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A Family Herbal: or Familiar Account of the Medical Properties of British and Foreign Plants, also their uses in dying, and the various arts, ...
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A Family Herbal: or Familiar Account of the Medical Properties of British and Foreign Plants, also their uses in dying, and the various arts, ...

By Robert John Thornton

London: R and R Crosby and Co., 1814 A good copy of the extremely scarce hand-coloured variant of Thornton's Herbal. 2nd, 'enlarged' edition. Classed as 'good' because 2 pages are present in facsimile. In newer half leather binding with title label and gilt date to spine and marbled boards. The binding is in near fine condition. New endpapers. Contents with frontispiece portrait of Thornton, title, dedication, contents list, and text including appendix, table and general index. Paginated to p902. Each plant has its accompanying illustration engraved by Bewick. All the plants are hand-coloured - the colouring is consistent throughout and clearly done at publication. The frontispiece has some water-staining at the bottom and in the gutter and there is light staining to the title page. Contents are generally clean - some pages have browning or spotting. Page 633 is replaced by facsimile and there are some old tape marks on p632 probably where the missing page was. The index pages have frayed edges towards the end, and the final page is present in facsimile. There is a small repaired edge tear to p22 and to the last original index page.

$534.76

The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges & Ferns of Great Britain and Their Allies, the Club Mosses, Horsetails, &c. 4 Vols
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The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges & Ferns of Great Britain and Their Allies, the Club Mosses, Horsetails, &c. 4 Vols

By Anne Pratt, Edward Step

London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co, 1905 A very good copy of the 4 volume set, in the original art nouveau style decorative cloth bindings with 318 colour plates and 5 plain plates. Top page edges gilt. This is a later edition of Anne Pratt's work, extensively revised by Edward Step and with colour plates reworked to ensure that the colour matched the plants.The bindings are bright and clean with light pulling and slight fading to spines. A couple of the spines have slight cocking to the front. Very occasional light marks and light corner wear. Each volume has half title, frontispiece with tissue-guard, title page, contents, text and plates. Vol I: 269pp, 77 colour and 4 plain plates; Vol II: 279 pp, 76 plates; Vol III: 258 pp, 78 plates; Vol IV: 178 pp plus index pp 181-215, 87 colour plates, 1 plain plate. Contents are very clean and in very good condition. There is light spotting to preliminaries and end leaves and occasional light spotting elsewhere most usually in the gutter or margin. Vol I has a small repaired page margin tear at page 224; Vol II has a small page tear in the bottom margin at p 208.

$391.29

Insectivorous Plants
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Insectivorous Plants

By Charles Darwin

London: John Murray, 1875 A fair to good copy of the 1st edition in the original green decorative cloth binding with gilt titles and border to spine. One of the first thousand copies printed. The binding has wear and pulling to the spine and the front board is very rubbed. The corners are worn and bumped. The spine is slightly cocked. Internally it is sound - new plain endpapers have been added at some point. With half title; title page with faint signature to top and a list of works by Darwin to verso; contents listing and text with engravings - 462pp including index. A few pages have been opened roughly at the top margin, with some loss to the top margin at p351, and there are a couple of small page tears to margins. Contents are very clean other than a couple of brown splotches to the top margin at pp 398 and 399.

$652.15

The Heathery; or a Monograph of The Genus Erica: containing coloured engravings, with Latin and English descriptions, dissections, etc, of all the known species of that extensive and distinguished tribe of plants
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The Heathery; or a Monograph of The Genus Erica: containing coloured engravings, with Latin and English descriptions, dissections, etc, of all the known species of that extensive and distinguished tribe of plants

By H C Andrews

London : Printed by Richard Tayor for the Author, 1804 A good part set of the 1st edition of this rare and comprehensive work. This set consists of 252 hand coloured plates with their descriptions bound in 3 volumes, but, we have not been able to confirm that they are from Volumes I - V with 2 extra plates. According to research [Cleevely, Nelson and Oliver, 2003] the work was first published in 6 volumes (with 50 plates and descriptions per volume) the first 4 being published in the years 1805-1807, but the remaining 2 published later: V not before 1816 and VI in late 1828. Complete sets are the exception! This set is in contemporary half leather bindings with marbled boards. The spines have gilt lining and title and volume labels. Contents: Vol I: hand coloured title page; plain title page to vol I dated 1804; dissertation 2pp; mode of culture 2pp; introduction 2pp; 82 plates with accompanying text. Vol II: title page Vol II 1804; Dissertation continued; 84 plates with accompanying text plus text for E. discolor. Vol III: title page Vol III dated 1806; dissertation concluded 1p; plate for E.discolor and 85 further plates with text. The work is therefore lacking 48 plates and descriptions, 3 title pages and the index. The bindings are clean with wear to the leather, particularly at the top and bottom of the spines and to the spine joints. Each volume has 'Stouthall' hand written on the front pastedown, and 2 volumes have the bookplate of R Wilbraham Falconer. Contents are generally very clean with the occasional spot or mark. The plates are beautifully coloured. Each plate is hand numbered but sadly the numbering starts anew in each volume so does not help with collation. There is the odd outbreak of spotting eg title page to Vol II and a few text pages have browning eg those opposite plates 56. 62, 68 and 73 in the 3rd volume. Please enquire if you would like us to check for particular specimens, or you would like more images.

