Book of Durrow. Codex Durmachensis (1960)
Book ID: 66147
Book of Durrow. Codex Durmachensis. Berne: Urs Graf-Verlag, 1960. Two volumes. Folio, pigskin. Volume of commentary bound in quarter pigskin, engraved title along spine. A fine set as issued in original plain paper dust jackets & sturdy white cardboard box.
Limited Edition of 600 Numbered Copies. This is the complete facsimile edition with 17 plates in colour and 479 in monochrome.
Contributors to the commentary are: Dr. A.A. Luce, Dr. George Simms, Prof. Peter Meyer and Prof. Ludwig Bieler.
The Book of Durrow is an illuminated manuscript dated to c. 700 that consists of text from the four Gospels gospel books, written in an Irish adaption of Vulgate Latin, and illustrated in the Insular script style. The manuscript takes its name from the monastery of the same name in County Offaly. It was founded by St Colum Cille at the end of the sixth century. Throughout the early medieval period it was an important centre of learning and trade, and the burial place of local kings. Although it is not known whether the manuscript was made at Durrow, it was definitely there by the eleventh century and remained there until the 1660s, when it was acquired by the Library of Trinity College Dublin.