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  1. A Trip through Italy, Sicily, Tunisia, Algeria and Southern France.
    First and only edition, inscribed by the author on the first blank: "To Dr Joseph Collins, with the compliments of the author, W. K. Vanderbilt. July 31st, 1923." William Kissam Vanderbilt II (1878-1944), a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family in the US, travelled extensively after serving with the United States Navy... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 96360

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  2. The Crimean Expedition, to the Capture of Sebastopol.
    First edition in English, same year as the first French. Bazancourt was appointed official historiographer by Napoleon III, and charged with the responsibility of producing a history of the French part in the war in the Crimea. He left in January 1855 and on his arrival "received, from the principal officers of the Army,... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 93112

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  3. 66701
    First and only edition of this uncommon collection of charts, including the first printed chart of Monaco, a large folding map of Marseilles, and accurate charts of most of the ports, harbours and bays of the region.
    Ayrouard's work forms a working "waggoner" for the coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage... Learn More
    £18,000

    Stock Code: 66701

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  4. Album of fourteen original watercolours taken on a trip from the Baltic to Russia and Persia.
    A excellent group of very well-executed, high quality amateur watercolour views by a mid-nineteenth-century English traveller to Russia, including an unusual series of views of the Volga cities - Nizhny Novgorod, Simbirsk, Samara and "Ouswan opposite Kazan on Volga" - Verkhny Uslon village, located directly opposite Kazan... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 100738

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  5. 65611
    Second edition in the same year as the first. In 1798, Holman, aged just 12, joined the Navy as a first class volunteer, and served until 1810, when he was invalided out with severe rheumatism, shortly afterwards becoming totally blind. He was made a naval knight of Windsor, but found the regime too restrictive and "managed... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 65611

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  6. 62698
    Second edition, first published 1809. An artistic prodigy, admitted to the Academy at the age of fifteen, Porter made his reputation as a painter of spectacular battle scenes and panoramas. In 1804 he was invited to Russia to join the tsar's court as historical painter, being employed in decorating Admiralty Hall, St Petersburg... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 62698

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  7. 116531
    Second edition of Southey's first book of prose, which first appeared in 1797. Southey sailed for Portugal at the invitation of his uncle in November 1795 following his estrangement from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and stayed until the following May. "He visited Madrid, but spent most of his time in and around Lisbon. He obtained... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 116531

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  8. i1
    An entertaining Grand Tour diary, chatty and discursive. John Horatio Nelson (1825-1917) was great-nephew of the hero of Trafalgar, the second son of Thomas Bolton, who changed his surname on becoming the 2nd Earl Nelson. Born at Brickworth House, Whiteparish, Wiltshire, he was educated at Eton and Harrow, and Trinity College,... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 114065

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  9. Travels through Spain, in the Years 1775 and 1776.
    First edition. Freed by a large inheritance in 1763, Swinburne spent much of his life in travelling. In the present work "an exact investigation of the soil, cultivation, government, commerce, and manners of Spain, was to be the grand primary object; but what I was more confident of my strength in, and what I own I found... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 113578

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  10. A Forced March from My Home in Old England to My Home in the Regiment.
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon: only the British Library and Princeton copies traced in institutional holdings world-wide, one copy found in auction records, in 1952. The author, an officer in the 14th Regiment of the Madras Native Infantry, was on leave in London when he was ordered to rejoin his regiment in... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 112178

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  11. The Praise of Paris:
    First edition. Weston (1747-1830) was an antiquarian and classical scholar who wrote some fifty books, including various editions of Persian poetry, commentaries on Shakespeare, and several studies of classical architecture; notably he produced the first English translation of the Rosetta Stone, presented verbally at a Society... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 111913

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  12. Sketches of Society and Manners in Portugal.
    First edition, with the undated title page and the preface dated London 1787. Costigan, described on the title page as "late captain of the Irish Brigade, in the service of Spain", was the pseudonym of Colonel Diogo Ferrier, who came from Porto and served as first commander and organizer of the Algarve Artillery Regiment,... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 111550

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  13. [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]
    An interesting sammelband of scarce travel narratives printed by the radical publisher and bookseller Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), including a rare collection of anonymous letters from William Parry's first arctic voyage, and the sole editions in English of Baron Hallberg's Reise durch Skandinavien (1818) and of Louis... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 112632

