Author: Irish Monks
Date: 800 AD
History: "The Book of Kells" is one of the most renowned illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages. Tentatively dated to the year 800 AD, 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. This book, which contains the four Gospels, was largely sacramental and would have likely been displayed during Mass, rather than be used for close examination.
Description: Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s finest artistic treasures, the Book of Kells exemplifies what is known as the Insular Style (900-1100 AD). 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, which was 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.
Info: Our reproduction is the Book of Kells in its entirety. 678 full color pages of this magnificent masterpiece.
Reproduction Details: 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 in 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. We also add three layers of mull cloth to the outside of the perfect binding, drying in between each layer, a traditional way to make the binding stiff, strong, and resilient.
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