Utrecht University’s rare book of psalms included on Unesco heritage list

Utrecht PsalterA richly illustrated book of psalms, which is part of the Utrecht University library, has been included on the Unesco Memory of the World register.

The Utrecht Psalter was made in or close to Reims in 830 and includes 150 psalms and 16 Bible verses illustrated in what experts say was a ‘revolutionary’ manner for the time.

It will be on show at the Catharijne convent museum in Utrecht for a month and viewed digitally.

Dutch items on the documentary heritage list include the original  Diary of Anne Frank, the archives of the VOC (‘Dutch East India Company’) and Marx’ scheme for his Communist Manifesto and his notes on Das Kapital, which were partly written in the Netherlands.