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  1. Exposé d'un Moyen de Définir et de Nommer les Couleurs
    CHEVREUL, Michel Eugène. Exposé d'un Moyen de Définir et de Nommer les Couleurs

    Paris : 1861

    First edition of the Atlas volume of Chevreul's pioneering treatise on colour theory, which was intended for artists as much as scientists, and which came to influence the Impressionists and Pointillists; retaining the original binding, and scarce thus.

    Chevreul's "colour studies made him one of the most influential scientists of the nineteenth... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143524

  2. The Compleat Angler, or The Contemplative Man's Recreation.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); WALTON, Izaak. The Compleat Angler, or The Contemplative Man's Recreation.

    London : 1931

    Signed limited edition, special issue, number 2 of 14 copies for presentation issued with an original signed pen-and-ink and watercolour sketch by Rackham, here depicting Izaak Walton being served a fish on a plate, and in a specially commissioned luxury binding decorated in gilt with tools designed by the artist. The signed edition was limited to 775... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142427

  3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    London : [1907]

    Limited edition of 1,130 copies. Unusually, Rackham did not sign this limited edition, as he was out of the country while it was in preparation. Learn More

    Stock Code: 107351

  4. Red Magic.
    NIELSEN, Kay (illus.); WILSON, Romer, ed. Red Magic.

    London : 1930

    First edition, first impression - preceding the first US edition by a year - of the final work that Nielsen was to fully illustrate, in the very uncommon dust jacket. Red Magic is the last in a series of three collections of fairy tales arranged by Florence Wilson, using her pseudonym Romer Wilson. Learn More

    Stock Code: 143244

  5. Walden
    THOREAU, Henry David. Walden

    London : 1927

    Signed limited edition, number 52 of 100 copies numbered and signed by the artist, each printed on English handmade paper, with the plates on Japanese vellum, each with an additional woodcut signed by Daglish (in the present copy laid in opposite 198, the facing page captioned "There, too, the turtle-doves sat"). Learn More

    Stock Code: 138573

  6. The Rivers and Lakes of Scripture.
    TWEEDIE, W. K., Rev. The Rivers and Lakes of Scripture.

    London : 1857

    First edition of this delightful and uncommon book, presented here in a remarkably bright example of the most attractive original cloth binding. The majority of views are of Jordan, but there are also landscapes in Syria, and near the Tigris and Euphrates. This is a fine example of Victorian book production, included by Bamber Gascoigne in his Milestones... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144152

  7. Mémoires de la Régence de S. A. R. Mgr. le duc d'Orléans, durant la minorité de Louis XV, Roi de France.
    LAW, John; PIOSSENS, Chevalier de. Mémoires de la Régence de S. A. R. Mgr. le duc d'Orléans, durant la minorité de Louis XV, Roi de France.

    Amsterdam : 1729

    First edition of a history of the regency in France during the minority of Louis XV, charting all the political and financial upheavals of the duc d'Orléans regency, with much information on John Law and his system between 1715 and 1723. It was published simultaneously at The Hague.

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    Stock Code: 140575

  8. 143980
    RADCLYFFE, Charles W. Memorials of Shrewsbury School

    Shrewsbury : 1843

    First edition of this handsome depiction of Shrewsbury School in the early Victorian period, here a presentation copy from the publishers to a contributor, with a presentation letter mounted to front free endpaper: "Messrs Sandford & Howell beg to thank Mr. Pagett (?) for the kind assistance, which in conjunction with Dr. Kennedy (?), he has rendered... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143980

  9. Douze eaux-fortes.
    DEVAMBEZ, André. Douze eaux-fortes.

    Paris : 1915

    First and sole edition, number 116 of 150 copies only, title page and each plate signed and numbered in pencil by the artist. Inevitably highly uncommon, this quite superb suite of plates can trace its lineage to those more famous series on a similar theme by Jacques Callot and Goya.

    André Devambez (1867-1944) originally studied with his father... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142725

  10. Treasure Island.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis; STEADMAN, Ralph (illus.) Treasure Island.

    London : 1985

    First Steadman edition, deluxe limited issue, number 182 of 250 copies. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141911

  11. Grimm's Fairy Tales.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, The Brothers. Grimm's Fairy Tales.

    London : 1973

    First edition thus, handsomely bound. Grimm's fairy tales were first accompanied by Rackham's illustrations in 1900. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140364

  12. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.
    RACKHAM, Arthur. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.

