With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.

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1 "State Caterpillars, or Members of the Plot Club." [together with] An Account of the Proceedings Against Her Majesty Queen Caroline . . . Bound Collection of Caricature Cards Inspired by the Divorce Trial of George the Fourth and Queen Caroline
London J. Turner 1820 Full Sprinkled Sheep Near Fine 
The principal item in this set is a bound collection of 24 hand-colored caricature cards that were inspired by the divorce proceedings brought by George the Fourth against his wife, Queen Caroline. The trial and its ignominious lead-up of libels, charges and counter-charges, was a scandal of the day that today would have produced endless fodder for the tabloids and would certainly now be dubbed, "the trial of the century" or "the divorce of the century." Because it involved the king, the trial was held in the House of Lords, which ultimately rebuffed the king's petition. Caroline, though, passed away shortly thereafter. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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A true story . . . . the Grand Deception or Behind the Buildup.  Breastypes!  What's Yours?
2 A true story . . . . the Grand Deception or Behind the Buildup. Breastypes! What's Yours?
Wraps Very Good 
Scarce male objectifier's glossary! Unsurprisingly, no copies located anywhere. No publication information whatsoever, as standard with racy or pornographic ephemera. N.d., circa 1940s, based on hairstyles to some degree. 10 by 8 cm. 22 pp., including wraps. Funny, some might say also offensive, labeling of different shapes and sizes of women's breasts. We have the "hot water bottles", 'ukeleles", "full moons", "cup cakes", and onward -- twenty in all. Also taking aim at various female types. Like it or abhor it, this is a genuine relic of mid-20th century burlesque-like culture, and we suspect in fact that this might have been a souvenir from a sleazy theater showcasing ecdysiastic cheesecake and ribald comedians. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Album of Caricatures and Photos of an Austro-Hungarian Army Unit Stationed in Northern Italy, circa early 1860s.
3 Album of Caricatures and Photos of an Austro-Hungarian Army Unit Stationed in Northern Italy, circa early 1860s.
Full Morocco Very Good 
Fabulous collection of army caricatures, as well as actual photos of many of the soldiers and officers. The artwork has an inimitable naive, folk art-ish and outsider art-ish quality that is simply captivating. Even with the captions mostly unreadable by us written as they are in an indecipherable Suettelin Schrift, the humor and narrative generally comes through very clearly. The artwork is mostly focused on the soldiers' lifestyle -- hunting, womanizing and wooing, drinking and carousing, day to day activities, and other than their being in uniform mostly, relatively light on actual military matters. Early 1860s, before Austria lost much of Northern Italy. Oblong. 23.5 by 29 cm. 67 pp. with content. First, 22 pp. of photos, with 82 photos in all, with all but two individual oval portraits. Then 35 pp. of painted caricatures, containing 40 mounted pieces, one of which has a fold-out and thus is larger than the page, a few are full page size, and several form multi-part narrative series, like a cartoon strip. About half of these are thickly or thoroughly painted, while the rest may have a combination of pencil and watercolor, and simple or no background to the drawn human figures. 8 pp. of portraits, one painted, the others, drawn with pencil or printed. 2 pp. of mixed media photo caricatures (16 such caricatures, which generally have photo imaged heads combined with drawn bodies, all of which is contained in a photo image). Condition: two inch chip to lower spine. Leather on boards rubbed and worn. Moderate soiling to the album's leaves, with a few corner creases, etc. 
Price: 5000.00 USD
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Album of Original Pen-and-Ink Victorian Caricature and Cartoons
4 Album of Original Pen-and-Ink Victorian Caricature and Cartoons
England 1879 Half Calf, pebbled cloth Very Good 
Circa 1879. One illustration near the end of the album is dated 1879, and so we assume they all come from that date, or a few years prior or after. Oblong, 15 by 24 cm. 25 pp. with fine, even brilliant, pen-and-ink caricatures and cartoons. The work is unquestionably of professional quality, but there are no signatures or other indicia of authorship. The style would have fit right in with "Punch", and one can see a kinship with Tenniel or DuMaurier, to name two of the best known contributors to that humor magazine. Here the heads are often oversized atop miniaturized bodies. The artist reveled in detail, with niceties of dress and appurtenances meticulously rendered. Emotion and expression are very skillfully etched onto the characters' faces. Caricatured are readily recognized types, as opposed to well-known politicians and celebrities. Whether dandies, socialities, domestics, swains, scalawags, hypocrites; whether haughty, high-strung, demure, straight or crooked, these are figures very specific to their time and place, yet one need not exercise too much imagination to extrapolate them to a more timeless, universal cast of characters. The artwork represented here can be divided into character studies, standalone funny cartoon, and finally, multi-cell or interconnected group of drawings, with a few of the pages fitting into more than one category. A number of the cartoons have captions, but these are almost superfluous -- the drawings tell their story effectively without words. The humor contained in the captions can now come off as obscure, even when one understands its point-of-reference. Some of the cartoons are unquestionably Rascist, showing black people as savages or preposterous grown children or imposters. On a more positive note, we can select from almost any of the drawings for a slightly in depth description, but we will single out one entitled "The Great International Ass Show at Kilburn". In this cartoon, we have six anthorpormorphic donkeys representing different types, such as the Imperialist Bully, the Fashion Noodle and the Strike Dolt. One might have to see the drawings to fully appreciate their quality; let it just be said that one would have to be humorless and thick-skulled not to be tickled and delighted by these variations on a theme. From the library of Ronald Searle, the great English 20th century cartoonist. Rebacked. Rubbed coerners, with a chip in lower rear. Clean within. 
