History as 1314 book is finally unveiled.
A stunning 700–year–old history of the world went on public display for the first time yesterday.
The World History of Rashid al–Din was written in 1314 by the prime minister of an ancient Mongol kingdom and was gifted to Edinburgh University in 1876.
It's worth millions and is normally kept in highsecurity storage. It's being shown to the public to mark its 700th birthday.
Professor Hugh Goddard, of the university's Alwaleed Centre for Islamic studies, said: "The manuscript is irreplaceable. The illustrations are fantastically beautiful.
"But you either keep it under lock and key and nobody but the experts ever looks at it, or you try to make it more accessible.
"For three months, we decided to go for the latter."
The history was written by Rashid al–Din, Grand Vizier of the Mongol Ilkhanate in Persia.
It covers the Mongol empire, middle east, India, China and eastern Europe but says nothing about the west.
The manuscript eventually The manuscript eventually ended up in mughal India, where it was acquired by the British East India Company and passed to the university.
The History will be on show at the university library until October 31 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.
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