The Cathach of Colum Cille: An Introduction

The Cathach of Colum Cille: An Introduction

by Michael Herity, Aidan Breen




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". This full-color 84-page booklet introduces readers to the provenance, art history and biblical content of the manuscript.

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ISBN-13: 9781874045977
Publisher: Royal Irish Academy
Publication date: 12/31/2002
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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