The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created in a Columban monastery in either Britain or Ireland, or indeed may have had contributions from various Columban institutions from both Britain and Ireland. It is believed to have been created ca. 800 AD. The text of the Gospels is largely drawn from the Vulgate, although it also includes several passages drawn from the earlier versions of the Bible known as the Vetus Latina. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure.
Gospels of Reichenau, early 11th century. Cover: Gold, jewels and pearls. Germany. Source
The Benedictine Abbey of Reichenau had probably the largest and most influential European writing school in the 10th and 11th centuries. By order of the highest circles a series of most magnificent liturgical manuscripts were created. This Evangeliar is an outstanding work of the Ottonian period. See the complete book here.
This Armenian manuscript was created in 1475 by a Armenian scribe named Aristakes for the Armenian Apostolic Church
It contains a series of sixteen images on the life of Christ preceding the text of the Gospels, as well as the traditional Evangelist portraits, and there are marginal illustrations throughout. The style of the miniatures, which employ brilliant colors and emphasize decorative patterns, is characteristic of manuscript production in the region around Lake Van during the fifteenth century. This jeweled and enameled silver binding bears a composition of the Adoration of the Magi on the front and the Ascension on the back.
Numerous inscriptions spanning a few centuries attest to the manuscript’s long history of use and revered preservation
This 1606 Russian edition of the Gospels features four beautifully illuminated woodcuts, each protected by a fine sheet of gauze inset into a frame, so that the brilliant colors wouldn’t transfer to the facing page.