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Signed editions of rare books, including association copies, signed books, inscribed books, presentation copies, and signed limited editions.


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Showing items 181-240 of 1989

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  1. 127279comp
    First US edition, first printing, first state dust jacket without "year 2" on the spine panel. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 127279

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  2. 131128comp
    First gift edition, signed by both the author and illustrator on the title page, with an original small ink drawing of the mouse by Scheffler alongside his signature. The Gruffalo was first published in 1999 and won the Smarties Book Prize in the same year; copies of the first edition are notably scarce. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 131128

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  3. 131125comp
    First edition in English in book-form, signed limited issue, number 6 of 50 copies signed by the author and the translator, here additionally signed by the artist Hugo Manning. A further 250 unsigned copies were also issued. The English translation was first published in the New Yorker in 1971, and originally published in... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 131125

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  4. 131089comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by Matt Groening with an original sketch of Lisa on the front free endpaper verso. The Simpsons first appeared as a series of short films on The Tracey Ullman Show, the first of which was broadcast on 19 April 1987. After three seasons in that format The Simpsons was developed into a... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 131089

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  5. 130674comp
    First US edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mrs A. W. Fairbanks, Fair Banks, Cleveland, Ohio. With the love of her good & dutiful adopted son, The Author. Hartford, Dec. 20, 1881". A highly significant association copy; the recipient, Mary Mason Fairbanks (1828-1898), was... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 130674

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  6. 130173comp
    First edition thus. Presentation copy, inscribed in a secretarial hand to the front free endpaper, "Presented, with the sincere respect and esteem of the Author, to Mrs Moberly of Winchester, the very kind and valued friend of his departed sister Mary Lyell. Kinnordy, 23. July 1843". The recipient was Mary Ann Moberly (18121890)... Learn More
    £385

    Stock Code: 130173

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  7. 130958comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by Beaton on the front free endpaper, "Love to darling Winifred, Xmas 1939". The recipient was playwright and novelist, Winifred Ashton, who wrote under the pseudonym of Clemence Dane. This spoof autobiography is a satire of the world of the middle-European aristocrat, which even... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130958

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  8. 130933comp
    First edition in English, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on p. v, "Para Tom, de su amigo, Gabriel 82", with the Quentin Blake designed bookplate of publisher Tom Maschler loosely inserted. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing director in... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130933

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  9. 120914comp
    First edition, first printing (copyright page signed "A-K", later printings are signed "D-K"), presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To my old antagonist Senator Goldwater from his friend Bob Kennedy". This is a great cross-party association for Bobby Kennedy's first book, which concerns the McLellan Committee's... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 120914

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  10. 88394
    Churchill addresses his constituents in the run-up to the 1955 General Election, explaining that he "felt it his duty to resign his office as P.M. at a time and under conditions which would give whoever The Queen summoned to be my successor a fair chance of seeking a mandate from the country. This alone would give him the... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 88394

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  11. 52144comp
    First edition. This copy with the bookplate of Butler Place to the front pastedown, and the publishers' presentation inscription; "Mrs. Owen J. Wister with respects of the Publishers" to the first blank. As well as co-editing, Mrs Wister contributes a piece on Deborah Logan. Sarah Butler Wister was the eldest daughter of... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 52144

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  12. 63062comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Nash and Marjorie - with longtime appreciation and highest respects & best wishes, from Eudora, June 1978". Nash Burger was a high school classmate of Welty's who became an editor at the New York Times Book Review. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 63062

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  13. 130991comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy to Ted Sorensen, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "for Ted with the appreciation of his companion in many other battles Bob Kennedy". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes influence on American politics in the 1960s. He served as speechwriter... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 130991

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  14. 130980comp
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the publisher Tom Maschler on the front free endpaper: "most affectionately for Tom - Kurt Vonnegut Jr Oct. 26, 1967". Vonnegut travelled to Europe in October 1967 to revisit the places he saw in wartime. Tom Maschler (born 1933), head of the... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130980

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  15. 128480comp
    Very scarce inscribed copy of García Márquez's first book, ninth edition, inscribed on the half-title to Diego García Elío, the son of his close friends the writers María Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009) and Jomí García Elio (1927-1986), who were the dedicatees of Cien años de soledad. The inscription reads,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 128480

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  16. R is for Rocket [with] S is for Space.
    Limited editions, both titles one of 500 numbered trade hardcovers (291 and 406 respectively) from a total edition of 800, each copy additionally signed by Bradbury on the title page, and S is for Space also signed by Tim Powers, who wrote the introduction. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 114513

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  17. Half a Life.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed on the title page by Naipaul to the historian and auctioneer Anthony Hobson: "V. S. Naipaul, for Anthony, 24 October 2001." With Hobson's bookplate to front pastedown and a newspaper clipping from the Sunday Telegraph concerning Half a Life loosely inserted. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 102709

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  18. The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    Signed limited edition, number 574 of 750 copies printed for the UK and signed by the artist, specially bound and with an original etching opposite the title page, also signed by Pogány. A further 500 copies were printed for the US. Copies in the original box are scarce, with just one other traced at auction. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 99071

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  19. 130972comp
    Signed limited edition (stated "New Edition"), one of 1,500 unnumbered copies signed by the author at the end of the preface. The copy of Major Robert Gregory (1881-1918), about whose death in 1918 Yeats wrote one of his most quoted short poems, "An Irish Airman Foresees his Death", with his bookplate - which he designed... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 130972

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    Pursuit of Truth.

