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Book of Durrow
Call Number: Special Coll Rare (oversize) -- BS2552.D8L8 1960
Publication Date: England, circa 650-700
Dublin, Trinity College, MS A. IV.5
The Book of Durrow is a large Gospel Book that includes large decorated initials, five full-page illuminations of the evangelists, and six “carpet pages.” The place of origin for the Book of Durrow is debated among scholars between the monastery of Iona, elsewhere in Ireland, and the monastery of Lindisfarne.
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Book of Kells
Call Number: Special Coll Vault (double oversize) -- ND3359.K4B65 1990 v. 1-2
Publication Date: England, circa 800
Dublin, Trinity College, MS A.I.6
The Book of Kells is the most famous Insular manuscript to survive the Middle Ages, although very little is known about its precise date and place of production. Its immense size and ornate decoration indicate that it was produced by very skilled craftsmen and intended to be viewed by many people. Some of the magnificent features of the book include the geometric interlacing of the carpet pages, the abstracted animal decorations, and the full-page Chi Rho initial.
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Call Number: Special Coll Rare (double oversize) -- Z115A.B59L58 1956 v. 1-2
Publication Date: England, circa 698
London, British Library, Cotton MS Nero D.IV
The Lindisfarne Gospels include an unusual inscription that identifies the names of the scribes and craftsmen who created the manuscript at Lindisfarne Abbey in circa 698. The manuscript was likely made to be displayed with the shrine of St. Cuthbert, a former bishop of Lindisfarne.
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