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1 Edda Og Saga : Gudekvad, Heltekvad, Skjaldekvad, Sagaer
Gyldendalske Boghandel Nordisk Forlag 1930 
In Good+ condition. Half-bound in tan leather with colorfully marbled paper over boards. The spine is tooled in gilt and in blind. Octavo. Decorative endpapers. 228pps. There is a bit of rubbing wear at the tips and the spine-ends with a slight tear at the head of the spine. The binding is slightly shaken, but sound, with all pages intact. Also, a previous owner's name is neatly pencilled in the upper corner of the second fep. and there is foxing to the outer margin. Text is in Swedish.

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2 Akpan, Uwem Say You're One Of Them
New York Little, Brown & Company 2008 First Edition, First Printing Hard Cover 
Fine in a Fine dustjacket. Brown boards. The spine is stamped in gilt. Octavo. Brown endpapers. 358pps. An excellent, collector's-quality copy: clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. Yet to be read. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, is also as new; the original price is intact.

"Uwem Akpan's first published short story, 'An Ex-mas Feast,' appeared in The New Yorker's Debut Fiction issue in 2005. The story's portrait of a family living together in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya, and their attempts to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday, gives a matter-of-fact reality to the most extreme circumstances -- and signaled the arrival of a breathtakingly talented writer. 'My Parents' Bedroom' is a Rwandan girl's account of her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. In 'Fattening for Gabon,' a brother and sister cope with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery. 'Luxurious Hearses' creates a microcosm of Africa within a busload of refugees and introduces us to a Muslim boy who summons his faith to bear a treacherous ride through Nigeria. 'What Language Is That?' reveals the emotional toll of the Christian-Muslim conflict in Ethiopia through the eyes of childhood friends. Every story is a testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing situations our planet can offer."


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Intrigue : The Great Spy Novels of Eric Ambler, Ambler, Eric
3 Ambler, Eric Intrigue : The Great Spy Novels of Eric Ambler
New York Knopf 1960 First Edition Cloth 
Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Bound in full tan cloth. All panels stamped in blue. Blue topstain. 631pps., with an Introduction by Alfred Hitchcock. Originally published in 1943, this is the first printing of the re-issue (March, 1960), reset and printed from new plates. An excellent, collector's-quality copy: clean, tight, square and bright. All tips are sharp. The textblock is immaculate; absolutely no reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The price-clipped dust jacket, glossy in a new mylar sleeve, is mildly rubbed and has touches of wear at the extremities. This volume includes the novels "Journey Into Fear", "A Coffin For Dimitrios", "Cause For Alarm", and "Background To Danger."

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Lucky Jim, Amis, Kingsley
4 Amis, Kingsley Lucky Jim
London Gollancz 1954 Cloth SIGNED by the Author
Good+ in a Good+ dust jacket. Green cloth. The spine is stamped in gilt. Octavo. 256pps. 7th printing, in March of 1954, the same year as that of publication. The binding is in Fine condition, with mild bumping to one lower tip. The textblock, however, and the endpages have a moderate amount of notations and markings, principally in pencil. The dustjacket has some tape-reinforcement at the extremities, a slightly sunned spine, and light edgewear. The original price (12/6 net) is intact. Secured to the rear pastedown is a SIGNED letter, in datestamped envelope, from the author at his Princeton University address to an English Professor at Temple University. In general, the letter addresses not only the prospects of a lecture at Temple, but also the prospects of 'upping the honorarium' for said lecture along with a reading from "Lucky Jim." Quite an interesting item with the included correspondence.

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Athena, Banville, John
5 Banville, John Athena
London, United Kingdom Secker & Warburg 1995 0436202220 / 9780436202223 First Edition Hard Cover SIGNED by the Author
[1995]. Fine in a Fine dustjacket. Black boards. The spine is stamped in gilt. Octavo. Sage-green endpapers. 233pps. First Printing. The pages are lightly tanned due to the acid content of the stock, otherwise clean and tight with a square binding. All tips are sharp. No apparent reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, is very mildly rubbed; the original U.K. price (15.99) is intact. SIGNED by the author -- without further inscription -- on the title-page. An excellent, collector's-quality copy.

