detail.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Johnpaul Morrow on December 27, 2012
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This book is totally freaking Awesome! Yes, it is rather expensive, but if you aren't stinking rich enough to afford the facsimile version this is a good alternative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathi Sjoberg on January 31, 2013
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Ever since visiting Trinity College, I have been intrigued with this book. Now I can study it at my leisure.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Loveland on June 25, 2013
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I have been studying the BoK for quite some time this book is absolutely gorgeous and gives bot tons of information and truly beautiful detailed pictures. Will be using it for years to come.
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