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.

84 pages

Publication Date: 12/31/2002
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781874045977