Price: 1650.00 USD
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Album of seventeen miniature-sized pen-and-ink caricatures
5 Album of seventeen miniature-sized pen-and-ink caricatures
1857 Morocco spine. Blindstamped cloth boards. Very Good 
Oblong, 11 by 19 cm. Nine leaves with 17 cartoons or caricatures, all done on a miniature scale, which is a part of their charm. Each drawing has a short caption written in block letters. The drafting is quite fine -- these drawings could pass for published work of the mid-Victorian era. And the visual humor, showing drunks, sleepers, musical bandits, the injured, etc., holds up remarkably well. Neat though the captions are, an inscription presumably to the artist's sister is not entirely legible to us, and thus we can not identify the artist, other than to state that the artist was probably a woman. And that adds interest to the album, as generally such caricature work was then more common among men. Condition: moderate wear to the cover. Scattered soiling. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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6 All'Ombra della Torre Per la Patria e Per il Re. XXXIII Corso di Complemento
1935 Wraps Very Good 
Oblong, 24 by 34 cm. 132 pp. Caricatures and humorous primarily about the Italian navy but venturing into other areas as well, including music and sport, inasmuch as touch naval officers and enlistees. Wraps are foxed, title page as well in margins. Otherwise, generally clean. Quite scarce. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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Cartoons of the Great War.  World War One Album of Colorful Cartoons and Caricatures, possibly by a P.O.W.
7 Cartoons of the Great War. World War One Album of Colorful Cartoons and Caricatures, possibly by a P.O.W.
1914(?)-1915/6 Hardcover Very Good 
8vo. 22.5 by 18 cm. 270 pp., almost all with one or more colorfully painted cartoons and caricatures depicting the early part of World War One, beginning in 1914 and possibly all the way through 1915. The album was made with a notebook with ruled lined paper. On most pages, the lines have been covered over, and are at most barely visible. One of the specific events alluded to is the sinking of the Aboukir, Hogue and Cressy by one German submarine, an event which occurred in September, 1914. The sinking of the Lusitania and chemical warfare are alluded to well into the album, which brings the album into the middle of 1915. It is possible the album runs into 1916 but not by much. The jingoistic, and non-subtle analysis manifest in the cartoons, does not give way to a weariness, a questioning, or disillusionment which would certainly have asserted itself later on in the war. The cover has a raised title, not fully legible anymore; from what can be made out, it was probably "Cartoons of the Great War". The identity of the artist is unknown; we were told he was a P.O.W., but there is no concrete evidence corroborating this and the assertion may be unverifiable. Other than the hearsay, support for the hypothesis, for that is what it is to us, comes from the unconventional materials used to produce the album. The paints used are not what someone with such an abiding interest in artwork would have chosen if he had the freedom to do so, but in a P.O.W. camp the artist would settle for what was on hand. The media used to paint the cartoons are various, but most unusual is the heavy use of an oil paint, or a house paint, which was frequently employed as a background, probably in part to blot out evidence that the artwork was applied to a lined notepaper. If these cartoons were done in a P.O.W. camp, the artist had to have been captured at the very outset of the war. Many of the cartoons are not really tied in to day-to-day events, but rather personalize and personify the war into a few stock characters -- the Kaiser, his sidekick of a fictional youthful son named Willie (the Crown Prince was named Wilhelm, but by the time of the war he was not only in his thirties, but also quite unlike this fictional incarnation), a lion representing Britain, John Bull, Uncle Sam, etc. -- who play things out in a Manichaean burlesque. And in this framework the bad guys are repeatedly bested, humbled and humiliated in the satisfying manner of animated cartoon villains. These simplifications are to some extent the diet everyone is fed during wartime, but would it not seem especially consistent with someone who might have been fed limited, and often, misleading information, by an enemy captor, and as an exercise by the artist to bolster his own and his colleagues' spirits? Yet one can not rule out that the album was kept by a soldier in the trenches, where too, the choice of artist’s tools one would expect to have been limited. Throughout the album the artist mines national stereotypes for