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Egypt recovers one of the world's rarest atlases

CAIRO, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) Egypt recovered from Germany a rare copy of the historic Cedid-Atlas, dating from the early nineteenth century, after it was smuggled out of the country, the Foreign Ministry reported in this capital.

German Chancellor Heiko Mass handed the copy of the atlas to his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry during the European official's two-day official visit to the North African nation.

According to the Foreign Ministry's statement, the copy was smuggled into Germany after being stolen from Egypt's General Organization for Books and National Documentaries.

Germany delivered the copy after it was confiscated in October 2018 on suspicion of smuggling into the country.

The Cedid-Atlas, the first to be printed in the Muslim world (Turkey 1803), consists of a treatise on geography, an astronomical chart and about 24 maps of the world stretching from Turkey and the Mediterranean to the United States.

Only 50 copies were printed, and very few are available in the world today after most were destroyed in a fire in 1808, making it one of the rarest printed atlases on the planet.


  • Countries: Africa

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