- Series: Celtic Design
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st Edition edition (September 17, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500276854
- ISBN-13: 978-0500276853
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Celtic Design: Illuminated Letters Paperback – September 17, 1992
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From the Back Cover
The Celtic scribes of the sixth to ninth centuries, whose intelligence and artistry we admire today in their sacred manuscripts, worked from instructions and master-copies, handed down from generation to generation. In this authoritative reference manual, the sources and symbolism of their ornament are made accessible. From elucidation of the pages of the Cathach of St. Columba to the Celtic animal alphabet, this unique blend of history, anecdote and practical instruction recreates the schooling of the Celtic illuminator.
About the Author
Aidan Meehan has been researching and practicing Celtic knot design since discovering the triple-grid method of Celtic knot design in 1974. He is the author of the eight-volume Celtic Design series and many other books on the subject.
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The complaint that the illustrations were in black and white is mind-boggling. Perhaps the naysayer should have taken more than a cursory glance at the book. In the introduction, Mr. Meehan tells us the book isn't focused on the most complicated and colorful examples of the art form, as is so often the case. Instead, "Illuminated Letters" focuses on the actual technique for the creation of the artwork that is ready to be colored at the artist's leisure once he actually learns that technique. Not only are a number of diverse types of illuminated letters accurately rendered, the often mysterious and rarely comprehended symbolism of the patterns are given. Of the many books on illumination, many of which I have collected, I find this small book on the simple illuminations of letters to be a most excellent guide for those of us who dare to try to follow the path of the masters who came before ... perhaps the best of the series!