Tweet to @corkup
Sign up to our newsletter here to receive a 20% discount off any order.

Shop by Price
Free Shipping
featured products

  Home > Art & Architecture >

The Irish Hand Scribes and their Manuscripts from the Earliest Times
The Irish Hand Scribes and their Manuscripts from the Earliest Times

Our Price:39.00
Authors: Timothy O'Neill
Publication Year: Hardback October 2014
Pages: 148
Size: 299 x 237mm

ISBN: 9781782050926

This is a revised and expanded edition of what has long been regarded as the standard work on Irish Manuscripts. The new book incorporates high quality digital images of the works of Irish scribes through the centuries. The extraordinary stories of the survival of these volumes provide a commentary on the cultural history of Ireland, its language, scholars and scribes.

Timothy demonstrates in this beautifully produced book that Irish writing is a living art; the fine ancient script has, to this day, a continuing tradition- Irish Arts Review

The Irish Hand is arranged in two parts. Part One presents survey of the manuscript tradition, followed by essays on thirty-one of the great books of Ireland. The context, contents, and history of each manuscript are given, accompanied by a full-page illustration.

Part Two surveys the work of the scribes from a practical perspective, examining script and lettering in detail. Extracts are given from fifty-two manuscripts, transliterated and translated, with a commentary on the penwork. The Irish Hand covers 1,500 years of Irish script and letter design from the sixth to the twenty-first century

Timothy O'Neill, widely acknowledged to be the finest calligrapher in Ireland, is also a scholarly authority on the manuscript tradition and the author of Merchants and Mariners in Medieval Ireland (1987). He was the Burns Scholar at Boston College in 1995 and currently serves on the council of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. His artworks include the Roscrea Missal (1981), the Ó Fiaich Gospel Book, Maynooth (1995), Celtic-style tailfins for British Airways (1997), stamps for An Post in 2009 and a facsimile of the Faddan More Psalter in 2011.

Average Rating: Average Rating: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review »

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 The Irish Hand May 8, 2015
Reviewer: CHOICE, W. S. Brockman, Pennsylvania State Univ from USA  
O'Neill (Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland) transforms the 1984 edition of this book by adding dozens of color photographs and a revised text that brings to life a rich tradition of scribal representation of religious, historical, legal, and imaginative documents.  He writes with the authority of decades as one of the most prominent historians of Irish calligraphy and as a highly regarded calligrapher himself.  Following a concise survey of the rich Irish manuscript tradition, the work offers a chronological examination of 31 important manuscripts, from the 6th-centuryCathach through the famous Book of Kells to prominent 19th-century works.  Color illustrations of exemplary pages are accompanied by thorough commentary, providing details of the creation, content, and provenance of the manuscripts through thefts, sales, disappearances, and reappearances.  In the second part, O'Neill examines - in his stated role as practitioner - lines of text from each of these and 21 recent manuscripts, noting stylistic details of the handwriting and providing transcriptions from Irish and Latin and translations into English.  The wealth of bibliographical and historical detail makes this the primary resource for scholarship in the field, and the elegant presentation of these beautiful works will attract the interest of general readers. -- W. S. Brockman, Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus

Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers and scholars; general readers and practitioners of calligraphy. CHOICE connect A publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries

Was this review helpful to you?

Copyright ©  Cork University Press. All Rights Reserved.Built with Volusion
Dont forget to sign up to our newsletter to get our discount code and latest updates.