The quantity of literature on the subject of the Celts is enormous and to guide those wishing to go deeper into the subject is not easy. In the section to follow we offer, first, a series of books written for the general reader, which, in many cases, are attractively illustrated. Then follows a list of more specialist works published since about 1970. Together, in some 200 individual papers, they provide a fair coverage of the detailed research currently being undertaken. These volumes should be approached only by those of resilient disposition.
Thereafter some guidance is given as to the most significant general reading on a chapter-by-chapter basis. Wherever possible English works have been chosen, but, where nothing suitable exists, French, German, and Spanish sources have been suggested. Most of the works cited have extensive bibliographies which will help the enthusiast to begin detailed research on virtually any Celtic topic. It is a pursuit which can fill many lifetimes.
Among books offering overviews of the ancient Celts, the two classic texts are T. G. E. Powell , The Celts ( London, 1958, and subsequent editions), and Jan Filip, Celtic Civilization and its Heritage (first published in Czech in 1960 with the first English edition appearing in Prague in 1962). Though elderly, both texts are well worth reading for the mastery and style of their authors. Three books, focusing more on the historical Celts but still offering a broad sweeping approach, can be recommended: Nora Chadwick , The Celts (Harmondsworth, 1971); Myles Dillon and Nora Chadwick, The Celtic Realms ( London, 1967); and Alwyn and Brinley Rees, Celtic Heritage: Ancient Traditions in Ireland and Wales ( London, 1961).
More recent general works include a massive tome The Celts, edited by Sabatino Moscati and others, and published in 1991 in Milan to accompany a comprehensive exhibition entitled ' The Celts, the Origins of Europe' which was held in Venice. The volume includes a large number of papers on sites or themes, written by scholars with a first-hand research knowledge of the subject area, and illustrated with photographs of incomparable quality, mostly in colour. Though physically unwieldy and unindexed, The Celts presents a brilliant kaleidoscope of Celtic achievement. A second large composite volume, The Celtic World, edited by Miranda Aldhouse Green ( London, 1995), presents a valuable collection of thematic papers reflecting research. More general single-authored books which can be recommended because of their carefully integrated texts and illustrations are: Paul-Marie Duval, Les Celtes ( Paris, 1977); The Celts of the West, text by Venceslas Kruta with brilliant photographs by Werner Forman ( London, 1985); Barry Cunliffe, The Celtic World ( London, 1979); Simon James, Exploring the World of the Celts ( London, 1993); Christiane Eluère, The Celts: First Masters of Europe (first English edition: London, 1993); and Celts: Europe's People of Iron, a Time-Life