humor, just as one would expect during wartime, and also during an era with few taboos in such patronizing merriment. Targets include Turkey, or the Ottoman Empire, and Austria-Hungary, as well as Germany. The cartoon captions can be obscure, their humor, lost on us; at times, we suspect, the captions might have come across as heavy-handed or clumsy even back when. Yet it should also be pointed out that much of the time the cartoons make their point with non-literal allegory in very clever ways. The imagery, unlike some of the text, holds up wonderfully well, and it is that we can feast on. One does not really have to know anything about the war, nor have an interest in the war, to enjoy the fancifulness and verve of the pictures. There are cartoons that refer to a channel tunnel, chemical gas warfare, Sinn Fein, Lord Kitchener, von Hindenburg, and on and on. Some of the best work is of caricatures of the leading figures in the war other than the Kaiser; or of the artist’s lampoons of alleged German cartoons; or a number of funny pieces that do not have a direct connection to the war. That said, a considerable amount of the album’s impact is cumulative, and it is the totality of creative energy and vision that make this album so special. The spine is somewhat cocked. The text block juts out a quarter inch from the binding. The binding is scuffed and has moderate to heavy wear. One leaf loose. A few leaves with minor damage. Very Good. Hardcover. 
Price: 15000.00 USD
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Cataleg del 1er Salo D'Humoristes 1933
8 Cataleg del 1er Salo D'Humoristes 1933
Barcelona 1933 Wraps Very Good 
[62] pp. With colored pictorial wrapper cover. A profusely illustrated (line drawings) catalogue of the inaugural exhibition of a local association of humorists at the Galeria Emporium. 30 pages reproduce cartoons, with other leaves mostly devoted to a list of the artists and their works, with a few short textual humor riffs. Among the subjects lampooned are the battle of the sexes, politics, and the many indignities of modern life. The text is rendered in Catalan, not standard Spanish. One need not have a command of either language, though, to understand and chuckle at the rather broad visual humor, much of it racy and carnal. Scarce, with the only copy located on OCLC held at the Biblioteca de Cataluna. Wrappers are soiled. Pencil marks scattered through pages, which are heavily age toned. 
Price: 185.00 USD
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Collection of 46 Pen-and-Ink Caricatures, Mid-19th Century, from New England probably
9 Collection of 46 Pen-and-Ink Caricatures, Mid-19th Century, from New England probably
Custom clamshell cloth box, with leather spine ti Good 
N.d., circa 1870. Caricatures on heavy card stock, 29 by 13.5 cm. Each card contains a single person caricatured. The caricatures are evocative of the type one finds on Vinegar or Poison Valentines of the day, and a few might bring to mind caricatures in Puck and the handiwork of Thomas Nast. The caricatures have a deliberate crudity to them. Among subjects lampooned are suffragettes, the Catholic clergy, various low life, teetotalers and drinkers, and perhaps anyone in sight. We say this is from New England probably because one of the caricatures contains a depiction of an advertisement of a Providence, Rhode Island clothing store. Condition: original binding now disbound, with outer boards remaining, but a modern clamshell box serving to keep things tidy. The cards generally have small corner chips as a result of the brittleness of the card, and there is lots of shavings from the card in this box. The artwork, though, is not affected excepting minor loss to a few captions. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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Croquis d'Apres A. Grévin par F. Cosnefroy
10 Croquis d'Apres A. Grévin par F. Cosnefroy
Quarter Morocco. Marbled boards. Very Good 
Brilliant imitation of the style of the great French caricaturist Alfred Grévin. (Cosnefroy we presume was a gifted amateur -- we have no further information on him. N.d., circa 1890. 4to. 31 by 24 cm. 37 original watercolors, all humorist, and superbly capturing the irony and risque spirit of Grévin. We are unaware of any outright copying -- we can not rule that out -- but given that Cosnefroy assiduously, and humbly, asserts "After Grévin", we are of the view that that was precisely what he meant. We do not know anything about Cosnefroy other than his name at this time. We assume that he was an amateur, probably an adolescent, who was gifted and aspired to follow in the footsteps of the famous illustrator. The quality of his illustrations is also not entirely even, and that suggests strongly that he wasn't tracing works he had enjoyed in the humor magazines featuring Grévin's work. 
