Sunday, October 01, 2006

Secret Treasure

If, like me, you have driven past the Asiatic Library, admiring the graceful columns, I'll let you in on a little piece of trivia:

The Asiatic Library houses one of the only two known original copies of Dante's Divine Comedy. The other copy is in Milan.

In 1930, Mussolini offered one million pounds for the book, but the society refused. The book is a gift to the society by Monstuart Elphinstone, Governor of Bombay

In 2002, the Italian Minister for Culture visited the Asiatic Library, and confirmed that the book was in better shape than the one in Milan.

- Deepa


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