Author: Irish Monks
The Book of Kells is one of the most renowned illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages. Tentatively dated to the year 800CE, the Book resided at the eponymous Abbey of Kells for many centuries before it was moved in 1654. Today, it is on permanent display at Trinity College in Dublin. The text of the Book is largely taken from the Vulgate, a fourth century Latin translation of the Bible, though it includes several passages derived from the earlier Vetus Latina. It contains the four Gospels. The book was largely sacramental. It would have likely been displayed during Mass rather than used for close examination.
Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s finest artistic treasures, the Book of Kells exemplifies what is known as the Insular Style (900-1100CE). Insular art combined both Celtic and Anglo-Saxon visual elements to create a new hybrid style. Where its contemporary Byzantine style sought to portray realistic three-dimensional forms, the Insular Style saw a flattening of human and animal forms. There was also a new focus on intricate patterning heavily influenced by elite metalwork of the area. These formal elements can be clearly seen in the dense ornamentation on a majority of the folios in the Book of Kells.
Our reproduction is the Book of Kells in its entirety. 678 full color pages of this magnificent masterpiece.
The hardcover books are made with two pieces of real wood on the inside. The leather is a 4 oz cowhide from a small supplier is New York state. The Glue we use to attach the leather to the wood is made at our facility and is a period correct wheat glue. Along the spine we use a modern perfect binding with modern glue to make the binding last longer that the older style. We also add three layers of mull cloth to the outside of the perfect binding , drying in between each layer, the mull cloth is a traditional way to make the binding stiff and strong.
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