Donation from the Embassy of Ireland

darrow_thumb.jpgOn the occasion of the national holiday of Ireland - St Patrick's Day (March 17), the Ambassador of Ireland in Bulgaria H.E. Geoffrey Keating donated to the University Library “St. Kliment Ohridski” the valuable bibliophile edition The Book of Durrow. The gift was handed to the director of the University Library Mrs. Anna Angelova, Ph.D. in Studii reading room – a reading room for storage of rare and valuable editions.

darrow_snimka_1.jpgThe event was attended by Prof. Nedyu Popivanov, Vice-Rector of Scientific and International Projects; Prof. Georgi Bakalov and Prof. Hristo Matanov from the Faculty of History, Prof. Mirena Slavova from the Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology, Assoc. Prof. Tsveta Todorova, Executive Director of the Museum of Sofia University, representatives of the academic community and bibliophiles.
The Book of Durrow (Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS A. 4. 5. (57)) is a 7th-century illuminated manuscript gospel book. It is considered the oldest extant complete illuminated Insular gospel book. It was probably created between 650 and 700, perhaps by monks from Durrow, a small rural village in County Offaly, Ireland.
darrow_snimka_3.jpgSpecial limited edition of The Book of Durrow was printed in 1960 (600 copies), intended as a gift for VIPs and institutions. Copy № 566 of the edition was donated to the University Library in sign of gratitude for the fruitful cooperation between the Embassy of Ireland in Bulgaria and the University Library “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

Университетска библиотека "Св. Климент Охридски" 2014