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Cartoons of the Great War.  World War One Album of Colorful Cartoons and Caricatures, possibly by a P.O.W.
141 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 artistís 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 artistís 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 albumís 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
142 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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Catalog of Imported Decalcomania Transfers.  For the Decoration of Furniture, Screens, Doors, Lamp Shades, Trays and other articles of Wood, Metal, Glass, Parchment, Celluloid, Oil-Cloth, etc.  Reproduced in Color with Descriptions of many Additional Designs and Sizes.
143 Catalog of Imported Decalcomania Transfers. For the Decoration of Furniture, Screens, Doors, Lamp Shades, Trays and other articles of Wood, Metal, Glass, Parchment, Celluloid, Oil-Cloth, etc. Reproduced in Color with Descriptions of many Additional Designs and Sizes.
New York L. C. Wells 1929 NA Fine 
4to. 24 pp. 23.5 by 20 cm. With countless color vignette illustrations of decals. These include images of flowers (roses, forget-me-nots, etc.), birds, fruits, wreaths, bouquets, Chinese and Japanese designs, metallic designs, ships and landscapes, 18th century figures and silhouettes, marquetry and inlay designs, horses, geometric designs, etc. Scarce -- no copies of this catalogue located anywhere, and very few catalogs of the type and vintage found. Also with original mailing envelope. Envelope has soiling. Catalogue folded neatly down middle, as it would have been to fit into envelope. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Catalogo de propagana taurina 1961.  Imprenta-Litografia Ortega Valencia-Espana.  Catalogo Muestrario. Carteles, Cartelitos, Cabeceras, Prospectos, Billetes.
144 Catalogo de propagana taurina 1961. Imprenta-Litografia Ortega Valencia-Espana. Catalogo Muestrario. Carteles, Cartelitos, Cabeceras, Prospectos, Billetes.
Valencia 1960 Wraps Near Fine 
4to. 29.5 by 23 cm. Unpaginated, 48 leaves in colorful wrappers. Setting this catalogue apart from earlier Ortega catalogues, all of which are scarce, is besides the shape, the facing pages from the specimen samples feature action line illustrations of various facets of the bullfight. Splashily colorful trade catalogue from lithographic printer specializing in cards, tickets, programs and posters dedicated to bullfights and local fairs and fiestas. Much of the content is brilliantly illustrated promotions of bullfights, with flyers, posters and the like tipped in, generally two or three pasted onto the same base leaf. Samples which in practice might have been printed in varying sizes, often much larger than in the catalogue, they capture the thrill, ritual and spirit of the sport. The pages with tickets and some other items are less eye candy but no less useful documents of the material paraphernalia of the sport, and reminders too of the manifold commercial aspects of an entertainment business. Quite scarce, with the only several copies surfacing on OCLC from other years. Light wear. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Catalogue of Alden Salt Caster Co. 1891-'92 Sole Manufacturer of Dana K. Alden's World Renowned Table Salt Bottles, Patents, Caters, Designs, Novelties, etc.   Alden's World-Renowned Lighting Calculator . . .
145 Catalogue of Alden Salt Caster Co. 1891-'92 Sole Manufacturer of Dana K. Alden's World Renowned Table Salt Bottles, Patents, Caters, Designs, Novelties, etc. Alden's World-Renowned Lighting Calculator . . .
