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Royal Irish Academy
The Cathach of Colum Cille: An Introduction

The Cathach of Colum Cille: An Introduction

by Michael Herity, Aidan Breen

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The Cathach is the oldest extant Irish illuminated manuscript, dated to c. CE 600. The surviving 58 folios contain Psalms 30:10 to 105:13 (Vulgate version). Legend has it that Colum Cille copied the manuscript from a psalter lent to him by St. Finnian. A dispute over the ownership of the copy was resolved by the King of Tara in a very early copyright ruling: "To every cow her calf, so to every book its copy". A full-color 84-page booklet introduces readers to the provenance, art history and biblical content of the manuscript. The accompanying interactive CD-ROM presents the manuscript in digitized form, with a brief overview of its origins and art history. The manuscript folios can be read against a transcription by H.J. Lawlor or an English version of the relevant psalms. A zoom facility up to 400% allows art historians, calligraphers, palaeographers and other researchers to examine the script and illuminated initials in detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781874045922
Publisher: Royal Irish Academy
Publication date: 12/31/2002
Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
Pages: 75
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 7.42(h) x 0.32(d)

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