"He is a man with a hidden, complicated past -- some of it perhaps unspeakably violent, much of it spent in thrall to an almost slavish fascination with seventeenth-century Flemish art. Now he is lured, unknowing, into a scheme to authenticate a set of suspect paintings, and -- as if in payment for his work, as if from out of the paintings themselves -- a mysterious woman emerges into his life and merges with it. She seems to him to come alive only under his gaze. The mix of detachment and passion that fuels her reminds him of, and then gradually taps into, his own darkest impulses. And as their affair grows more dangerous and compulsive, he begins to sense that it is being mirrored, perhaps even prefigured, in the paintings themselves. Yet nothing forewarns him of the moment when the forgery scheme will be brought to light and its unexpected, crushing ramifications abruptly revealed."

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Mefisto : A Novel, Banville, John
6 Banville, John Mefisto : A Novel
Boston David R Godine Pub 1989 0879237589 / 9780879237585 First U. S. Edition Hard Cover SIGNED by the Author
[1989]. Fine in a Fine dustjacket. Gray boards quarterbound in black cloth. The spine is stamped in gilt. Octavo. 234pps. An excellent, collector's-quality copy: clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. The textblock is immaculate; absolutely no reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, is as new; the original price (17.95) is intact. SIGNED by the author -- without further inscription -- on the title-page. This is a Review Copy, and the publisher's review slip has been laid in.

"A work of dazzling imagination, Mefisto assesses the price any true scientist or artist must pay to pursue his calling, and the cost the choice extracts from our mortal humanity and our ability to live fully."

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The Emerald City of Oz, Baum, L. Frank
7 Baum, L. Frank The Emerald City of Oz
Chicago The Reilly & Lee Co. Hardcover Neill, John R. 
(1910). In Near Fine condition. Bound in full, pictorial, colorfully-stamped cloth. Decorative red and black endpapers. 286pps., lavishly illustrated. This is a later printing, circa. 1960: the 'white linen' edition. Very light rubbing to the boards and to their extremities. Also, there is a small, unobtrusive dot -- as of ink -- on the fore-edge. Otherwise clean, tight, square, and bright. Internally immaculate, as if unread; no previous owner's markings. A beautiful, bright copy of this children's classic.

"Here is a 'double' story of Oz. While Dorothy, her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry experience the events that lead to their going to Oz to make their home in the Emerald City, the wicked Nome King is plotting to conquer Oz and enslave its people. Later we go with Dorothy and her friends in the Red Wagon on a grand tour of Oz that is simply packed with excitement and events."

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The Land of Oz (A Sequel to The Wizard of Oz), Baum, L. Frank
8 Baum, L. Frank The Land of Oz (A Sequel to The Wizard of Oz)
Chicago The Reilly & Lee Co. Hardcover Neill, John R. 
(1904) In Near Fine condition. Bound in full, pictorial, colorfully-stamped cloth. Decorative red and black endpapers. 286pps., lavishly illustrated. This is a later printing, circa. 1960: the 'white linen' edition. Very light rubbing to the boards and to their extremities. Otherwise flawless: clean, tight, square, and bright. Internally immaculate, as if unread; no previous owner's markings. A beautiful, bright copy of this children's classic.

"Deals entirely with the early history of Oz. No one from the United States or any other part of the 'great outside world' appears in it. It takes its readers on a series of incredible adventures with Tip, a small boy who runs away from old Mombi, the witch, taking with him Jack Pumpkinhead and the wooden Saw-Horse. The Scarecrow is king of the Emerald City until he, Tip, Jack, and the Tin Woodman are forced to flee the royal palace when it is invaded by General Jinjur and her army of rebelling girls."

