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Handsome fine bindings of classic works of literature and multi-volume sets of complete works, by authors including Austen, Hardy, Wodehouse and Waugh.

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  1. The Laws Concerning the Poor.

    The Laws Concerning the Poor. 1705

    £1,100

    First edition of this anonymous treatise advocating statutory reform. “It has been a just complaint, that our statutes concerning the poor lie very confused […]; some acts are probationers and temporary, and are expired; others are perpetual; but which are of one sort, and which …Read more

  2. De l’Esprit des loix.

    De l’Esprit des loix. [1748]

    £32,500

    First edition of this classic in social science which influenced the formation of the United States Constitution and was the ideological basis of the French Revolution. “The most distinctive aspect of this immense syllabus is its moderation: a quality not designed to achieve official approval …Read more

  3. [French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique,
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    [French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique, 1658 [but Paris: 1792]

    £1,500

    First edition in French of this apology of tyrannicide, originally directed against Oliver Cromwell and here used to justify in advance the execution of Louis XVI. The text was first published as a pamphlet in 1657 under the title Killing No Murder. From the library …Read more

  4. Mary Poppins.
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    Mary Poppins. 1934

    £2,250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  5. Characters of Shakespear’s Plays.
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    Characters of Shakespear’s Plays. 1817

    £500

    First edition, Chandos Leigh’s copy, of “the first ever economically priced critical survey of all Shakespeare’s works” (ODNB), and “the first of Hazlitt’s books to achieve immediate success” (Keynes). With Leigh’s armorial bookplate to the front pastedown. Poet and literary patron Chandos Leigh (1791-1850) built …Read more

  6. The Theory of Moral Sentiments;
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    The Theory of Moral Sentiments; 1817

    £1,750

    First American edition of Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments, originally published in London in 1759, the present edition based on the 1809 edition published in Edinburgh by R. Chapman. The initial binder’s blank bears a gift inscription in a flamboyant hand from US federal judge …Read more

  7. The Complete Poetical Works.
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    The Complete Poetical Works. 1903

    £250

    A very attractively bound copy of Wordsworth’s complete poems. Read more

  8. The Holy Bible,
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    The Holy Bible, 1768

    £4,000

    A handsomely printed Georgian Bible in a grand period binding, with a fascinating provenance: from the library of the prominent Liverpool merchant and slave trader John Sparling (1731-1800). “John Sparling was in partnership with William Bolden in the Virginia trade from the 1750s, …Read more

  9. Poems.
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    Poems. 1861

    £195

    First Nimmo edition, attractively illustrated and including a Life of Lord Byron by Alexander Leighton, and handsomely bound. Read more

  10. The Poetical Works.
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    The Poetical Works. [1920s]

    £200

    A very attractively bound comprehensive edition of Shelley’s poetical works on India paper. Read more

  11. Maud, and other poems.
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    Maud, and other poems. 1867

    £200

    A strikingly bound copy of Tennyson’s Maud, inscribed as an Eton College gift in 1869. This edition includes The Charge of the Light Brigade among the other poems. Read more

  12. The Poetical Works.
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    The Poetical Works. 1823

    £600

    A very handsomely bound library set of Walter Scott’s poetical works, printed in Edinburgh during Scott’s lifetime. Read more

  13. The Travels of Marco Polo.
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    The Travels of Marco Polo. 1968

    £185

    A finely bound copy of Ronald Latham’s acclaimed translation of Marco Polo’s Travels. Read more

  14. P. Virgilii Maronis Opera.
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    P. Virgilii Maronis Opera. 1798

    £750

    Scottish philosopher Sir William Hamilton’s copy, presented to him while a pupil in his third year at Glasgow Grammar School, with his prize plate dated 1801 to the front pastedown. Hamilton (1788-1856) entered the school at the age of nine, and began taking Greek and …Read more

  15. The Cricket of the Hearth.
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    The Cricket of the Hearth. 1906

    £1,250

    A fine vellucent binding by Cedric Chivers, delicately embellished with mother-of-pearl. The vellucent technique was developed by Cedric Chivers in the early 1900s. In contrast to the earlier method used by Edwards of Halifax, the painting was not done on the underside of the transparent …Read more

  16. Specimens of the Russian Poets.
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    Specimens of the Russian Poets. 1821

    £125

    First edition of this anthology (misspelt “anathology” on the spine label) which features the works of Derzhavin, Batiushkov, Lomonosov, Zhukovsky, Karamsin, Dmitriev, Krilov, Khemnitzer, Bobrov, Bogdanovich, Davidov, Kostrov, and Neledinsky Meletzky, as well as national songs. Read more