    London : 1971

    Finely bound reissue of the Rackham Mother Goose, originally published in 1913. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140365

  13. Cinderella.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); EVANS, C. S. Cinderella.

    London : 1972

    Handsomely bound reprint of the Rackham edition of Cinderella which was first published in 1919.

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    Stock Code: 140362

  14. Sleeping Beauty.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); EVANS, C. S. Sleeping Beauty.

    London : 1972

    Handsomely bound copy of this reprint of the Rackham edition, first published in 1920.

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    Stock Code: 140363

  15. The Life and Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha.
    CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. The Life and Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha.

    London : 1820

    First Westall-illustrated edition. Richard Westall (1765-1836) was "a significant and innovative figure in the development of the English watercolour, his elegant and precise book illustrations set new standards in that field, and his portraits and historical and religious paintings have deservedly received more scholarly attention recently than hitherto"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140103

  16. The Wind in the Willows.
    GRAHAME, Kenneth; PAYNE, Wyndham (illus.) The Wind in the Willows.

    London : 1927

    First Wyndham Payne edition, first impression. The Wind in the Willows was only published with a frontispiece when it first appeared in 1908. Wyndham Payne is the first British illustrator of this work, preceding E. H. Shepard by four years. "Payne's contribution was to place the characters in unmistakably English countryside. His inspired conception... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137879

  17. The Chronicles of Robin Hood.
    SUTCLIFF, Rosemary. The Chronicles of Robin Hood.

    Oxford : 1950

    First edition, first impression, of the author's first published book.

    Rosemary Sutcliff (19201992) was an English novelist best known for children's books, especially historical fiction and retellings of myths and legends. She spent most of her life in a wheelchair, and "most of Sutcliff's intellectual stimulus had come from books read aloud... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135706

  18. The End of Elfintown.
    BARLOW, Jane. The End of Elfintown.

    London : 1894

    First edition of this interesting contribution to Victorian fairy literature by Irish-born poet and writer Jane Barlow (1857-1917).

    It is exquisitely illustrated in a Pre-Raphaelite style by Laurence Housman (1865-1959), who also designed the art nouveau cover. Barlow was close friends with fellow Irish poets Katherine Tynan and William Butler... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135808

  19. The Sensitive Plant.
    ROBINSON, Charles (illus.); SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Sensitive Plant.

    London : [1911]

    First Robinson edition, deluxe issue in vellum, retaining the rare dust jacket. Learn More

    Stock Code: 144323

  20. Fables.
    BLAKE, William (engr.); GAY, John. Fables.

    London : 1793

    First edition thus, large paper copy, with 12 plates engraved by William Blake, based largely on designs from earlier editions, particularly those of John Wootton and William Kent for the first edition of 1727. Keynes notes that the first Blake plate, "The Shepherd and the Philosopher", is the most characteristically Blakean of the illustrations.

    Gay's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143914

  21. Journal of a Visit to South Africa, in 1815, and 1816.
    LATROBE, Christian Ignatius. Journal of a Visit to South Africa, in 1815, and 1816.

    London : 1818

    First edition. Latrobe's account - characteristic of the man, "devout, but most companionable, and energetic in mind and body" - is much enhanced by the superbly coloured plates after sketches by the author himself and John Melville, Government Surveyor of the Cape, who accompanied him.

    Latrobe was sent out to South Africa in response to the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143506

  22. Americans.
    GIBSON, Charles Dana. Americans.

    New York : 1902

    Early printing, following the first of 1900; a collection of Gibson's satirical yet elegant drawings of high class American life, with several drawings representing the attractive, well-dressed, and independent ladies since called the "Gibson Girl".

    "One of the best and most influential illustrators of American life, Gibson's drawings helped... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144020

  23. Mummy's Bedtime Story Book.
    KING, Jessie Marion (illus.); GEMMELL, Marion. Mummy's Bedtime Story Book.

    London : [1929]

    First edition, first impression. Marion Gemmell has only recently been acknowledged as an author, since for many years the identity of "Marion" was assumed to be the illustrator herself, Jessie Marion King. It is only quite recently that the descendants of Mrs Alexander (Marion) Gemmell have affirmed her as the author (B199, Colin White bibliography).... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144314

  24. A House of Pomegranates.
    WILDE, Oscar. A House of Pomegranates.

    London : 1891

    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies. A House of Pomegranates contains "more ornate fairy-stories than the Happy Prince collection and more directly socialist" (ODNB). This edition is richly illustrated by the noted and prolific art nouveau designers Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon. This copy features notably well-defined examples... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143979

  25. The English Dance of Death.
    ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illus.); COMBE, William (text). The English Dance of Death.