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The Patchwork Girl of Oz, Baum, L. Frank
9 Baum, L. Frank The Patchwork Girl of Oz
Chicago The Reilly & Lee Co. Hardcover Neill, John R. 
(1913) In Fine condition. Fully bound in pictorial, colorfully-stamped cloth. Decorative red and black endpapers. 286pps., lavishly illustrated. This is a later printing, circa. 1960: the 'white linen' edition. Very light rubbing to the boards and to their extremities. Otherwise flawless: clean, tight, square, and bright. Internally immaculate, as if unread; no previous owner's markings. A beautiful, bright copy of this children's classic. ".Here, the Patchwork Girl is brought to life by Dr. Pipt's magic Powder of Life. From that moment the action never slows down. It tells of Ojo's quest for the strange ingredients necessary to brew a magic liquid that will release his Unk Nunkie from a spell -- the spell cast by the Liquid of Petrefaction, which has turned him into a marble statue." Purchase with confidence: all books, gradings, and descriptions are rendered the care of a genuine bibliophile. Money back guarantee. Thanks for your interest in Nooks Of Books. To assist with your decision, photos can be emailed upon request. 
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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, Bemelmans, Ludwig
10 Bemelmans, Ludwig Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
New York Viking 1943 First Edition, First Printing Cloth SIGNED by the Author
In Very Good+/Near Fine condition. No slipcase. This illustrated edition is limited to 400 signed and numbered copies, of which this is #158. Fully-bound in gray cloth. Decorative 'Reina Del Pacifico' endpapers. 299pps., including 4 full-color, full-page, plates. Also, there is a large pictorial onlay on the front board. All illustrations done by the author. This copy is, overall, in excellent condition. The spine is slightly sun-darkened and there is a thin scratch in the leather spine label. Internally, there are (literally) two or three small and faint foxmarks, otherwise clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. No previous owner's markings, no bent pages, and no reading wear. Purchase with confidence: all books, gradings, and descriptions are rendered the care of a genuine bibliophile. Satisfaction guaranteed or all costs you've incurred will be promptly refunded. Thanks for your interest in Nooks Of Books. To assist with your decision, photos can be emailed upon request. 
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China As I See It, Buck, Pearl S.
11 Buck, Pearl S. China As I See It
New York John Day 1970 Limited First Edition Cloth SIGNED by the Author
Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket. Bound in full tan cloth. Both the spine and the decorative front board are stamped in gilt. Octavo. 305pps. A special limitation page reads: 'Of this special edition of China As I See It 3,000 copies have been retained by the author for presentation'. This copy is not numbered, but is SIGNED by the author. An excellent, collector's-quality copy: clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. The pages are immaculate; no reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, has light rubbing wear -- particularly at the tips and the spine-ends; no chips, soiling, or tears. The original price (7.95) is intact. A beautiful copy of a scarce issue. ".With Communist control of China in its third decade, Pearl Buck takes a long view of a country that measures its history by millennia. 'China As I See It' is made up of a selection of Pearl Buck's writings and speeches beginning in the 1930's, with a long final chapter newly written to summarize the Communist take-over, its background and its consequences." Purchase with confidence: all books, gradings, and descriptions are rendered the care of a genuine bibliophile. Satisfaction guaranteed or all costs you've incurred will be promptly refunded. Thanks for your interest in Nooks Of Books. To assist with your decision, photos can be emailed upon request. 
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12 Caine, Hall Den Vite Profeten (Beromd Litterature : Varldslitteraturens Mest Bekanta Verk)
Copenhagen Baltiska Forlaget Aktiebolag 1929 
Volume 2. In Near Fine condition. Half-bound in marbled brown calf with colorfully marbled paper over boards. Raised bands and gilt tooling on the spine. Small octavo. Decorative endpapers. 317pps. There is mild rubbing to the tips and the spine-ends, otherwise overall clean, tight, square, and bright. No previous ownership markings. An excellent, vintage, leatherbound copy of this Manx author's work. Bemyndigad oversattning fran Engelskan av M. Drangel; translated from the English by M. Drangel.

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13 Calvino, Italo Mr. Palomar
San Diego, CA, U.S.A. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 0-15-162835-1 / 9780151628353 First Edition Hard Cover 
[1985]. Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket. Wine-colored boards quarterbound in wine-colored cloth. The spine is stamped in silver. Octavo. 130pps. First printing. An excellent copy: clean, tight, square, and bright. The text is immaculate; no reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a new mylar sleeve, has a small and faint soil-mark at the top of the front panel; the original price is intact. Translated from the Italian by William Weaver.
"...It is no accident that his name recalls that of a famous telescope. Mr. Palomar is a quester after knowledge, a visionary in a world sublime and ridiculous. On vacation, Mr. Palomar focuses on natural phenomena: the passion of mating turtles, the moon by day, the sky by night. Returning to the city, he goes off to shop and becomes absorbed by galantines, pates, terrines. Names and labels conjure up scenes of pastures, of the hunt, of sacred traditions of husbandry. Mr. Palomar's palate is in his mind. A delicatessen is a museum of civilization. He is impatient and taciturn in society, preferring to spin inner dialogues and listen to the silence of infinite spaces and the song of birds. Yet the intrusive, civilized 'I' insists on being that crusty, charming gentleman, a failure as a telescope, a delight as Mr. Palomar.
A witty, elegant, fantastic tale...