  17. The Golden Treasury.

    The Golden Treasury. 1909

    £300

    First complete edition of this anthology, attractively bound by Bayntun. The Golden Treasury “remains one of those rare instances in which a critical work has substantive imaginative value, and entitles its author to rank among creative artists” (ODNB). The anthology was published in two …Read more

  18. Poems; In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; and The Princess.

    Poems; In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; and The Princess. 1853-68

    £750

    A lavishly bound collection of Tennyson poetical works, mixed editions, including a wonderful piece of Tennyson ephemera, the “In Memoriam, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate, &c” order of service for the memorial held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 16th October 1892, after his death on …Read more

  19. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    The Vicar of Wakefield. 1929

    £575

    First trade edition, first impression. Read more

  20. The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke. June 1889

    £1,750

    First Doves Press edition, one of 250 copies on paper, with the first initial hand-illuminated in green Edward Johnston, this copy finely bound by René Kieffer (1875-1964), who worked for ten years at the famed Chambolle-Duru bindery in Paris before establishing his own workshop in …Read more

  21. The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.

    The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora. 1842

    £950

    Ninth edition, first published in 1836 with just 12 plates, this appears to be the edition with the largest number of plates. All of these early, self-published editions are uncommon, Copac offering just 5 locations for editoons between 1839 – “sixth thousand” – and 1842. …Read more

  22. Greece: Pictorial, Descriptive, & Historical.

    Greece: Pictorial, Descriptive, & Historical. 1882

    £750

    First edition edited by the distinguished geographer, classical scholar and friend of Edward Lear, H. F. Tozer (1829-1916), “he was a keen observer of the landscape (including the flora – he was a skilled botanist) and of the people who lived in it and the …Read more

  23. Joseph Conrad: Life and Letters.

    Joseph Conrad: Life and Letters. 1927

    £450

    First edition, first printing, of one of the first biographies following Conrad’s death in 1924, preserving material “that might otherwise have been lost” (The New Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad, 2015, p. 190). Georges Jean-Aubry was a French music critic who numbered not just Conrad …Read more

  24. Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert.

    Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert. 1856.

    £450

    First edition, a choicely bound copy, extra-illustrated with the addition of 54 portraits and views (some hand-coloured) ranging in date from the late 18th to the late 19th century, skilfully inlaid to size. “For many years after her death Mrs Fitzherbert’s marriage to the prince …Read more

  25. Japan: a Record in Colour.

    Japan: a Record in Colour. 1905

    £750

    A beautifully bound copy. The Australian-born Mortimer Menpes was one of Whistler’s pupils and strongly influenced by him to study Japanese art. Modern Japanese critics have objected that, like Whistler, Menpes did not understand Japanese painting techniques and merely imported trappings of Japanese art into …Read more

  26. Poems and Letters.

    Poems and Letters. 1879

    £500

    A large paper copy of this attractively printed edition of Gray, with letterpress by the prestigious Chiswick Press; a beautifully bound copy. Read more

  27. Posthumous Poems.

    Posthumous Poems. 1824

    £1,750

    First edition, 500 copies were printed, and published by John and Henry Leigh Hunt. “Posthumous Poems, which included those inspired by Claire, Emilia Viviani, Sophia Stacey and Jane Williams, their identities discreetly masked by asterisks and initials, was published in an edition of five hundred …Read more

  28. An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Oeconomy:

    An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Oeconomy: 1767

    £17,500

    First edition of the masterpiece from this important proto-economist. “Sir James Steuart had the misfortune to be followed by Adam Smith in less than a decade. Otherwise [Steuart’s Inquiry] would probably have served as the standard English economic text” (Carpenter). Its later influence “proved to …Read more

  29. Webster’s Dictionary of Synonyms.

    Webster’s Dictionary of Synonyms. 1951

    £275

    An attractively bound copy. Read more

  30. A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,

    A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes, 1821

    £2,250

    First edition, with the plates watermarked 1818 and 1820 the text 1818, possibly one of 100 large-paper copies (similar to Abbey’s copy measuring 14 by 11 inches), from a total print-run of 850. “The book came out in twelve monthly parts … the final …Read more

  31. Poetical Works.

    Poetical Works. 1899

    £250

    Handsomely presented copy of Arnold’s complete poems, first published in 1890, this being the ninth impression. Winchester College book-plate awarding a 1920 Vere Herbert Smith History prize to Charles Chichele Oman to the front pastedown, his daughter, Julia Trevelyan Oman’s bookplate to the front free. …Read more

  32. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. 1962

    £300

    First trade edition, handsomely bound. Originally published in 1934 by the Limited Editions Club. Read more

  33. The Island Race.

    The Island Race. 1964

    £1,500

    First edition thus; superbly bound. This Island Race is an abridgement, by Timothy Baker, of the four volumes of Churchill’s History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Read more

