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‘Irreplaceable’ books by Galileo, Newton found under house in Romania

The Hague: Police in Romania have uncovered a trove of “irreplaceable” books including first editions of works by Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton that were stolen in a sophisticated 2017 heist from a warehouse in London, police and the European Union’s judicial co-operation agency said on Friday.

The stash of some 200 rare and valuable books was discovered on Wednesday hidden in a concealed space under a house in rural Romania.

First edition works by Isaac Newton were among the books found.

First edition works by Isaac Newton were among the books found.

London’s Met Police said in a statement that the recovered books have a combined value of more than £2.5 million ($3.2 million).

“These books are extremely valuable, but more importantly they are irreplaceable and are of great importance to international cultural heritage,” Detective Inspector Andy Durham said in a statement.

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