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  1. 131043
    A striking example of Cummings's poetic artwork, unusually signed and located by him on the front, and notable for its dreamlike delineation and almost Fauvist colouring. The rustic tower depicted may be one of Brittany's many windmills.
    Cummings's daughter gave the entire contents of her father's art studio to Luethi-Peterson... Learn More
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  2. 132179comp
    A rare and perfectly dastardly presentation photograph of the poet, who has taken a print of him sitting by the fireside with his wife Caitlin, cut her out of it, and inscribed it on the verso to his previous lover, "For Emmy, from Dylan, this 1/2 a picture, January 1939". Caitlin was, that January, nine months pregnant... Learn More
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  3. 132178comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his mother in law Yvonne Macnamara on the front free endpaper, "for Yvonne, from Dylan, with love. January, 1947." Thomas and Caitlin lived with her mother, Yvonne, for much of the late 1930s. During this stay Thomas and Yvonne's relationship... Learn More
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  4. The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.
    First collected edition, one of 250 first issues sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the Chapman & Hall imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition of 1,060 sets printed at the Shakespeare Head Press. As a production, this collected edition is regarded as a marvellous piece of publishing (Yeats... Learn More
    £2,250

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  5. 133162
    "Une saison en enfer is an..."> Second edition, noted to be "rigourously consistent with that of the first edition," which was published in October 1873 in Brussels at the author's expense, thanks to an advance from his mother, and making it the sole work of poetry which publication was managed by Rimbaud himself.
    "Une saison en enfer is an... Learn More
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    Vigils

    [Bristol: May 1934

    First edition, number 241 of 272 copies signed on the limitation page, this an excellent poetic presentation copy additionally inscribed by Sassoon to Edith Sitwell on the first blank "Edith Sitwell from her friend S.S." and with a tipped-in presentation letter from Sassoon to Sitwell on Heytesbury House stationery, dated... Learn More
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  7. 133918
    A charming example of a Chivers binding, evidently commissioned as a third anniversary gift, making appropriate use of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's love sonnets, written in the first years of her falling in love with Robert Browning. They include the famous sonnet "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways", though in this... Learn More
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  8. 133839comp
    First edition, first issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to fellow poet Allen Upward (1863-1926) on the front free endpaper, "To Allen Upward from E. P. Sept 1913". Upward was an influential intellectual figure for Pound at this time, "Upward started Pound off in a new direction by putting him on to the Chinese... Learn More
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  9. 130660
    Original drawing by the author, a version of the same image that was used as the frontispiece to The Prophet. It is evidently an idealized portrait of Gibran himself. Several versions are known; this example was a gift to Barbara Young, his last companion and assistant, author of a biography of Gibran.
    Gibran (1883-1931)... Learn More
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  10. 132695comp
    First edition, presentation copy inscribed by Éluard "pour Rosamond ce livre où les yeux du peintre sont ouverts à chaque page et entre toutes les pages lignes, très affectueusement, Paul Eluard", presumably Rosamond Bernier (1906-2016) an American journalist, writer and art critic, often crowned "the world's most glamorous... Learn More
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    First edition thus, artist's copy number G of 15 copies on different types of paper reserved to the collaborators and signed by Chimot on the justification page.
    Édouard Chimot (1880-1959) was a French artist, illustrator and editor whose career reached its peak in the 1920s in Paris, through the publication of fine... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 132689

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    Provenance: ownership inscription to front free..."> First edition, first impression, number 207 of 280 copies printed on handmade paper and signed by the author. Patrick MacGill (1889-1963) was known as the "navvy poet", Soldier Songs "collected his war verse with a valuable preface on songs the soldiers made" (ODNB).

    Provenance: ownership inscription to front free... Learn More
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  13. 132191
    First edition in English, one of 750 copies printed, of which just 250 were released for sale, and now very scarce. Tagore's seminal collection of poems was first published in Bengali in 1910, however, it was the present work which caught the world's attention. With the support of W. B. Yeats, who provided the introduction,... Learn More
    £1,750

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  14. 133737
    First edition, scarce. This highly influential and comprehensive translation of Sappho notably restored the feminine pronouns to her work, and includes "a compilation of explanatory notes, various appendices, and a bibliography that lists editions, translations, and imitations if Sappho over the centuries" (Prins, p. 53).... Learn More
    £450