Price: 1850.00 USD
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Four "Atalaya" Caricature Advertising Cards with Fabric and Other Material Paste-ons
11 Four "Atalaya" Caricature Advertising Cards with Fabric and Other Material Paste-ons
Berlin Atalaya 1922 and 1923 NA Very Good 
Each card is a folded leaf of medium weight card, with the humorous figure -- two are of bums, one, a bellhop, another, a waif -- on the front. These are all made using paper and fabric pastedowns, with no printing of the figures directly on the cards. The cards are promoting Atalaya's calendars and other novelty printed products in the Spanish market, with the text entirely in Spanish and the Spanish outpost located in Berlin. Given the company's novelty products, the collage dimension of the figures makes complete sense. Inside the card in three instances is a pitch in the form of a longer missive, and in one, more of a broadside-like advertisement. The cards have age toning. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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12 Het Toppunt der Beschaving [Raemaekers Cartoons] Derde Serie,
Amsterdam 1914- 
Six installments, with each installment including 12 folio-sized cartoons, in addition to front cover of the wraps bound in and a smaller vignette on the rear. Captions are generally rendered in Dutch, French and English (always English), not that captions are generally needed to make the point. Ramaeker employed broad strokes in his chalkwork reminiscent of Daumier. His style was perfect for the depiction of brutes, the faceless victims and masses, the pathetic, the macabre! The cover art uses a little shadowy color -- otherwise, the images are black and white. The folio is 15 by 11 inches. The leaves have some waviness that had to have been caused by exposure to moisture. There is light dampstaining to some of the leaves. A few leaves have chunks of paper loss in the margins, and elsewhere some paper surface has been abraded. The images are almost all clean, and while Raemaekers' cartoons are not so hard to come by, they are rare in this original, large and dramatic format! 
Price: 150.00 USD
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How do ye do Thomas -- Pretty well tank ee - excust my Glove, Masta William
13 How do ye do Thomas -- Pretty well tank ee - excust my Glove, Masta William
Satiric hand-colored print of liveried black servant shaking the hand of a tall, thin, elderly aristocrat. N.d., early to mid nineteenth century, unsigned. Loosely racist humor. The print itself is oblong, 10 by 15 cm., and with mat, 28 by 35.5 cm. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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I be just com'd to the catastrophe.  [With sign] Whereas this cliff is very dangerous.  Drivers to keep on lather? side.
14 I be just com'd to the catastrophe. [With sign] Whereas this cliff is very dangerous. Drivers to keep on lather? side.
Satiric hand-colored print of an absentminded man, his head in a book, a fishing rod over his shoulder, as borses and wagon drive off edge of cliff. N.d., early to mid nineteenth century, unsigned. Loosely racist humor. The print itself is oblong, 10 by 15 cm., and with mat, 28 by 35.5 cm. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Loto Animé Comique et Amusant [A Dozen Comical Chromolithographed French Metamorphic Lotto Cards]
15 Loto Animé Comique et Amusant [A Dozen Comical Chromolithographed French Metamorphic Lotto Cards]
Saussine (?) NA Very Good 
A colorful burlesque of visual humor, with oversized heads, acrobats, tourists, lawyers, astronomers, etc. all made absurd. N.d., circa 1880. Each card oblong, 13 by 22 cm, and each with four movable pieces. Movable elements attached to card with brass rings. Cards with one or two short captions. Figures drawn in broad caricature. Note that there are similar, yet different, lotto cards from the same period. The twelve we believe to be the full complement of cards issued together. Condition: light to moderate wear. Some light scattered foxing. No box nor chips. All moving pieces, though, are in good working order, and color printing remains vibrant. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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Lustige Post.  Neu Ein Nachschlagewerk.  Neu für angehende Postpensionisten
16 Lustige Post. Neu Ein Nachschlagewerk. Neu für angehende Postpensionisten
Munich 1948 Hardcover. Paper pastedown on cover. Very Good 
The inefficient efficiency of Deutsche Post -- a whimsical and fun take on postal services and innovations! 4to. 24.5 by 21.5 cm. Unpaginated, 29 leaves, each with original illustrations done with pen and ink and watercolors. The manuscript was created as a tribute or gift for a retiring postal official (the Oberpostinspektor) in Munich, whose name was Karl Scherner. The illustrations are absurdist cartoons that don't require an understanding of the text. Along with the title and caption of each illustration, there is usually a small clipping pasted in that represents the actual postal notice or schedule relating to the service. Moderate wear. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Metro Mozaiek [Mozaik]
17 Metro Mozaiek [Mozaik]
Amsterdam Uitgeverij D.A.V.I.D Paper pastedown on boards Near Fine Near Fine Jacket 
Scarce compilation of grisly wartime cartoons and caricatures printed in the Netherlands. 8vo. 24 by 18.5 cm. 48 pp. Cartoons are black and white, with many also featuring red. The message of the cartoons is generally easy to discern, even if one can not read the captions, and while they were created by a variety of artists, many have a surreal quality, very appropriate for the material, that brings to mind artists such as Max Ernst, and beyond that, the "degenerate" art so deplored by the Nazis. Pages toned but clean. Light soiling to the paper pastedown. Minor edge chips to DJ. 