    Cambridge, MA, and London: 1990

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "for Gail and Tom with warm regards Van". Quine published Pursuit of Truth to sum up the epistemological framework which he had been developing for six decades. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 130926

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  21. 130914comp
    Signed limited edition, number 633 of 1,500 copies signed by the author. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 130914

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  22. 130909comp
    First UK edition with colour illustrations, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page, striking through his printed name and signing below, as was his usual method. Signed copies of Kipling's major works are notably scarce. Just So Stories was first published in 1902; Gleeson's illustrated edition was first... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 130909

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  23. 130875comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This copy is in the second state with the cancel half-title leaf with the series note corrected to "No. 24". Signed copies of this work are notably uncommon. By "shifting the focus of criticism from the author to the work and altering the centre of... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 130875

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    After Summer.

    Massachusetts: 1978

    First and signed limited edition. One of 250 copies signed by the author. After Summer contains two poems, Elegy and Leavings. Learn More
    £800

    Stock Code: 130877

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  25. 130739comp
    Presentation copy from Ornette Coleman to A&M Records President Gil Friesen, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "3/14/77, To Gil, The No Name or Number. Ways of Reading. Ornette Coleman". Gil Friesen (1937-2012) "achieved success in films and television but was best known for helping to establish A&M Records as an artists'... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 130739

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  26. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Philip, love Roald Dahl." Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 112959

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  27. 130306comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by Elinor Darwin on the front free endpaper: "For Margie & Edie with love from the author & artist. B.D. & Elinor. 1935". Bernard Darwin (18761961) was the grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin. He and his wife collaborated on their children's books, with... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 130306

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  28. 130163comp
    Signed limited edition, number 7 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 130163

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  29. 130162comp
    Signed limited edition, number 507 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130162

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  30. 130161comp
    Signed limited edition, number 149 of 350 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130161

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  31. 130104comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to the French novelist and playwright Georges Duhamel, inscribed by the author a month after publication on the front free endpaper: "à Monsieur Georges Duhamel en hommage à l'ecrivain et l'homme de la part de T. S. Eliot 8.4.54". Duhamel had served as a surgeon during... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130104

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  32. 130067
    First edition, presentation copy, with a lengthy inscription by Yeats (as both editor and contributor) to his close friend and literary collaborator Lady Augusta Gregory (1852-1932) on the front free endpaper, opposite her bookplate: "This book was the last act of the Rhymers Club - no there was a dinner afterwards - we... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 130067

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  33. 125897comp
    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn from Ted lots of love Dec 1972". The UK edition was first published in December 1969. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 125897

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  34. 130832comp
    First Bodoni edition, number 63 of 290 copies signed by the poet on the limitation leaf. A magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the twentieth century. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 130832

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  35. 129260
    First edition, first impression, of Lunn's anti-socialist study. Signed by the author on the title page. Arnold Lunn (1888-1974) was a skier and mountaineer, but his strong Catholicism and anti-socialist beliefs led him to contribute various writings opposing socialism from the 1930s onwards. Learn More
    £150

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  36. 130794comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Very much love & thanks Doris 8/5/73", with the Quentin Blake designed bookplate of publisher Tom Maschler to the front pastedown. Maschler joined Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960. He soon became a leading literary... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 130794

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  37. 129366comp
    First gift edition, signed by the author on the title page. The Gruffalo was first published in 1999 and won the Smarties Book Prize in the same year; copies of the first edition are notably scarce. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 129366

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  38. Fairy Tales.
    Signed limited edition, one of 525 numbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 85633

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  39. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph.
    One of the Cranwell or "Subscriber's" edition of 211 copies, this one of 170 "complete copies", inscribed by Lawrence on p. XIX "Complete copy. 1.XII.26 TES", with one manuscript correction to the illustration list, a "K" identifying Kennington rather than Roberts as the artist responsible for "The gad-fly". This copy is... Learn More
    £65,000

    Stock Code: 93169

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  40. 130703comp
    Signed limited edition, number 31 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. The present work gathers classic stories by Hans Christian Andersen, including the Snow Queen and the Tinder Box, all of which provide good subject matter for Kay Nielsen, one of the greatest illustrators of his time. Variant cover designs were issued,... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 130703

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  41. 122379
    First and only edition, scarce, "printed though not published for private circulation among the author's friends"; the clipped bookseller's catalogue description present here states that only 20 copies were printed, a number corroborated by University of California (Berkeley) and Bodleain; apart from these copies only... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 122379

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  42. 130719comp
    Signed limited edition, number 157 of 1,000 copies of the US issue signed by the artist. A further 1,000 signed copies were issued simultaneously in the UK. In a letter to Thomas Bodkin Clarke reported that his publisher regarded the illustrations in this work to be "full of stench and steaming horrors" (Bowe, p. 79). Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 130719