Boston 1891 Wraps Good 
8vo. 19.5 by 12.5 cm. 24 pp., plus wrap covers. Primarily trade catalogue for salt and pepper shakers, which are depicted in blue and white illustrations, on nine of the pages. Also illustrated are a doll cologne bottle, a good luck tumbler, a lemon squeezer, a hydraulic pump oil can, a glass oven door and a spiral lighter, these shown on two of the pages. The facing pages are devoted to esoteric, curious or eccentric arithmetic puzzles or methodologies. The math primer would be in the tradition of catalogues throwing in general interest features that are unrelated to the goods being peddled. The catalogue is scarce, with no copies turning up on OCLC First Search. Condition: a dampstain by upper joint or paper folds, affecting all pages, but given its modest size, we believe few would be troubled by this. A film of light soiling spread on the yellow wraps. Light age toning of the leaves. Miniscule edge chipping. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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146 Catalogue of Keuffel & Esser Co. Manufacturers and Importers Drawing Materials Surveying Instruments Measuring Tapes
New York Keuffel & Esser 1921 Cloth Very Good 
8vo. ix, 482 pp. Profusely illustrated. Some blistering to the cloth covers. Tight and clean within. Nothing in the rear pocket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Centennial Souvenir 1876 Philadelphia
147 Centennial Souvenir 1876 Philadelphia
Blindstamped Cloth Near Fine 
N.d, 1876. Oblong, 8 by 12 cm, 3.25 by 4.75 inches. Sixteen panels of lithographic prints based on photos, along with a map of teh Centennial Grounds and Exhibition Buildings. The prints are of the main exhibition building, Memorial Hall, Horticultural Hall, Machinery Hall, Shoe & Leather Building, English Building, etc. -- all the principal buildings at the fair. Light wear to the covers and the folds of the leporello. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Ceylon Tea.  From the Bush to the Tea Pot
148 Ceylon Tea. From the Bush to the Tea Pot
Colombo and New York City, respectively H. W. Cave & Co., printers. Eppens, Smith Co. (name on cover) 1930 First edition Wraps Good 
Scarce, with no copies listed on OCLC First Search. 4to. 24.5 by 18.5 cm. 20 pp. Describes in a readable, concise manner all the steps of tea production. With black and white photos on ten pages, with two photos per page on all but two of these pages. Color photo pasted onto front cover. Inside rear wrap describes how to make tea. Wraps chipped, with soiling around perimeter. Light vertical fold or crease down center, evident on the leaves. A very faint crayoned number on the cover and the first blank prelim. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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149 Chain Necklace with Small Marble Book-Shaped Ornament

Circa 1900 piece of jewelry, tasteful and lovely charm for the book-lover. The marble piece is a little over 1/2 inches tall, or 2 cm, and the necklace weighs 2 ounces. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Charles & Co. Catalogue.  May, 1937
150 Charles & Co. Catalogue. May, 1937
New York 1937 Leatherette Very Good 
Attractive culinary catalogue from a prestigious high-end gourmet grocer in New York, one that began in 1848 and continued in business into the 1980s (when it was acquired by Red Apple.) 8vo. 21 by 14 cm. 319 pp. With 8 page supplemental brochure dated September, 1937. The catalogue proper has color plates on both endpapers and two other pages, and many other b/w photos and drawings of products throughout. The outstanding feature of the catalogue aesthetically, though, is its two toned binding, which is high Art Deco, with relief stylized lettering and an image of Hermes! Otherwise, the catalogue is a treasure trove of information on better food products and their pricing back in the 1930s. Condition: fore-edges have light foxing. A few light and minor stains on the binding. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Charming group of hand-made and painted folk art origami figures, including fourteen soldiers, three horses, a flag on a staff, and two incomplete figures (a horse and a soldier)
151 Charming group of hand-made and painted folk art origami figures, including fourteen soldiers, three horses, a flag on a staff, and two incomplete figures (a horse and a soldier)
NA Very Good 
N.d., early twentieth century (1910 to early 1930s), based, among other things, on box housing the grouping with stamp of George V, which dates from 1914. (We assume the box housed the grouping from the time it was created, more or less.) The figures are quite precisely painted, and appealingly resemble nutcracker soldiers and what we would imagine would be their toy mounts. Testament to the attention to detail is that the mane on one of the horses is very precisely cut into separate fine strands! The paint colors on the soldiers are bright and eye-catching blues and reds, with some green, yellow and quite realistic flesh colors, while the horses are bay, piebald and chestnut-ish. Most of the soldiers have bayonets or muskets, and they are all postured as if on a ceremonial march. Although origami, the figures are essentially two dimensional, but an example of the care rendered is that they are all painted on both sides. The unfinished figures are a plus to have as well, as they easily reveal the process by which the figures were made. We don't know who made the figures, although their are initials on the two unfinished ones, and we would guess that whoever made them was from the Bristol area of England, based again on the box housing them. Our conjecture was that a young adult made the figures, but certainly it had to be someone with the skill beyond the ability of a pre-teen. The soldiers are generallly 8 cm tall, the horses, the same, and the horses are about 10 cm long at their longest. Some of the firearms are bent, and there is other trivial soiling. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Chic Parisien.  Journal Special Pour Modeles de Paris et Vienne.  Atelier Bachwitz.  Paris Vienna. Max Grab Fashion Co. Sole Agent for U.S.A. and Canada. New York Paraissant le 1er de chaque mois.  IXieme Annee.  American Edition of "Chic Parisien"