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  15. 133699
    First published edition, first printing, with the spelling "Lucien Carr" in the dedication, and the eighth line of the second paragraph on the rear cover beginning "Harlem". This copy is from the library of contemporary San Francisco poet Jean Mclean, with their calligraphic ownership inscription "Jean and Jo Mclean" to... Learn More
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    First edition, tête de tirage copy, number one of 30 printed on japon, specially bound in full vellum, and signed by the publisher T. Fisher Unwin, this being his own retained copy. Countess Kathleen was Yeats's second collection, and the first to include "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", perhaps his most famous poem.... Learn More
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  17. 131408
    Alice Boughton (1876-1945) in Photographing the Famous (New York, 1928) wrote "William B. Yeats... was twice photographed by me... He looked the part of the poet with flowing tie and the long lock of hair over the forehead. He seemed shy and diffident, and I found it somewhat difficult to hold his attention. Once Jack Yeats...... Learn More
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  18. 132709
    First edition, first printing on simili-Japon paper, of this collaboration between the artist and the poet, published less than a year after Paul Éluard (1895-1952) and his wife, Elena Daikonova (1894-1982, nicknamed Gala), visited German artist Max Ernst (1891-1976) at his home in Cologne, in November 1921. This edition... Learn More
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  19. 130714
    Deluxe edition, limited to 350 unnumbered copies only. Rubáiyáts with Brangwyn's illustrations were published from 1906 onwards; this edition, the most comprehensive and elaborate, includes seven illustrations by the artist hitherto unpublished. Learn More
    £375

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  20. 133558comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number five of ten author's proofs, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total run of 100 copies, of which 60 were for sale. This copy has an additional inscription by Heaney quoting from his poem Fosterling, "Air to brighten, Time to be dazzled, and the heart to lighten",... Learn More
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    Poems.

    London: 1930

    Poems was printed in a run of 1,000 copies. In addition to his poetry, this work contains the play "Paid on Both Sides: A Charade", which is dedicated to Cecil Day-Lewis and was written..."> First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, "Wystan Hugh Auden", his printed name struck through. Poems was printed in a run of 1,000 copies. In addition to his poetry, this work contains the play "Paid on Both Sides: A Charade", which is dedicated to Cecil Day-Lewis and was written... Learn More
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    Two Poems.

    [Bryn Mawr, PA: 1934]

    First edition, first impression, signed by both Auden and the printer Frederic Prokosch, out of series from a stated edition of 22 copies, this with the printed statement on the limitation page "special copy on lemon vellum" (being printed on yellow japon); this format unknown to Auden's bibliographers Bloomfield and Mendelson,... Learn More
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  23. 132221
    First edition, first impression, of C. S. Lewis's rare first book, a collection of war poetry with a Miltonic twist. This poetry collection, published when Lewis was only 20 years old, was inspired by his experiences in the trenches, but made complex by a superstructure of Christian faith with which the shocked, imaginative... Learn More
    £12,500

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  24. 129704
    First edition, first impression of the first issue of The Criterion, containing the first appearance in print of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, arguably the most significant poem of the 20th century. The poem was first published in book-form in December 1922 in New York. The journal, a notably international affair, also includes... Learn More
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  25. 130201
    First edition, first issue, Binding A, one of only 350 copies thus. This poetry collection was the first published book of Robert Frost. He was then nearing 40 and, although he had written much, had not found a conducive publisher in America. He had moved to London in 1912, hoping to find the scene more receptive to new... Learn More
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  26. 127527
    First edition, first issue, with the title page undated and not naming Bernard Quaritch as the publisher. Penzer believed that the entire first edition probably consisted of no more than 200 copies, most of which was intended for private distribution among Burton's friends, and that the first issue "was very small indeed".... Learn More
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  27. 126850
    First edition. Scarce, with only 11 locations on OCLC. A lavishly produced copy the first edition of these works by Suleyman Zati, clearly specially produced for presentation, since the printers have deliberately omitted the opening title device and a new design has been hand painted in its place. The attractive binding... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Eda, dear Eda, Nancy Cunard, Paris, June 1947". Below the inscription is a pasted in newspaper clipping of a photo of Cunard. The recipient was likely the novelist and friend of Cunard's Eda Lord (1907-1976). This... Learn More
    £275

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  29. 118428detail
    First Baskerville edition, finely printing the Latin text of Lucretius' radical work On the Nature of Things, a philosophical poem written to explain Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience in the 1st century bce. This copy, which is notably unrestored (surviving copies are usually heavily dilapidated or rebacked), has... Learn More
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  30. The Charge of the Light Brigade.
    First separate edition, extremely scarce in this format, one of 1,000 copies published for distribution to the troops in the Crimea, with a note in manuscript at the foot of the mount: "My father Col. Adolphus Burton C.B. was in the Charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava. G.D.B. his eldest daughter, Grace, whose married... Learn More
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  31. 132842
    First edition, sole impression, of this scarce anthology of German and Italian poetry translated into English by noted Victorian fantasy writer George MacDonald, including the Spiritual Songs of Novalis. Also presented are English renditions of Luther, Schiller, Goethe, Heine, Petrarch, Milton (from his Italian), and others.... Learn More
    £875

