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The images on the previous page are from the Book of Deer manuscript. Images from the Book of Deer appear by permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library. The images may not be down-loaded or further circulated or disseminated in any way without the prior permission of Cambridge University Library
The Book of Deer was compiled at the old Celtic monastery of Deer between the 9th and 12th centuries. Although written in Latin, it includes the earliest known specimens of Scottish Gaelic in a number of marginalia. It also contains illumination relevant to other examples of early Celtic art such as The Book of Durrow and The Book of Kells.
The Book of Deer has been owned by Cambridge University Library since 1713 as part of the Royal Library, finding its way south, it is believed, in the 17th century.
See The Book of Deer, ed John Stuart (Edinburgh: The Spalding Club, 1869).
Visit The Book of Deer website: www.bookofdeer.co.uk
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