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  14. Narrative of a Campaign in the Crimea;
    First edition, uncommon in the original cloth, seven copies traced in British and Irish institutional libraries. "Peard (1829-1918), a lieutenant in the 20th Regiment of Foot, who had arrived at Evpatoriia on 14 September, was one of the first serving soldiers to publish an account of the war, after being invalided to Scutari... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 109720

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  15. 109144
    The Thirlwall's History was first published 1835-44 as part of Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopaedia. The "work entailed prodigious labour. At Cambridge, where the first volume was written, he used to work all day until half-past three, when he left his rooms for a rapid walk before dinner, at that time served in hall at four; in... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 109144

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  16. Versailles.
    First UK edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page, front paste down and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 108690

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  17. Splendours of Venice.
    First edition in English, first published in Italian the previous year. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 110785

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  18. The Lost British Policy.
    First and only edition, first impression, of Tuchman's first book, written while she was reporting on the Spanish Civil War for The Nation; today highly uncommon in commerce in this condition, and far from widespread institutionally, with just ten copies in libraries outside the United Kingdom, of which three in the US.... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 107553

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  19. Paris.
    First published in 1961; this copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "à Robert Kennedy Jr., en mémoire de son père et en souvenir d'amitié pour les Etats Unis, d'une petite fille française, Paris le 28 juin 1968"*, signed in a different hand "Isabelle Turpin de Grissé, 7 ans", and below the pencilled ownership inscription... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 107413

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  20. Red Virtue.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "So have I, and it still does. Ella Winter" below the printed epigraph "I've seen The Future - and it works!", supplied by Lincoln Steffens, the American journalist whom Winter married in 1924. Scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 107240

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  21. The Topography of Athens with some Remarks on its Antiquities.
    First edition. "The basis for modern topographical and archaeological studies of the city. A very important work" (Blackmer). Trained at the Royal Military Academy, Leake served for three years on the garrison at Antigua before joining the British military mission to the Ottoman empire in 1799. He accompanied an Anglo-Turkish... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 106230

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  22. Views in the Seven Ionian Islands.
    In 1854 Lear's close friend Franklin Lushington had..."> First edition, described by Lear's biographer Peter Levi as "the finest of Edward Lear's productions as a traveller... because its lithographs are of such beauty and done with such care it marks a high point in his career" (Edward Lear: A Biography, 2013, p. xxiii).
    In 1854 Lear's close friend Franklin Lushington had... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 110922

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  23. i7
    First and only edition of this uncommon collection of charts, including the first printed chart of Monaco, a large folding map of Marseilles, and accurate charts of most of the ports, harbours and bays of the region. Ayrouard's work forms a working "waggoner" for the coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage notes... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 106965

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  24. Rock Villages of the Riviera.
    First edition. Attractively illustrated from drawings by the author. "The following pages make no pretence at being either a guide-book on the one hand, or a complete historical treatise on the other. During a residence of several years on the Italian riviera, the author has found pleasure in visiting and studying a number... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 103641

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    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, just 4 copies located on OCLC, all in Germany. Fascinating little pamphlet touching on Napoleon's Indian ambitions and the origins of the Great Game: "Then in 1807, intelligence reached London which was to cause considerable alarm to both the British government and the East India... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 104116

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  26. Nuova Descrizione del Duomo di Milano con Prospetti e Tavole incise in Rame.
    First edition of this attractive grand tour guide book to the duomo in Milan, fairly uncommon in the first edition with just 16 showing on OCLC. This copy with significantly more of the pleasingly sepia-toned plates than any of those listed that offer a collation, most with just 15. From the library of Sarah Frances Bell... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 102865

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  27. The Works.
    First editions. A finely bound set of the author's principal works, being The Zincali (1841), The Bible in Spain (1843), Lavengro (1851), The Romany Rye (1857), Wild Wales (1862), Romano Lavo-Lil: Word-Book of the Romany (1874). Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 102083

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    The guest-book for Werzer's famous Gasthof "zum Weißes Rössl" at Pörtschach am Wörthersee, now the home of the Brahms Haus Museum, containing six highly-finished pencil drawings by Alexander Pock: 1) Mounted officer, with New Year's wishes for 1947, dated on 26 December 1946; 2) Bust-portrait of a feldmarschal, 23 March... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 94476