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  32. 132563
    First complete edition of this collection of contemporary German poetry, gathering 73 poems alongside 20 biographical accounts of the authors. A portion of the collection, translated by Benjamin Beresford, was published in 1801-1803 in Berlin; its popularity led to this expanded edition, with new translations by Joseph Charles... Learn More
    £450

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    First Zukofsky edition of Catullus, this the publisher's copy inscribed for him by the Zukofskys under their preface, "Tom Maschler's copy as ever, Celia Zukofsky, Louis Zukofsky in his hand, May 20, 1969". These translations are a significant feature of the experimental output of American poet Louis Zukofsky, who with his... Learn More
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  34. 131878comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Ole Tom, very gratefully, Derek, July '69". This was the copy of Tom Maschler, the publisher, with his Quentin Blake designed bookplate to front pastedown. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged... Learn More
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  35. 131990
    First edition printed with the types of Bodoni; first published in two parts at Naples in 1780-86. "A Neapolitan general, Vicenzo Imperiale... presents La Faoniade: Inni ed odi di Saffo as a translation of a previously unknown work by Sappho, newly discovered in true Ossianic fashion by 'the famous Russian scholar Ossur,'... Learn More
    £1,750

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  36. 132444
    First English edition, first issue, of Whitman's Leaves of Grass, here named Poems, which "gave Whitman his first British readership" (ODNB). Whitman made several revisions to the poems for this edition, and unusually allowed his work to be edited. However, the editor William Michael Rossetti felt that much of Whitman's... Learn More
    £875

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  37. 132455
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of Malaysian poetry, with the text printed in both the original language and English translations by the colonial police officer Arthur Wedderburn Hartwig "Haji" Hamilton (1887-1967), who arrived in Malaya in 1909 and joined the Malayan Police. He became fluent in Malay and... Learn More
    £250

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  38. 131730
    First edition, first printing, 4,282 copies were published. "Perhaps no one at home or in exile made claim to Pushkin's legacy more faithfully than Nabokov. Born one hundred years after Pushkin in 1899, Nabokov adopted him as his personal muse and never abandoned that calling. He took Pushkin as his fellow traveler on every... Learn More
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  39. 131642
    First illustrated edition, with Hanoverian provenance, from the library of Princess Augusta of Cambridge (1822-1916), granddaughter of George III and by marriage Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, with her crowned initials to covers, stamp to title page, and Christmas gift inscription (dated 1841) presenting the book... Learn More
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  40. 131820
    Second edition, substantially expanded and revised from the first of 1859. Five hundred copies of the second edition were printed, with Quaritch selling each at a price of 1s. 6d.; when a copy re-appeared in their catalogue in 1929, it had already reached a price of 52 10s. (Potter, p. 12). FitzGerald substantially revised... Learn More
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    First edition, hors commerce copy inscribed by Cocteau on the front wrapper, "Pour madame de Brontelle respectueux hommage Jean Cocteau". This was the author's first book, published when he was only 19 years old, a poetical collection inspired by the Mille et un nuits. "Cocteau's poetry was at one with his Parisian image... Learn More
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  42. 131281
    First edition, first impression, of Sackville-West's uncommon second published work. The eight poems collected in this work were written during Sackville-West's time in Constantinople from late 1913 until the summer of 1914 with her newly wedded husband Harold Nicolson, who was posted there as a junior diplomat. Learn More
    £400

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  43. 133537
    First Essex House Press edition, number 14 of 150 copies only, all printed on, and bound in, vellum. Goldsmith's poem, first published in 1770, is a pastoral elegy and political polemic which depicts an idealised, and supposedly lost, rural lifestyle. It is presented here as the twelfth work in the Essex House Press Great... Learn More
    £1,500

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  44. 132701
    First edition, first impression, of Kazantzakis's ambitious verse drama based on Homer's Odyssey. The first edition is institutionally rare, with OCLC showing only six locations. Learn More
    £850

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  45. 132707
    First appearance of the Futurist Manifesto in the author's own multilingual magazine (in Italian, French, and English), first issue bearing "Il Futurismo" on the cover, accompanied by an autograph letter from Marinetti to "a fellow writer" requesting that they send back their judgment of the manifesto and communicate their... Learn More
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  46. 132611
    Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English..."> First edition, presentation copy with a slip inscribed "Dall'Autore" pasted to the top corner of the title page, of this very scarce Italian translation of the final part of Spenser's Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English... Learn More
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  47. 132609
    First editions, all published, of this important but ill-fated Romantic periodical, conceived by Shelley, compiled by Byron and Leigh Hunt in Pisa after Shelley's death, and published by the Hunt brothers in London. It contains the first appearances of Byron's "Vision of Judgement" (satirizing Southey's own and incurring... Learn More
    £750