152 Chic Parisien. Journal Special Pour Modeles de Paris et Vienne. Atelier Bachwitz. Paris Vienna. Max Grab Fashion Co. Sole Agent for U.S.A. and Canada. New York Paraissant le 1er de chaque mois. IXieme Annee. American Edition of "Chic Parisien"
New York Max Grab Fashion Co. Josef Eberle, printer 1907 Wraps Very Good 
Elephantine Folio. 43 by 32 cm. [2 pp. illustrated ads], 8 pp., followed by 11 color plates, two of which are two paged. Excepting the two double paged plates, the plates also have b/w insets of rear views of the gowns being showcased, and on the versos of five of the plates are b/w fashion details and variants. (The other plates are blank on the versos.) One of the plates is an extra plate, not printed with this issue of the Chic Parisien. The American edition of the magazine was issued monthly, with two special supplements per year, issued in March and September. The issue here is one such supplement, issued in September (undated, but the text refers to the 1907 to 1908 season). Scarce, possibly because Max Grab was a retailer and so this was in a sense a cross between a magazine and a trade catalogue. The gowns, furs, and big, bold feathered hats are elegant, luxuriant and spectacular. The clothes were intended for the wealthy ladies to wear to balls, casinos, sporting events, luncheons, shopping and other outings, and the designs were entirely directed towards beauty. There was as yet no hint of rebellion, edginess, or slumming in the creations. Yet while dressy, many of the designs have simple, flattering lines, and many of the designs looked compatible with activity -- these are not uncomfortable, constraining garments to all appearances. One sees in the models, also, that a slender figure was gaining favor; no longer was the plumpness of the late 19th c;entury being idealized. Light wear. Two tape repairs at spine tips. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Chief Paints.  Color Styles and Painting Guide for Beautifying and Protecting Your Home
153 Chief Paints. Color Styles and Painting Guide for Beautifying and Protecting Your Home
Full Leather. Spiral Spine. Very Good 
N.d., circa late 1940s. Folio, 43 by 33 cm. 59 pp. Missing only one paint strip, of 215. Many color illustrations of house exteriors and interiors, working in the activities of the wholesome American nuclear family ideal of the period, with attractive young parents and their small children. Homes are generally modest but handsome suburban clapboard colonials, with modern, southern plantation and ranch houses also shown. The illustrations are uniformly pleasing, and their interest lies in their sociological content as well. The catalogue is chock-full of explanatory material on all the paint and stain products of the company, along with many do-it-yourself instructions and tips, and so it was really much more than a simple catalogue or color guide. Wear and soiling to the cover. Light wear to pages, which are generally clean. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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154 Child's Sketchbook Depicting Mostly the Isle of Wight, Some Welsh Scenery, and Human Studies
Half Morocco. Marbled paper pastedown on boards. Very Good 
Wonderful juvenile pencil sketches and watercolors with a strong Folk Art appeal to them overall. N.d., circa 1840. (Paper watermark of 1815, but possible portrait of young Victoria, and fashions on human subjects suggest the later date.) Oblong 4to. 25 by 31.5 cm. With 43 pages containing artwork, most of which, but not all, can be regarded as finished. Most of the artwork is rendered directly onto the pages of the album, with six of the pieces instead mounted onto the page. Nine of the pages are of watercolors, and two others, have some color pencil added to the basic pencil drawing. The Isle of Wight most definitely dominates the album, with sixteen of the views drawn -- all pencil drawings -- of various locations on the Isle of Wight, including Needles, Ryde pier, Blackgang Chine, the Sand-Rock Spring Cottage, the undercliff, a freshwater cavern, etc. These views and panoramas are rendered with a folk art-ish charm. The young artist had at best only a tentative understanding of perspective, and the human figures are quite sketchy. At the same time the artist was deft in the drawing of flora and foliage -- they even look as if they might have been done by an accomplished post-Impressionist -- and both buildings and landscape come off as very real. The compositions all have an appealling balance, we might also add. We would note that Osborne, one of the favored Royal Residences, is located on the Isle of Wight, and it is our belief that the portrait of Victoria is related to this propinquity. Perhaps more accomplished, yet also coming across as naive, are a few of the watercolors. We would regard a watercolor of a shepherd resting against a tree with his dog by his side as the most satisfying. The painting reminds us of a famous portrait of Goethe! Another fully realized watercolor shows a young man with a fishing net making his way to the sea. Among the watercolors are several portraits as well, including one of a young woman, a second one of a mother with two small children situated in a park-like setting, and a third one, of two handsome children. Two of the unfinished watercolors we believe might have been portraits of Victoria, especially the one with the young woman wearing a crown. Back to drawings, there are two cartoonish drawings of a girl's schoolroom, with thought bubbles adding touches of humor. Finally, there are two mounted drawings that are done with great precision -- these are not at all naive. We would speculate these were done by the same artist at an older age. As not uncommon for such albums and sketchbooks, the artwork starts at both ends, and generally, the orientation of the page is the opposite depending on which end. Condition: leather at joints and corners heavily rubbed. Scuffs and scratches throughout binding. Some light foxing, mostly from tissue guards, now removed. A few pages excised probably. One page with cut-out. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Chinese Erotic Leporello or Pillow Book