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  29. 93999
    First edition in English, and still the only complete edition, of "the standard work on Spanish history up to the 18th century which does not merely report events in lucid chronological order and with admirable objectivity, but includes analyses of the mechanisms of princely power" (Braun, Juan de Mariana and Early Modern... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 93999

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  30. History of the Dominion of the Arabs in Spain.
    First edition in English, first published in Madrid in 1820-1; far from common in the market. Condé was the director of the library of the Escorial. His work is "characterized by a strong sympathy for Arab culture. For the first time a complete survey, based on Arab sources, was provided of the history of Islamic Spain... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 95147

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  31. The Native's Return.
    First UK edition, first impression. Gollancz's unusual jacket combines the usual yellow with a larger black and white section printed sideways of praise for the American edition published earlier the same year by Harper and Brothers. Adamic's book was a bestseller directed against King Alexander's regime in the Kingdom of... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 94043

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  32. Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.
    First edition in Italian. Magnus's great ethnographical and geographical survey of Scandinavia, Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Northern Peoples), was first published in Latin in 1555. This Italian translation re-uses the woodcuts, with a few variations, illustrating all aspects of life: local customs,... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 87741

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  33. i1
    First editions. BnF copy only of the first-named, the second unrecorded. Attractive souvenirs featuring spirited renderings of the carnival procession at Nice in 1876. Both were clearly taken on the spot, Giordano's perhaps being the more sophisticated, and featuring identifications of some of the floats. These include the... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 94796

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  34. i1
    First edition of this richly illustrated first-hand account of the Battle of the Nile. Cooper Willyams (1762-1816), topographer and artist, was ordained in 1784. In 1797, he became domestic chaplain to the earl of St Vincent before he, a year later, began serving as chaplain of HMS Swiftsure, captained by Benjamin Hallowell.... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 92461

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  35. Together.
    Signed limited edition, number 154 of 275 large paper copies signed by the author. Together is a nostalgic evocation of lost youth and the north as the author revisits his native Austria. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 92115

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  36. Voyage Pittoresque de la Grece.
    First edition, first issue, the Discours Préliminaire concluding on the fourth line of page xvi. First volume only, but complete in itself, and without doubt one of the most desirable of all 18th-century works on Greece. A second volume was published in two parts, the first in 1809, and the "final biographical livraison... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 83997

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  37. Together.
    First edition, first impression. Together is a nostalgic evocation of lost youth and the north as the author revisits his native Austria. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 88273

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  38. A Singular Country.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 88676

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  39. Théâtre Complet de la Guerre en Europe, 1855.
    Apparently first and only edition, no other copy traced. Visually highly appealing map produced for the interpretation of events unfolding during the Crimean War. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 90430

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  40. A Voyage to Cadiz and Gibraltar,
    First edition of this attractively illustrated work on Southern Europe. Cockburn had served as aide-de-camp to General Elliott during the siege of Gibraltar, before a lengthy period travelling Europe studying foreign troop manoeuvres at the behest of the earl of Harington, the colonel of his regiment, the 65th. "In April... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 86754

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  41. Bow Bells - H.M.S. London First Commission 1919-1930.
    First edition, unsurprisingly uncommon, COPAC records just a copy in NMM, lacking its title page. London was a County Class Heavy Cruiser built at Portsmouth Dockyard, launched September 1927, and commissioned January 1929. Based on Malta her commissioning cruise in the Med took in the Italian and Dalmatian coasts, Athens,... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 86005

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  42. French Ways and Their Meaning.
    First edition, first impression, UK issue. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For my dear Matilda, with my love, Edith". Matilda Gay was a fellow American expatriate in France and one of Wharton's closest friends. Gay described Wharton as an "intelligent, brilliant woman". She was "immensely... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 84629

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  43. Il Mar Baltico e sue Coste descritti e illustrati.
    First and only edition, attractive and uncommon, just seven copies on OCLC, four of them in Italy and one apiece in the USA (Harvard), Germany (Bayerische Staatsbiblioothek), and Switzerland (Sistema Bibliotecario Ticinese); no copy in the UK. A timely and thorough description of the Baltic and the cities of its coast, published... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 79397