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  43. 130081
    The Bombay Edition, first issue one of the original 1,050 sets signed by the author on the half-title of Volume I. The Bombay edition was initially published in 25 volumes and limited to 1,050 copies. Kipling continued to write and the edition eventually grew to 31 volumes, with the later 6 volumes unsigned, and limited... Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 130081

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  44. 129332comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "With best wishes, Eric Newby, November 24th 1958". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed, as "Eirc" (dated 11 December 1958), from Newby to the recipient of the book Ross Higgins, and a newspaper clipping with a... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 129332

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  45. 128517comp
    Signed limited edition, number 62 of 500 copies signed by the artist. After the enormous success of the play Peter Pan, which opened on 27 December 1904 and broke all previous theatrical records, Barrie sanctioned this publication, in collaboration with Rackham as illustrator. The text was extracted, with minor revisions,... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 128517

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  46. 127364comp
    Signed limited edition, number 983 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist and released for sale in Great Britain and Ireland. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 127364

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  47. 130709comp
    First edition, first impression. Boldly inscribed by David Bailey on the front free endpaper: "To Iain Love DB". Chasing Rainbows is Robin Muir's richly illustrated account of Bailey's life and work. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 130709

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  48. 129557comp
    First and signed limited edition, number 51 of 500 copies signed by the artist. "The exotic stories he illustrated struck a new chord in Dulac. They allowed him to enlarge his skill at caricature, and at the same time to sharpen his miniaturist's technique and to develop his lyrical sense of tone and composition. The sources... Learn More
    £2,200

    Stock Code: 129557

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  49. 130656comp
    Signed limited issue, letter "F" of 26 lettered copies (with a further 100 numbered copies also issued), signed by Philip Larkin, Jenny Lewis, C. Day Lewis and T. C. Skeat on the limitation page. A further 2,000 unsigned trade copies were also published simultaneously. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130656

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  50. 130616comp
    Signed limited edition, number 232 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130616

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  51. 130609comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to Oswald Dickinson on front free endpaper, "Ozzie from Vita. Oct. 1937." Dickinson, widely known as "Ozzie", was close friend of both Lady Sackville, Vita's mother, and Harold Nicolson. He was the brother of Vita's companion and Virginia Woolf's... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130609

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  52. 130533comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the first blank, "To Silvia, with love and affection, from Edward - May 1931". Edward James (1907-1984) was an aristocratic arts patron and amateur poet. He was a passionate supporter of surrealism and sponsored Salvador Dalí for the whole of 1938.... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130533

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  53. 130597comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 195 of 324 copies signed by the author and specially bound. With the original purchase order loosely inserted, made out to the cricketer Greville Stevens (1901-1970). Learn More
    £5,500

    Stock Code: 130597

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  54. 130593comp
    First Canadian edition, signed by the author on the half-title. Loosely inserted is a leaflet for the signing at the 21st Annual International Festival of Authors in Toronto, and a signed certificate of authenticity from the administrative director confirming that the book was signed at the event. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130593

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  55. 130507comp
    Signed limited edition, number 65 of 125 copies signed by the author and artist, printed on japon, and with engraved chapter headings not featured in the trade issue. This poem, dedicated to her lover Dorothy Wellesley (1889-1956), was "an ambitious attempt to write a modern version of Virgil's Georgics by celebrating the... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130507

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  56. 130466comp
    First edition, first impression. A superb presentation copy from the author to his unrequited love Ralph Partridge, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Ralph from Lytton". Lytton Strachey and Ralph Partridge had a platonic, and possibly sexual, relationship, but the love was not returned on the latter's part. Strachey... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 130466

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  57. 130472comp
    First Tice edition, limited issue, number 150 of 250 copies on Pannekoek paper, bound in variously coloured morocco; this copy additionally signed by the artist on the limitation page, though uncalled for. A further 750 trade copies were also issued, bound in quarter cloth, with the plates uncoloured. Signed copies of the... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130472

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  58. 88362
    A fine correspondence revealing the typically tempestuous relationship, with hints of sadomasochism, between the young Fleming and his Austrian girlfriend, Edith Maria Thonet (née von Morpurgo) (1904-1988). Her father was the aristocratic Viennese architect, Robert Guido Elio Freiherr von Morpurgo (1872-1941); her mother... Learn More
    £32,500

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  59. 130425comp
    Signed limited edition, number 100 of 100 copies signed by Fred Perry, this copy additionally inscribed "A great history" by him. Perry was the winner of three consecutive championships at Wimbledon from 1934 to 1936. The book was produced to coincide with the centenary of the Lawn Tennis Championships. Rather appealingly,... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 130425

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  60. 126085comp
    First edition, first impression of Tares; first edition, fourth impression of Song. Presentation copies from Ted Hughes to Sylvia Plath, each inscribed respectively on the front free endpaper: "To Sylvia on her birthday, with love, from Ted, Oct 27th 1961" and "To Sylvia on her birthday, from Ted, with love, October 27th... Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 126085

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