155 Chinese Erotic Leporello or Pillow Book
China Leporello Very Good 
N.d., 19th century. Closed, 18.5 by 10.5 cm, and 5 cm thick. 18 panels (13 with the pictorial), and so when wide open, stretching to almost 190 cm, depicting lovers in pari delicti. The ladies have bound feet, and they pleasure one another in one three way scene. Adrongyny abounds, as often the case in these leporellos, and a Peeping Tom (here, a woman) and a feline onlooker add a touch of humor to the proceedings. The leporello illustration is continuous and fluid and so can be viewed as itself representing a sort of orgy. All color printed on silk fabric which is pasted onto the heavy boards of the thick leporello. Moderate wear to the boards. Narrow, sliver dampstain affecting a few leaves. Some scattered fading and wear to the silk. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Chinese Miao Album of Original Watercolors
156 Chinese Miao Album of Original Watercolors
Paper. Good 
19.5 by 14 cm. 12 leaves, including cover, with 20 original paintings (or 20 pages with paintings, as in a few instances, the two facing pages might be interpreted as a single painting). Most of the images are of provincial sorts, and the artist is at times mocking their simplicity and blockheadedness. The style, called Miao, arose in the 18th century and gained popularity among nobles and gentry. One can see in most of the images that the characters have broad features that are not associated with Han Chinese, and the figures are often underdressed, perhaps to suggest an uncouthness. The paintings here have a crudity about them, but also, great zest and color. Chinese calligraphy on the cover and the first page. Otherwise, no text. Dog-earing to the corners. General wear. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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157 Chromolithographic Outer Walls of a Go Fishing Game
NA Very Good 
N.d., circa 1890. The boards of the four linked walls collapse to lay flat. The object of the game was to attempt to fish out small fish from within the well. None of these fish but one, nor the rods used, are now present, but the outer panels remain highly decorative with their illustration of fish, frogs, a kingfisher, lily pads and shore grasses. The four sides are in fact identical. The sides are oblong, each being 31.5 by 34 cm. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Cocoa and Chocolate.  A short history of their production and use. With numerous illustrations of the Cocoa Tree and its products; and of Walter Baker & Co.'s manufactory, the oldest and largest establishment of its kind on this continent
158 Cocoa and Chocolate. A short history of their production and use. With numerous illustrations of the Cocoa Tree and its products; and of Walter Baker & Co.'s manufactory, the oldest and largest establishment of its kind on this continent
Dorchester, MA Walter Baker & Co. Limited. Printed by The Barta Press, Boston 1917 Revised Edition Full Leather Near Fine 
8vo. 24.5 by 18.5 cm. 83 pp. Exceptionally clean copy, with the lightest of soiling on the white leather/leatherette cover, which still exudes a brightness. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Collection des Costumes de la Suisse et de les pays limitrophes
159 Collection des Costumes de la Suisse et de les pays limitrophes
ZŁrich Keller et Fussli Full Morocco Very Good 
N.d., circa 1830. 32mo. 11 by 9.5 cm. 23 hand-colored plates, including title page, with its wreath of alpenrose. Costumes from the cantons and major cities plus the Black Forest. Each illustration features two or three men and women, usually performing some typical craft or activity associated with the area, or ready to do so. In other words, the portraits have some dynamism to them, and with their bright hand-coloring and diminutive scale, richly deserve the adjective of "exquisite". Scarce, with the only copies showing on OCLC First Search at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek of the Netherlands and the Zentralbibliothek of Zurich. Crack along rear joint, with possible partial repair done. Other rubbing along the edges. Plates generally clean. Original tissue guards intact. A neat inked inscription in English on the FFEP dated 1831 and sited to Lucerne. 
Price: 675.00 USD
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Collection of 19 Postcards with Relief Depictions of Flowers, Fruits and/or Birds
160 Collection of 19 Postcards with Relief Depictions of Flowers, Fruits and/or Birds
Near Fine 
All the cards are circa the first decade of the 20th century. Most, if not all, were made in Germany, the country best known for such fancy printing. The cards generally have a simple sentiment written, such as "Greetings", with a few devoid of a textual message at all. Some of the cards have something extra, such as felt, a silk trim, a lace perimeter, or a thickness from a slice of wood. They are typical postcard sized, 14 by 9 cm, with trivial variations on this. While a few were unused, most were sent to one of a few people living in Pennsylvania. Clearly these were collected by someone who was fond of these relief postcards. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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