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14 Calvino, Italo The Castle of Crossed Destinies
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1977 0-436-08221-7 / 9780436082214 First Edition Hardcover 
Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Marbled brown boards with a black cloth backstrip. The spine is stamped in gilt. Octavo. Brown endpapers. 129pps., with numerous illustrations, including 8 full-color plates. First printing. An excellent, collector's-quality copy: clean, tight, square and bright. All tips are sharp. No apparent reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket is mildly rubbed with light touches of edgewear; the original price (10.00) is intact.

"With magical dexterity, Italo Calvino uses the device of tarot cards and their archetypal images to create a series of short, fantastic narratives. In a fairytale setting -- a castle and a tavern in the heart of a dense wood -- a company of men and women are brought together by chance. Distraught by strange adventures, they find they have lost their voices.
To communicate their fates -- love affairs, battles, conquests, betrayals -- they must deal out, one after the other, the cards of a game of tarot, whose configurations reveal their several plights..."

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15 Calvino, Italo; Weaver, William (translator); Colquhoun, Archibald (translator); Wright, Peggy (translator) Difficult Loves (A Helen and Kurt Wolff Bk.)
San Diego, CA, U.S.A. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1984 0-15-125610-1 / 9780151256105 First Edition Hard Cover 
Near Fine in a Fine dustjacket. Maroon boards quarterbound in maroon cloth. The spine is stamped in silver. 290pps. First Printing. The only flaw is a remainder mark on the bottom of the textblock. It is, otherwise, clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. The text is immaculate; no reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, has a touch of crinkling at the head of the spine; no chips, soiling, or tears. The original price is intact.

"...Who but Italo Calvino could blend realism and illusion to capture so precisely and so elegantly these moments in the lives of ordinary people? A theft in a pastry shop, a frenzied evening in a tavern, a young soldier caught up in a private fantasy of seduction, a middle-class woman who discovers while swimming that she has lost the lower part of her bikini -- all are transformed by Calvino's consummate artistry into stories that brilliantly explore intricate interior worlds. In these classics of the 1940s and 1950s, Calvino depicts instants of recognition and alarm, when cherished deceptions and illusions of love -- frequently self-love -- are stripped away..."



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Oscar and Lucinda, Carey, Peter
16 Carey, Peter Oscar and Lucinda
London Faber & Faber 1988 0571148123 / 9780571148127 First Edition Hard Cover 
[1988]. Near Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket. Bound in full blue cloth. The spine is stamped in white. Octavo. 512pps. First printing. The pages are slightly tanned (as is ever the case with this edition due to the acid content of the stock), and there is a small soil-mark, faint, near the margin of the rear free endpage. Otherwise clean, tight, and square. No previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, has touches of crinkling at the extremities; the original price (10.95) is intact. A very nice, collector's-quality copy of this Booker Award winner (Carey's first such award). ".This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent -- a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms -- could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex. And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce, religion and colonialism, that culminates in a half-mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback." Purchase with confidence: all books, gradings, and descriptions are rendered the care of a genuine bibliophile. Satisfaction guaranteed or all costs you've incurred will be promptly refunded. Thanks for your interest in Nooks Of Books. To assist with your decision, photos can be emailed upon request. 
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Oscar and Lucinda, Carey, Peter
17 Carey, Peter Oscar and Lucinda
London Faber & Faber 1988 0571148123 / 9780571148127 First Edition Hard Cover SIGNED by the Author
[1988]. Fine in a Fine dustjacket. Bound in full blue cloth. The spine is stamped in white. Octavo. 512pps. First printing. The pages are slightly tanned (as is ever the case with this edition due to the acid content of the stock), otherwise clean, tight, and square. All tips are sharp. The textblock is immaculate; no apparent reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, is still bright white and unusually pristine; the original price (10.95) is intact. SIGNED by the author -- without further inscription -- on the title-page. An excellent, collector's-quality copy of this Booker Award winner (Carey's first such award). ".This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent -- a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms -- could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex. And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce, religion and colonialism, that culminates in a half-mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback." Purchase with confidence: all books, gradings, and descriptions are rendered the care of a genuine bibliophile. Satisfaction guaranteed or all costs you've incurred will be promptly refunded. Thanks for your interest in Nooks Of Books. To assist with your decision, photos can be emailed upon request. 
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True History of the Kelly Gang , Carey, Peter
18 Carey, Peter True History of the Kelly Gang
New York, NY, U.S.A. Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated 2000 0-375-41084-8 / 9780375410840 First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by the Author
Fine in a Fine dustjacket. Orange and black paper-covered boards. The spine is stamped in gilt. Octavo. Map-endpapers. 352pps. First American Edition. A beautiful, collector's-quality copy: clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. Yet to be read. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, is also as new; the original price is intact. SIGNED by the author -- without further inscription -- on the title-page. Winner of the 2001 Booker Prize (the author's second such prize).

