This monumental and important two-volume work, published posthumously, provides a masterly and comprehensive analysis of the development of Celtic design from the 4th century BC to the beginnings of Britain's Romanisation in the 1st century AD. Jope traces the emergence of Britain's unique insular art through a wide variety of objects, especially swords, scabbards and brooches, and explores further developments through the decoration of ceremonial armour and shields. The use of gold from the 3rd century BC and human, animal and plant imagery are also discussed and throughout objects are compared and contrasted with artefacts from the Celtic Continent. Weapons, armour, vessels, mirrors, personal ornaments and horse equipment illustrate the final flourish of Celtic design. Much of the study considers individual Celtic design elements, such as the use of S-shapes and spirals, the principles of design and metalworking techniques and tools. The second volume contains 332 plates of photographs and line figures.