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CELTIC DESIGN: ILLUMINATED LETTERS
BY AIDAN MEEHAN

Thames and Hudson, London 1992; 160 pp, over 200 illustrations.
ISBN: 0-500-27685-4

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"The Celtic scribes of the sixth to the ninth centuries, whose intelligence and artistry we so admire today, worked from instructions and master-copies, handed down from generation to generation. In this authoritative reference manual, the sources and symbolism of their ornamental style are made accessible. From elucidation of the pages of the Cathach of St Columba to the Celtic animal alphabet, this unique blend of history, anecdote and practical instruction recreates the schooling of the Celtic illuminator".

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This book is a collection of simpler ornamental letters picked out and ready to be coloured, a resource for Celtic artists, calligraphers and crafts people

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With over 200 illustrations of the larger decorated capitals from all the chief Celtic illuminated manuscripts, written with a quill; calligraphy, illustrations and cover artwork entirley hand-done by the author.

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Text and Images copyright © 1993, 2005,2009 Aidan Meehan

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