"...Out of nineteenth-century Australia rides a hero of his people and a man for all nations. This is Ned Kelly's true confession, in his own words and written on the run for an infant daughter he has never seen. To the authorities, this son of dirt-poor Irish immigrants was a born thief and, ultimately, a cold-blooded murderer; to most other Australians, he was a scapegoat and a patriot persecuted by 'English' landlords and their agents..."

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True History of the Kelly Gang, Carey, Peter
19 Carey, Peter True History of the Kelly Gang
London Faber & Faber Ltd 2000 0571192165 / 9780571192168 First Edition, First Printing Hardcover SIGNED by the Author
Fine in a Fine dustjacket. Brown boards. The spine is stamped in beige. Beige endpapers. 352pps. There is slight rounding to the spine-ends, otherwise clean, tight, square, and bright. Yet to be read and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket is equally fine; the original price is intact. The scarce map is not laid in. SIGNED by the author -- without further inscription -- on the title-page. An excellent, collector's-quality copy. Winner of the Booker Prize (Carey's second such award).

"This is Ned Kelly's true confession, in his own words and written on the run for an infant daughter he has never seen. To the authorities, this son of dirt-poor Irish immigrants was a born thief and, ultimately, a cold-blooded murderer; to most other Australians, he was a scapegoat and patriot persecuted by 'English' landlords and their agents. With his brothers and two friends, Kelly eluded a massive police manhunt for twenty months, living by his wits and strong heart, supplementing his bushwhacking skills with ingenious bank robberies while enjoying the support of most everyone not in uniform. He declined to flee overseas when he could, bound to win his jailed mother's freedom by any means possible, including his own surrender."

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An Outcast of the Islands, Conrad, Joseph
20 Conrad, Joseph An Outcast of the Islands
New York Appleton and Company 1896 First Edition Half-Leather 
In Very Good+ condition. This is the publisher's Deluxe Binding: half burgundy roan with marbled boards. The spine is stamped in gilt. Octavo. Top-edge gilt. 335pps. Appleton's Town and Country Library No. 198. This item has recently been beautifully and professionally rebacked in gilt-tooled matching roan at The Currier Bindery; the corners, which had had slight wear, have been rebuilt. There is rubbing to the edges of the marbled boards with a small abrasion on the front panel, a couple of short edge-tears to preliminary pages, and a bit of light discoloration to the rear pastedown. The binding is tight and square; both hinges are sound. The text is clean and bright; no previous ownership markings. In brief, a very nice and presentable collector's copy of Conrad's second book -- uncommon in the deluxe binding. ".Peter Willems, a clerk in Macassar, granted a 'second chance' at a remote river trading post, falls ever more hopelessly into traps set by himself and others. The pawn of Babalatchi -- the one-eyed schemer of power politics -- and of the rich Abdulla (who uses Willems to increase his own wealth), his fate is sealed by his lover, Aissa, and by Almayer, an embittered fellow countryman." Purchase with confidence: all books, gradings, and descriptions are rendered the care of a genuine bibliophile. Satisfaction guaranteed or all costs you've incurred will be promptly refunded. Thanks for your interest in Nooks Of Books. To assist with your decision, photos can be emailed upon request. 
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