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The Fort-based Asiatic Central Library, nearly 200 years old in concept, over a hundred thousand books out of which about 15,000 are classified rare and valuable. There's 14th century original Dante's Divine Comedy, an original Kalpasutra - a Jain manuscript, an original Shahnama - A Persian 16th century manuscript and an original Aranyaka Parvan an illustrated 16th century manuscript detailing the Mahabharata, are safely stocked away in a safe deposit vault at the State Bank of India's main branch opposite Bombay Stock Exchange. Today, the 10,000-odd 'special' books at the library that include a 15th century Greek Grammar Book, a 10th Century Latin manuscript and Bibles in 15 languages, are safe too. Stacked away in the basement of the library, weathering restoration, pollution and the years.


 

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