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  48. 132574
    First edition, first printing, Canadian issue published in 1905 using the sheets of the first edition published in Boston in 1904. The colophon on the title page verso restates the first edition's imprint, being one of 500 copies printed in 1903 "with the type distributed". Both the US and Canadian issues are scarce, the... Learn More
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  49. 132224comp
    First edition, very scarce presentation copy of this first publication by Lauro de Bosis (1901-1931), the anti-fascist Italian poet and translator who was killed defying Mussolini. The inscription, to the first blank, reads: "A Guido Ruberti devoto ommagio di Lauro de Bosis, Roma 8.vii 1924". Ruberti (1885-1955) was an Italian... Learn More
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  50. 132203comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 111 of 325 copies signed by the author, of which 300 were for sale. Heaney's translation of the epic poem Beowulf won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. The limited edition contains a facsimile of the opening page of the only surviving manuscript of Beowulf, which is currently... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 132203

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  51. 132198comp
    First edition, number 52 of 150 copies on folded hemp paper, signed by Levitt. This is the first Mandrill Press publication, which appears to have published only one other book: Flower-gazer: Japanese poems, printed in 1961.
    This publication, in the Japanese woodblock printing style, brings together Haiku poems... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 132198

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  52. 130878
    First edition with the unexpurgated original text, the second overall following a substantially censored first edition in 1915. Before the 1917 revolution Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) had been a "regular scandal-maker" (his own words) of the Futurist school, but by 1918 his revolutionary voice found endorsement in this... Learn More
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  53. 130403
    "Tagore's visit to Germany in June 1921 was a sensation,..."> Very attractive signed portrait of the great Bengali poet, playwright, philosopher and author, captured at the height of his fame, inscribed in ink on the mount "Rabindranath Tagore, June 17 1921"; also signed by the distinguished photographer Hanns Holdt (1880-1972).
    "Tagore's visit to Germany in June 1921 was a sensation,... Learn More
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  54. 133563
    An exceptional example of Ted Berrigan's scarce Postcard poems, more usually found with his own manuscript compositions, but here with a manuscript poem by Allen Ginsberg written out in his hand. The poem, beginning "A passport to the land of enchantment..." appears to be a satirical mediation on Hollywood, including mentions... Learn More
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  55. 133549
    First edition, first impression, an exceptional example of Hardy's first collection of verse in the dust jacket. Copies in jacket are of great rarity. We can trace only one having appeared at auction in the past 35 years, the Ronald Curry copy which sold at Freeman in 2013 for 8,000 hammer. Learn More
    £8,750

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  56. 133544
    First edition, sole impression, of Eliot's second book, this Ezra Pound's own copy with his blind-stamped address "5, Holland Place Chambers, Kensington. W." to front free endpaper, and a few manuscript annotations to his Bibliography at the rear, in particular adding "1918" to Pavannes and Divisions (crossing out "in preparation"),... Learn More
    £3,000

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    Night Drive.

    Bow, Crediton: 1970

    First edition, sole impression, number 10 of 100 copies printed, and one of 55 with a poem inscribed in full in the author's manuscript facing the half-title, each signed and dated on the colophon. The first three copies had all the poems in manuscript and were unbound, copies 4 to 55 were bound as here in "simulated pony-skin",... Learn More
    £5,750

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  58. 131709
    The third Wharton edition, with an additional preface, and the cloth design by Aubrey Beardsley. This highly influential and comprehensive translation of Sappho notably restored the feminine pronouns to her work, and includes "a compilation of explanatory notes, various appendices, and a bibliography that lists editions,... Learn More
    £175

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  59. 129439detail
    First edition of Mary Shelley's first book, a rare survival in the original publisher's boards. The History of a Six Weeks' Tour was put together by Mary while she and Percy were living at Marlowe, which is where she finished Frankenstein, which was published on 1 January 1818. It comprises Mary's eighty one page journal... Learn More
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  60. 132014
    First edition of this collaborative collection of poetry by Edith Emma Cooper and her aunt and sometime lover Katharine Harris Bradley, pseudonymously-published as Michael Field. This work "gathered together a vast wealth of poetry spanning a considerable time period" and "represents a poetic narrative on a grand scale,... Learn More
    £500

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