  34. Modern Development of the Dry Fly,

    Modern Development of the Dry Fly, [1910]

    £4,500

    Limited deluxe edition, number 44 of 75 copies signed by the author, Volume 2 comprising The Halford Dry Fly Patterns, with 33 actual specimens of dry flies in 9 sunken mounts. Read more

  35. The Poetical Works.

    The Poetical Works. 1905

    £225

    First edition thus, the scarce first complete copyright text in one volume of Hartley Coleridge’s edited poetical works of Byron, handsomely bound by Riviere. Coleridge (who was Samuel Taylor’s grandson, and the son of Derwent Coleridge), notes in his Preface that the text was based …Read more

  36. The Plays.

    The Plays. 1807

    £4,750

    First Heath edition in book form. originally issued in parts by Robinson between 1802 and 1804. The London-born son of a bookbinder, James Heath (1757-1834) became one of the most widely-employed engravers of the age, producing illustrations for such celebrated works as Lavater’s Essays on …Read more

  37. Life in London;

    Life in London; 1822

    £850

    Second edition, following the first of 1821, originally published in 56 parts. Handsomely presented copy of Egan’s perennial classic of London Life in the late Regency. Originally a jobbing compositor and occasional journalist, Egan became known as the voice of ‘the Fancy’, the sporting set …Read more

  38. Selected Poems.

    Selected Poems. 1898

    £200

    A very attractively bound copy of Arnold’s selected poems, including Dover Beach and The Scholar Gipsy. Read more

  39. White Hyacinths.

    White Hyacinths. 1907

    £750

    First edition, first printing, number 179 of 207 copies, signed by Hubbard on the limitation leaf, and printed on japon. With the very scarce original box. The epigraph, and by extension the title, is taken from the famous saying of Mohammed, “If I had but …Read more

  40. A Summary of the Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington,

    A Summary of the Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington, 1816

    £4,750

    First and only edition of this uncommon Southey title – only 6 locations on Copac, and a just a single copy recorded at auction – here offered a large paper copy in a handsome, and highly appropriate Regency morocco presentation binding. This was a …Read more

  41. The Writings.

    The Writings. [c.1905]

    £12,500

    Author’s Autograph Edition. Number 9 of 63 sets with a manuscript page bound into one volume. This set includes a page from the author’s corrected draft for chapter 3 of “Oak Openings”, tipped in onto one of the prelims of The Spy. Read more

  42. Charles Dickens.

    Charles Dickens. [1870]

    £325

    First edition of this essay on “the genius and character of Charles Dickens” (Preface) by one of the author’s most illustrious and troublesome protégés, the text greatly expanded from a notice originally published in the Daily Telegraph the day after Dickens’s death in 1870. Scala …Read more

  43. The Holy Bible.

    The Holy Bible. 1911

    £1,250

    A splendidly bound and illustrated Bible. The appealing plates are mostly signed by either John Fulleylove (1845-1908), who “exhibited drawings of the Holy Land in 1902” (ODNB), or by R. Talbot Kelly (1861-1934) with the date 1896 or 1902, this last being the year that …Read more

  44. The Poems.

    The Poems. 1925

    £300

    First Florence Press edition, deluxe issue, much less commonly met with than the standard cloth issue. An attractive example of book design and presswork. Read more

  45. Memoirs of Lady Hamilton.

    Memoirs of Lady Hamilton. 1815

    £575

    First edition of this “scurrilous” (ODNB) anonymous biography of Lady Emma Hamilton, who is best remembered as the mistress of Lord Nelson (publisher’s note mentions the incorporation of corrections into later printings). Published the year of her death and many times reprinted and, the Memoirs …Read more

  46. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. From the Year 1793 to 1817.

    The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. From the Year 1793 to 1817. [after 1817]

    £9,750

    First edition, early issue, of this magnificent publication, the apogee of the coloured aquatint, illustrating the high-water mark of Britain’s maritime hegemony. “As a record of naval events spanning a period of over twenty years [it] has no precedent. At no time prior to 1817 …Read more

  47. The Institute of Actuaries 1848-1948.

    The Institute of Actuaries 1848-1948. 1948

    £225

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, and finely bound by A. P. Gray & Son, Cambridge. The author Reginald Claud Simmonds (1888-1969) had been President of the Institute of Actuaries 1944-1946. Read more

  48. A Collection of English Verse. Chiefly Lyrical.

    A Collection of English Verse. Chiefly Lyrical. 1894

    £500

    First edition, sole printing, of this rare privately printed anthology of English lyrical verse, printed on japon and handsomely bound. Only one copy is recorded in any library worldwide, at the Yale University Library (who give Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor as the unnamed private press …Read more

  1. The Laws Concerning the Poor.
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    (POOR LAWS.) (POOR LAWS.)

    The Laws Concerning the Poor.