    London : 1815-1816

    First edition, and a particularly nice example; "indispensable to any Rowlandson collection, one of the essential pivots of any colour plate library" (Tooley). The book was originally published in 24 monthly numbers and on completion issued in two volumes in boards. This copy is an example of the remainder binding, matching the Abbey copy, which they... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143969

  26. The West Indies.
    HENDERSON, John. The West Indies.

    London : 1905

    First edition of this volume in the always appealing A. & C. Black Colour Series, largely concerning Jamaica. The superb illustrations are by Archibald Stevenson Forrest, who contributed to a number of the series. Learn More

    Stock Code: 143940

  27. The Voice of the City and Other Stories.
    GROSZ, George (illus.); HENRY, O. The Voice of the City and Other Stories.

    New York : 1935

    Signed limited edition, number 704 of 1,500 copies signed by the illustrator George Grosz. A collection of 20 of Henry's short stories, including "A Retrieved Reformation", "The Gift of the Magi", and "The Ransom of Red Chief", handsomely produced by the Limited Editions Club. Learn More

    Stock Code: 143941

  28. The Poetical Works.
    DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1806

    First edition of this posthumous collection placing Darwin's exuberant and eccentric inquiry into the Linnaean system in rhyming couplets alongside his poetic speculations on evolution, the whole much enlivened by numerous plates including a number by Blake and Fuseli. A wide-margined, ?large paper copy in a handsome Regency binding from the library... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141677

  29. Director's Manual:
    DISNEY, Walt. Director's Manual:

    California : 1936

    A collection of 13 mimeographed manuscripts giving a fascinating insight into Disney's internal training program for the animators.

    The collection comprises: two lectures by Don Graham discussing general animation theory and practice; a bulletin discussing "How to Catch, Build and Maintain the Interest of the Spectator in the Picture"; character... Learn More

    Stock Code: 118414

  30. 144010
    BENNETT, Charles H. Shadows.

    London : [1856?]

    First edition, by the pioneering Victorian comic illustrator Charles H. Bennett, part of his Shadows series, depicting people in innocuous activities casting humorous shadows behind them. Learn More

    Stock Code: 144010

  31. The Life of Mohammad The Prophet of Allah.
    DINET, Alphonse-Étienne, & Sliman Ben Ibrahim. The Life of Mohammad The Prophet of Allah.

    Paris : 1918

    Limited edition of 875 numbered copies of which this number 74. Alphonse-Étienne Dinet (1861-1929), a French-born and Paris-trained painter, lived and worked for almost fifty years in Algeria. His conversion to Islam in 1908 was made formal in 1913. This is one of many collaborative works he produced with Sliman Ben Ibrahim, who originally served as... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136218

  32. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    BALFOUR, Ronald (illus.) Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    London : 1920

    Signed limited edition, number 22 of 100 copies signed by the artist. This is one of the most striking editions of the Rubáiyát, the illustrations by the little-known Ronald Balfour (1896-1941) combining the eroticism and grotesquerie of Beardsley with elements of Kay Nielsen and art deco to give a flamboyant Jazz Age rendering. Learn More

    Stock Code: 121584

  33. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); IRVING, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

    Philadelphia : 1928.

    Limited edition, one of 125 copies issued for the US, this copy out of series (there were also 250 issued for the UK). Learn More

    Stock Code: 77874

  34. Lyrics Pathetic & Humorous from A to Z.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.) Lyrics Pathetic & Humorous from A to Z.

    London : 1908

    First edition of this humorously poetic alphabet. Learn More

    Stock Code: 66581

  35. The Arabian Nights.
    DETMOLD, E. J. (illus.) The Arabian Nights.

    London : [1924]

    Signed limited edition, number 99 of 100 copies only signed by the artist. "On the strength of The Arabian Nights, Detmold could have become one of the greatest illustrators of fantasy and fairy stories" (Richard Dalby, The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration, pp. 98). Learn More

    Stock Code: 30661

  36. An Angler's Anthology.
    AUSTIN, Alexander Berry (ed.) An Angler's Anthology.

    London & New York : 1930

    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue with an original etching numbered and signed by the artist, number 7 of 100 copies signed by both Austin and Wilkinson on the limitation page. Uncommon, especially in the original box.

    Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971) was a British artist and marine painter. Also an illustrator, poster artist, and wartime... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140837

  37. The Wind in the Willows.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.

    New York : 1940

    First Rackham trade edition, first printing. "This edition is the first appearance of the 14 line drawings, which were not included in the limited edition designed by Bruce Rogers for the Limited Editions Club and published the same year" (Riall). Learn More

    Stock Code: 143693

  38. The Language of Flowers.
    ILDREWE, Miss (ed.) The Language of Flowers.

    Boston : 1865

    First edition of this significant American botanical compendium, complete with the 12 colour plates and in the bright, decorative original cloth. Miss Ildrewe champions the significance of her native flora, an effort which was applauded by contemporary reviewers: "this pretty gift-book is the first really American contribution to the language of flowers"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143182

  39. The Life and Epistles of St. Paul.
    DULEEP SINGH - CONYBEARE, W. J., & J. S. Howson. The Life and Epistles of St. Paul.

    London : 1855

    Inscribed on the first blank of volume I; "To the Revd. G. J. Colinson sic with the best wishes of Duleep Singh, Roehampton June 18 1856". This suitably soberly bound set of an early edition of a handsomely illustrated popular biographical study of the Apostle, perhaps the greatest Christian conversion narrative, may seem an apposite choice for this... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142745

  40. De voornaamste Gevallen van den wonderlyken Don Quichot,
    CERVANTES, Miguel de; Jacob Campo Weyerman (trans.) De voornaamste Gevallen van den wonderlyken Don Quichot,

    The Hague : 1746

    An extraordinary example of one of the most significant illustrated Cervantes editions of the 18th century; a fine, large paper copy of the lavish 1746 Hague edition of Don Quixote, each of the 31 copperplates here beautifully illuminated by a contemporary hand and heightened with gold, presented in an elaborately worked Dutch binding.

    The grand... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137295

  41. Theatrum Machinarum Universale;
    VAN DER HORST, Tileman, & Jacob Polley (part II). Theatrum Machinarum Universale;

    Amsterdam : 1757 [part II dated 1737]

    A handsome publication illustrating the technology behind the Dutch waterways, their canals, windmills, bridges and boats. The first part was first issued in 1736, the second in 1737, here a secondary issue with a title page of 1757 (the second part keeping a date of 1737), presented in the original trade binding of quarter sheep. Learn More

    Stock Code: 143528

  42. Jones of Colorado.
    STEADMAN, Ralph. Jones of Colorado.

    London : 1995

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 143487

  43. 143471
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol.

    London : 1915

    First Rackham trade edition, first issue with the mounted frontispiece and the date printed on the verso of the title page. Scarce with the dust jacket. Learn More

    Stock Code: 143471

  44. 143434comp
    STEADMAN, Ralph. Between the Eyes.

    London : 1984

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the artist on the title page: "For Tom, from Ralph Steadman" together with a drawing. Learn More

    Stock Code: 143434

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

    London : 1821

    First edition, possibly one of 100 large-paper copies (similar to Abbey's copy measuring 14 by 11 inches) from a total print-run of 850, originally issued in 12 monthly parts; all watermarks pre-publication (the plates 1818 and 1820, the text 1818).

    Ackermann's intention was to combine the "most striking features of the various kinds of scenery... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143350

  46. The Chinese Siamese Cat.
    TAN, Amy. The Chinese Siamese Cat.

    New York : 1994

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author 'For Marliee Mao' with an original ink illustration of a cat, also signed by the illustrator on title page. Learn More

    Stock Code: 143395

  47. Piper's Places. John Piper in England & Wales.
    PIPER, John, & Richard Ingrams. Piper's Places. John Piper in England & Wales.

    London : 1983

    First edition, first impression. Signed by John Piper and Richard Ingrams on the title page. Learn More

    Stock Code: 143403

  48. Fairy Tales.
    WAIN, Louis; FLOYD, Grace C. (adapt.) Fairy Tales.

    New York : [c.1900]

    First edition, first printing. A scarce title, especially so in such good condition. Learn More

    Stock Code: 143347

  49. Peter Pan of Kensington Gardens.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan of Kensington Gardens.

    London : 1906

    Signed limited edition, number 336 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator; this additionally a presentation copy to Barrie's close friend and future literary agent, Golding Bright, inscribed by J. M. Barrie on the half-title, "Golding Bright, with a friend's greeting J. M. Barrie".

