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Exploring The Book of Kells

by George Otto Simms

ISBN 0862781795 / 9780862781798 / 0-86278-179-5
Publisher O'Brien
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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The Book of Kells consists of 680 pages of handwritten and gorgeously illustrated work that has survived twelve hundred years. It was written by the monks of ancient Ireland. These monks prepared the skins for the vellum, and the inks and colours, quills and brushes were all handcrafted in the monastery.

Writing in the scriptorium was a central part of life in the monastery. Here, George Otto Simms tells about the life of these monks, why and how they made the famous Book of Kells, and in a simple and entertaining way leads us to appreciate the detail and contents of this superb treasure.

Author George Otto Simms (1910-1991) was a world-renowned authority on the Book of Kells. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin. He was the Anglican Church of Ireland's Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.

Contains sixty illustrations, colour and black-and-white. [via]