In 1926, after having the rare pleasure of examining the Book of Dimma, Dr. Richard Best, Celticist at the National Library of Ireland wrote, ‘Lastly, it is to be hoped that this precious volume…of so great importance to palaeographers [sic], may before long be published in facsimile.’ 1 It may have taken 90 years, but Dr. Best’s wish is our command. The digital Book of Dimma is now available online. This is the third of four Insular Gospel books to be digitized through our Early Irish Manuscripts project. You can see all the images here.
Have a look at the activities of Early Irish Manuscripts project and hear Susie Bioletti, Keeper of Preservation and Conservation at Trinity College Dublin, talk about the significance of the work.
Colleen Thomas, Research Fellow