Scotland’s oldest book goes on display


An extract from the book

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTLAND’S oldest surviving book is set to go on display tomorrow (Friday) for the first time in over forty years.

The pocket-sized medieval book of Psalms is often described as Scotland’s Book of Kells due to the vivid and detailed coloured illuminations that cover the pages.

Dating back to the 11th Century and thought to have been made at the monastery on Iona, it is part of a display at the University of Edinburgh celebrating their extensive collection.

Experts believe the book could have been commissioned for St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland.

Rare Shakespeare

Even without its original binding, the psalter’s script is clear and can still be read despite its age.

Other exhibits going on show include a rare copy of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet published during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

And two more firsts for Scotland are featured, including the first book printed in Gaelic and the first printed book.

The exhibition – entitled “Masterpieces 1” – opens December 11 and runs until March 14.

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