Price: 800.00 USD
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New Departure Coaster Brake The Brake that brought the Bike back
18 New Departure Coaster Brake The Brake that brought the Bike back
Bristol, Connecticut The New Departures Mfg. Co. 1905 First Decorative Pin Near Fine 
Wonderful "pinwheel" calendar with comical color illustrations of elongated, El Greco-ized men attired in eighteenth century garb riding bicycles. Each month is marked by a card, most of which is dominated by the illustration. At the top of each card are four or more lines of rhymed promotional doggeril. The cards are 20 by 8 cm, and one can fan them out, with the decorative pin acting as a pivot point. The color palette is red, gold and green mostly. Scarce, with no copies of this located on OCLC or elsewhere, and the format, combined with the original illustrations, we also find quite novel. With an used mailing envelope. 
Price: 675.00 USD
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Seven Caricatures of Big Nosed People
19 Seven Caricatures of Big Nosed People
Wraps Very Good 
N.d., late nineteenth century. When closed, 11 by 8.5 cm, with each sheet when opened up measuring 32.5 by 24 cm. Consisting of two uncut sheets, one with four, the other, three, color lithographed caricatures of people with absurdly large noses and depicting the noses interfering with these owners' activities. The sheets fold up and are housed in plain wraps. The sheets fold vertically and horizontally, with a gilt-surrounded centerpiece of glass, and by manipulating the sheets one can arrange to have any of them framed by this centerpiece. Was this intended as a sort of magic trick? We also wonder whether the humor was meant to play into anti-Semitic prejudice, yet there is nothing other than the schnozzolas to connect the figures with Judaism. Scarce, with no details about origin discernible from the object itself, since there is no text whatsoever. Probably German or English. Condition: a few minor pinprick holes and/or closed tears by the folds and their meeting points. Some shallow crumpling folds on the paper. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Book of Folly A Volume of Original Caricatures in Pen-and-Ink from the Library of Viscount Long
20 The Book of Folly A Volume of Original Caricatures in Pen-and-Ink from the Library of Viscount Long
England Full Morocco Good 
Oblong, 15 by 23 cm. Unpaginated, with 42 pages containing ink illustrations and/or verse, most of which are outlandish and nonsense often in the spirit of Edward Lear. The album had a few contributors, each of whom initialed his contribution. One poem is signed William Colquhoun. Otherwise, the contributions are initialed and their precise identities are unknown. It is probable that a number of the limericks and/or ink illustrations were done by children of the Walter Long, created the First Viscount Long, and their friends. The book carries the bookplate of Long on its FEP, and many of the items are initialed with an L. Long, known as a Irish Unionist, was a leading politician during World War One and the period directly prior and after, serving as First Lord of the Admiralty from 1919 to 1921. The level of artistic proficiency is various, the very best of the artwork has the unforced fluency of a cartoon by a Rococo master, when it is elaborate, or sure-handed and crisp, when a more minimalist sketchy line drawing. And at the lower end, even the most unskilled illustrations do not fail to amuse. (Nowadays, when no longer is artistic self-expression widely cultivated, it is inconceivable that such an album could be created.) The verse has a similar range but also should never fail to bring at least a smile of appreciation. Subject-wise, there is a generous dose of mayhem, cruelty, slapstick, and freakish traits and perverse tics -- after all, limericks predominate! There is one narrative set of five limericks about a dog who drank tea; otherwise, the works are all free-standing. There are burlesques of cats, horses, bald ladies, the fat, the skinny -- but telling you that this poem is about the "Soldier from Naples" or that one, "the old man on the moon", really doesn't relate much about their humor and warpness. Most of the entries are directly into the album, with a handful of illustrations pasted instead. Surface chips, scuffs and heavy wear to the red morocco, with repairs to the spine extremities. Toning and some light soiling to the leaves. One closed tear repaired. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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