he Book of Kells - created at a time when Europe was decisively influenced by the missionary work carried out by Irish monks - was written to the glory of the New Testament and is one of the most valuable manuscripts handed down from the early Middle Ages. It was written and illustrated by a creative genius in a still unknown monastery around the year 800. Since 1661, it has been preserved by the library of Trinity College, Dublin as Ireland's national treasure.
The 680 pages (approximately 250 x 330 mm in size) of the illuminated manuscript are re-created down to the last detail. All but two of the pages are decorated in full colour, with up to ten colours being used on a special grade of paper, which corresponds in surface and texture to the parchment used for the original. The Fine Art Facsimile Edition is fully stitched onto double cords and bound in white leather and is supplied in a lavishly hand crafted presentation box and complemented by an authoritative commentary volume (in English or German). Of the numbered editions, limited to 1,480 copies world-wide, 740 have been reserved for the English speaking world.
A documentation kit containing 3 sample pages, in the original size, from the Book of Kells Fine Art Facsimile Volume, plus an illustrated, 16 page information brochure, is available for $US98. A video is also available for $US15 - please specify PAL or NTSC format.