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Oldest Surviving Indian Book

The oldest surviving Indian book is the Tamil work, Christiya Vanakkam, revised edition of the original Doctrina Christa. The book was published from Quilon (located in present day Kerala) on October 20, 1578. The Harvard University library possesses a surviving copy of this book. The second page of the book mentions that it was printed on October 20, 1578 at the press of the 'Saviour'. Christiya Vanakkam is a translation of St. Francis Xavier's work in Portuguese, translated by Fr. Henrique and Father Manual de San Pedro. Doctrina Christa was first published by Portuguese Jesuit priests in 1560 in Goa, followed by its Tamil version in 1564.

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