The Book of Kells

Last night a crowded Long Room hosted the launch of The Book of Kells, by Dr Bernard Meehan, Head of Research Collections and Keeper of Manuscripts.

The book was formally launched by Roger Stalley, Emeritus Professor of Art History Trinity College Dublin, and the guests were addressed by the Librarian, by Julian Honer,  Editorial Director at Thames & Hudson, and by the author himself.

Published by Thames & Hudson The Book of Kells is a sumptuous production which explores the Book of Kells in terms of its historical and artistic context, with consideration of technical aspects, illuminated by recent scientific research. The rich illustrations feature more than fifty full-size reproductions of complete pages of the manuscript and enlarged details that shed light on elements barely visible to the naked eye.

It is an essential text for anyone who has either a general or specialist interest in Ireland’s greatest artistic treasure.

Estelle Gittins