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Books damaged after the fire in the Institute of Egypt in central Cairo, december 19

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The flames themselves are not the only threat to your rare book collection: smoke can wreak havoc as well. The wet smoke from a smoldering fire can leave behind a sticky residue and cause warping. Higher temperature fires that burn fast produce a dry smoke that is especially harmful to antiquarian books and documents. And your books can incur fire-related damage simply by being exposed to the soot puffed out by a furnace or other heating source.

An Egyptian book restorer lays out burnt and damaged books to dry in the garden of the Institute of Egypt after the centre caught fire during deadly clashes between security forces and protesters Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

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Ancient burnt and damaged books saved from a research center set up during the three-year occupation of Egypt by France in the late 18th century are seen at a restoration book center in Cairo. (AP)