    Golding Bright and his elder brother Addison Bright both worked... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143331

  50. Livre de Madame.
    BARBIER, George (illus.) Livre de Madame.

    Paris : 1918

    First edition, first printing, of this rare lady's almanac, issued for the first American department store: Wanamaker's, and illustrated by George Barbier (1882-1932), a painter and artist who produced many illustrations for fashion and theatre costumes and set. Uncommon, the only copy listed institutionally is located by World Cat at the Morgan Library... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141690

  51. Original artwork for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
    DAHL, Roald; JAQUES, Faith (illus.) Original artwork for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    London : [c.1973]

    Original cover artwork, signed by the artist on the verso, for the first paperback edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, annotated with printing details to the margins and depicting Willy Wonka, Charlie and the other Golden Ticket-winners gathered around the Everlasting Gobstopper Machine. Original artwork for Roald Dahl's books is rare, and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142906

  52. Opera.
    HORACE. Opera.

    London : 1733-37 [i.e. 1757]

    First edition of Pine's Horace, second printing of 1757 from the same plates. A tour-de-force of bookmaking, Pine's Horace is entirely engraved, both text and illustration, and liberally supplied with initials, head- and tailpieces and vignettes. "Pine's complete command of his craft makes this the most elegant of English eighteenth-century books in... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142441

  53. The Aran Islands.
    YEATS, Jack B. (illus.); SYNGE, John Millington. The Aran Islands.

    Dublin & London : 1907

    Signed limited edition, number 18 of 100 large paper copies signed by Synge and Yeats, and with plates hand-coloured by the artist. This book, based on the author's annual visits to the islands prompted by W. B. Yeats, would become the "the great prose manifesto of the Irish literary revival" (ODNB).

    From the Penzance Library, the only independent... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142885

  54. The Aran Islands.
    YEATS. Jack B. (illus.); SYNGE, John Millington. The Aran Islands.

    Dublin : 1907

    Signed limited edition, number 42 of 100 large paper copies signed by Synge and Yeats, and with plates hand-coloured by the artist. This book, based on the author's annual visits to the islands prompted by W. B. Yeats, would become the "the great prose manifesto of the Irish literary revival" (ODNB).

    Accompanying this copy is a loosely inserted... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142886

  55. A Display of Heraldrie:
    GUILLIM, John. A Display of Heraldrie:

    London : 1611

    First edition, second impression (with the 1611 title page and 1610 colophon), of John Guillim's (1550-1621) work on heraldry, which "was to remain the standard textbook on English heraldry until the second half of the eighteenth century, and it is still regularly used by working heralds in the twenty-first century" (ODNB). Learn More

    Stock Code: 141516

  56. Workes of Armorie,
    BOSSEWELL, John. Workes of Armorie,

    London : 1572

    First edition, contemporary hand-colouring throughout. The numerous woodcut crests and other illustrations throughout Bossewell's Armorie were published with the colours indicated by key letters ("V" for vert, green; "A" for argent, silver, etc). In this copy, all the crests, initials and illustrations have been finely illuminated throughout in colour... Learn More

    Stock Code: 83133

  57. Troisième Front.
    MESENS, Édouard Léon Théodore. Troisième Front.

    London : 1944

    First UK edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "A mon vieil ami Jacques Bernard Brunius, 'Nous avons mis vingt ans trente ans, A vivre avec ingénuité, Force et ingéniosité...' En toute affection, E. L. T. Mesens. 9 Avril 1944". This bilingual publication, with French and English facing texts, is number 8 of 500... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140447

  58. The Vicar of Wakefield.
    GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    London : 1903

    Deluxe edition, number 56 of 250 copies signed by the publisher, this copy in a striking and unusual arts and crafts binding, perhaps the work of the Guild of Women Binders, though unmarked, exhibiting their adventurous style. Goldsmith's masterpiece was first published in 1766. Learn More

    Stock Code: 139010

  59. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
    HAMMOND, Richard. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.

    [Ipswich : 1733

    A remarkable manuscript volume proudly detailing 84 varieties of carefully curated carnations accompanied by a number of reflective religious discourses. The unique work, which has been provided with a locally printed title page, contains 18 meticulously if naively hand-drawn and captioned illustrations depicting carnations, a campanula pyramidalis,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138840

  60. Germinal.
    PANKHURST, E. Sylvia. Germinal.

    London : 1923

    Very rare complete run of Sylvia Pankhurst's strikingly illustrated revolutionary socialist journal Germinal, a short-lived publication of which just two issues were printed. Just four institutions are recorded as having complete runs (none with single issues): Library Hub lists the British Library and the Institut national d'histoire de l'Art; WorldCat... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137508

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