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Rare Book Division

In 1978 the Council decided to open a Rare Book Division. The preliminarhy screening of the collection has since been started. Among the earliest printed books mention may be made of the following:
Julii Firmici Astronomicorum libri octo integri (Venice 1499), Kitabal-Qanum (Arabic/Romae 1595), Kripar Sstrer Arthabhed (Bengali in Roman Character, Kisbon 1743); S. Purchas’s Purchas: His Pilgrimage (London, 1 61 4), N. Halhed’s Grammar of the Bengal Language, (Hooghly, 1778), Malabar and English Dictionary, (Madras, 1779), Rasamanjari (Sanskrit, Banaras, 1791), Ram Ram Bose’s Lipimala (Bengali, Serampore, 1802), The Ramayana 3 vols, (Bengali, Serampore, 1803), Hitopadesa (Sanskrit, Serampore, 1804), Colebrooke’s Grammar of the Sanskrit language vol. 1 (Serampore, 1805).



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