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  44. 70550
    First and only edition of this uncommon personal account of the operations against the French in the Mediterranean concluding with the Egyptian Expedition and the surrender at Alexandria, particularly prized for the account of Malta and views of the island after Anderson's own drawings. In June 1798 the French occupied Malta... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 70550

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  45. i1
    Uncommon and attractive fortification study, this fourth edition issued in the same year as the self-published first edition. "That part of Flanders having frequently been disputed by the various European powers, the author conceives that an undertaking like this will not be unacceptable to the public, particularly at a... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 66735

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  46. French Riviera Villages.
    First edition, first printing. Scarce in the original box. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 74622

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  47. 65638
    First edition. Scion of an old Catholic family, Swinburne was educated "at the monastic seminary at Lacelle, France, the University of Paris, Bordeaux, and finally the Royal Academy in Turin, where he developed a keen interest in the arts" (ODNB). By 1763 he had inherited the family estates following the death of his older... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 65638

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  48. 76459comp
    First edition, first impression. The dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To 'a man called "CD" ' from Ian". The printed author's note reads "Nothing remains but to dedicate this biased, cranky but at least zestful hotchpotch to my friends and colleagues on The Sunday Times in London and abroad, and... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 76459

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  49. 63838
    £600

    Stock Code: 63838

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  50. Monographia. El Sepulcro de Moore.
    First edition, uncommon, just two copies - BL and Biblioteca Nacional de España - on OCLC and an 1890 reprint at BNE. Attractive souvenir with dual language text, a portrait, plates of the house where Moore died, his dying moments and tomb, and a view of the city and harbour. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 70197

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  51. Handbook of the Belgian Army 1934.
    First edition. Uncommon, print run of just 750 copies; IWM copy only on COPAC; no copy of this issue on OCLC, a single copy of the previous iteration, of 1926, at Brown, but the present is considerably more substantial, by some 80 pages. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 67734

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  52. Relation Historique et Critique de la Guerre Franco-Allemande en 1870-1871.
    First editions of this important analysis of the Franco-Prussian War by a noted Swiss military theorist and radical politician. This set from the library of Ulysses S. Grant with tipped-in presentation slip, "General Grant, Président des Etats-Unis. Hommage respecteuse de l'Auteur", and with the loosely inserted compliments... Learn More
    £1,800

    Stock Code: 68206

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  53. 67038
    First edition of one of the most spectacular aquatint travel books of its era, with good quality plates and excellent colouring; those engraved and coloured by Havell in particular are outstanding. The plates were intended to illustrate Dodwell's A Classical and Topographical Tour through Greece, during the years 1801, 1805,... Learn More
    £37,500

    Stock Code: 67038

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  54. 61382
    First English language edition, first impression. Copy belonging to the translator, author Nancy Cunard, with her inscription to the title page "(Translation from the French Edition by Nancy Cunard Feb 1950 -)". Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 61382

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  55. Life of Field-Marshal Lord Raglan:
    First edition. Extremely uncommon memorial volume - just 4 copies on OCLC, none in the US, all but the BL copy apparently second editions - this much enhanced by the addition of the extremely attractive card, which, mounted against the blue of the endpapers, gives the impression of a Wedgwood plaque. This copy with the... Learn More
    £625

    Stock Code: 60766

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  56. 46957comp
    First edition, first impression of one of Byron's earliest titles. With the author's very scarce signed presentation inscription to the title page, "To James Durham, Robert Byron, August 24 /44". Byron died the following year. Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 46957

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  57. 46874
    First edition. Napier's apologia for the Naval conduct of the Crimean War. Napier directed the blame at the Admiralty, whilst most looked to him blaming "...his capricious humour or want of nerve, which - there were people who said - had been destroyed by too liberal and too long continued potations of Scotch whisky; while... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 46874

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  58. 44344
    First edition. George William Frederick Howard, 7th earl of Carlisle, Liberal politician of a mildly reforming bent, resigned in 1852 when he failed to obtain a Cabinet position in the incoming Peelite-Liberal coalition. "In consequence of this he believed that he had failed in politics and spent most of the next twelve... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 44344

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  59. 7099
    First edition, with plates watermarked 1816-1820. In this copy the Mentz plate is dated October 1819 and the Biebrich plate is dated Septr. 1819. With the list of subscribers. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 7099

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