    £1,100

  2. New Arrival
    [French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique,
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    [SEXBY, Edward; Jacques Carpentier de Marigny;... [SEXBY, Edward; Jacques...

    [French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique,

    £1,500

  3. New Arrival
    Mary Poppins.
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    TRAVERS, P. L. TRAVERS, P. L.

    Mary Poppins.

    £2,250

  4. New Arrival
    Characters of Shakespear’s Plays.
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    HAZLITT, William. HAZLITT, William.

    Characters of Shakespear’s Plays.

    £500

  5. New Arrival
    The Theory of Moral Sentiments;
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    SMITH, Adam. SMITH, Adam.

    The Theory of Moral Sentiments;

    £1,750

  6. New Arrival
    The Complete Poetical Works.
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    WORDSWORTH, William. WORDSWORTH, William.

    The Complete Poetical Works.

    £250

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    Maud, and other poems.
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    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord.

    Maud, and other poems.

    £200

  11. New Arrival
    The Poetical Works.
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    SCOTT, Sir Walter. SCOTT, Sir Walter.

    The Poetical Works.

    £600

  12. New Arrival
    The Travels of Marco Polo.
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    MARCO POLO. MARCO POLO.

    The Travels of Marco Polo.

    £185

  13. New Arrival
    P. Virgilii Maronis Opera.
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    VIRGIL. VIRGIL.

    P. Virgilii Maronis Opera.

    £750

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  16. Poems; In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; and The Princess.
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    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord.

    Poems; In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; and The Princess.

    £750

  17. The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.
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    SHAKESPEARE, William. SHAKESPEARE, William.

    The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    £1,750

  18. The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.
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    TYAS, Robert. TYAS, Robert.

    The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.

    £950

  19. Greece: Pictorial, Descriptive, & Historical.
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    WORDSWORTH, Christopher. WORDSWORTH, Christopher.

    Greece: Pictorial, Descriptive, & Historical.

    £750

  20. Joseph Conrad: Life and Letters.
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    (CONRAD.) JEAN-AUBRY, Georges. (CONRAD.) JEAN-AUBRY, Georges.

    Joseph Conrad: Life and Letters.

    £450

  21. Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert.
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    LANGDALE, Charles. LANGDALE, Charles.

    Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert.

    £450

  22. Japan: a Record in Colour.
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    MENPES, Mortimer & Dorothy. MENPES, Mortimer &...

    Japan: a Record in Colour.

    £750

  23. Poems and Letters.
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    GRAY, Thomas. GRAY, Thomas.

    Poems and Letters.

    £500

  24. An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Oeconomy:
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    STEUART, Sir James. STEUART, Sir James.

    An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Oeconomy:

    £17,500

  25. Webster’s Dictionary of Synonyms.
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    (DICTIONARY.) (DICTIONARY.)

    Webster’s Dictionary of Synonyms.

    £275

  26. A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,
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    FIELDING, T. H., & J. Walton. FIELDING, T. H.,...

    A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,

    £2,250

  27. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
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    BURTON, Richard F. BURTON, Richard F.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.

    £300

  28. Modern Development of the Dry Fly,
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    HALFORD, Frederick. HALFORD, Frederick.

    Modern Development of the Dry Fly,

    £4,500

  29. The Poetical Works.
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    BYRON, Lord. BYRON, Lord.

    The Poetical Works.

    £225

  30. Selected Poems.
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    ARNOLD, Matthew. ARNOLD, Matthew.

    Selected Poems.

    £200

  31. White Hyacinths.
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    HUBBARD, Elbert. HUBBARD, Elbert.

    White Hyacinths.

    £750

  32. A Summary of the Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington,
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    [SOUTHEY, Robert.] [SOUTHEY, Robert.]

    A Summary of the Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington,

    £4,750

  33. The Poems.
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    MILTON, John. MILTON, John.

    The Poems.

    £300

  34. Memoirs of Lady Hamilton.
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    (NELSON.) (NELSON.)

    Memoirs of Lady Hamilton.

    £575

  35. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. From the Year 1793 to 1817.
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    JENKINS, James. JENKINS, James.

    The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. From the Year 1793 to 1817.

    £9,750

  36. The Institute of Actuaries 1848-1948.
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    SIMMONDS, Reginald Claud. SIMMONDS, Reginald Claud.

    The Institute of Actuaries 1848-1948.

    £225

  37. A Collection of English Verse. Chiefly Lyrical.
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    (POETRY.) (POETRY.)

    A Collection of English Verse. Chiefly Lyrical.

    £500

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