$978.23

British Wild Flowers. Popularly described in the four seasons
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British Wild Flowers. Popularly described in the four seasons

By Thomas Moore

LONDON: Reeve & Co, 1867 A nice copy of Thomas Moore's British Wild Flowers in original green cloth binding with 24 hand coloured plates at the rear. With blind stamped flower design on the front board and gilt titles to spine. The binding is in good condition being clean, sound and bright. There is pulling to the top and bottom of the spine and some bumping to corners. The original endpapers are present with a prize inscription to the front pastedown endpaper saying that this was given as a prize to Margaret McKay for being first in class and in Botany at Brookfield School in 1923. While Margaret may have had a keen interest in Botany, the book has little sign of wear internally.

$26.09

English Botany: or, coloured figures of British Plants, with their essential characters, synonyms, and places of growth.
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English Botany: or, coloured figures of British Plants, with their essential characters, synonyms, and places of growth.

By James Edward Smith

London : Printed by Richard Taylor for the Proprietor, C. E. Sowerby, 1832 A good copy of the short 2nd edition, complete in 7 volumes, with 1,588 partially hand coloured plates by James Sowerby. In contemporary half leather bindings with gilt compartments and title labels to spines, and marbled boards. The history of the 2nd and 3rd editions of English Botany is a particularly complicated one. After the 1st edition was published (1812), C E Sowerby decided to reorganise the work so that it was more systematic. This second edition began appearing in parts in 1832 to form a 7 volume set. The preface in Vol I refers to the edition as the 'second or small edition' - the reduced size probably being a matter of cost. Confusingly Judith Sowerby added a further 5 volumes in 1842 and then called the initial 7 the 3rd edition and the new 5, the second edition. Given that the work was issued in parts, it follows that there are 2nd edition sets with later title pages on some volumes! And, just to confuse further a true 3rd edition was issued around 20 years later. The 2nd edition can be distinguished by the double plate numbering: the plates have their original 1st edition number and the reorganised 2nd edition number. This set is as follows: Vol I: preface, text and index 87pp; 193 plates and 27 bis plates - dated from the preface, title page states 'second edition'. Vol II: 1849 'third edition', text and index 85pp; 185 plates and 20 bis plates. Vol III: 1836 2nd edition; text and index 105pp; list of supplementary plates; 205 plates and 11 bis plates incl 2 folding; page marker present. Vol IV: 1837 2nd edition; text and index 81pp; errata and list of supplementary plates; 166 plates and 22 bis plates [possibly lacking 2 bis]; page marker present. Vol V: 1838 2nd edition; text and index 126pp; list of suppl plates; 236 plates and 12 bis plates; page marker. Vol VI: 1839 2nd edition; text and index 106pp; suppl plate list; 210 plates and 21 bis plates. Vol VII: 1840 2nd edition; text and index 132pp; 2 lists of suppl plates; 239 plates and 41 bis plates. The bindings are sound but with wear to edges and corners, and general scuffing. All volumes have an ownership signature to the fep. Text pages generally clean with very occasional spotting. Plates vary from exceptionally bright and clean to having brown toning and/or some spotting. The bis plates are particularly prone to the browning/spotting, and they have pencil notes to the titles. Some of the bis plates have nibbled edges suggesting that they may have been tipped in later. There is occasional marking where old bookmarks (and a pressed plant) were kept. One plate has a small repaired tear.

$978.23

Scottish Cryptogamic Flora, or Coloured Figures and Descriptions of Cryptogamic Plants belonging chiefly to the Order Fungi; and Intended to Serve as a Continuation of English Botany
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Scottish Cryptogamic Flora, or Coloured Figures and Descriptions of Cryptogamic Plants belonging chiefly to the Order Fungi; and Intended to Serve as a Continuation of English Botany

By Robert Kaye Greville

Edinburgh and London: Maclachlan & Stewart; Bladwin, Cradock & Joy, 1823 A very good copy in 6 volumes dating from 1823-1828, with 360 hand coloured plates. Robert Kaye Greville, 1794-1866, had medical training but an assured income allowed him to choose a more diverse life in science and art, and in his public work - where he became a leading voice against slavery. He published his Scottish Cryptogamic Flora in monthly parts, intending it to complete the catalogue of flora in Smith and Sowerby's English Botany. He drew all the specimens himself and these drawings together with the detailed text, form a comprehensive picture of the scottish cryptogamic flora as it was in the early nineteenth century. This copy is in contemporary marbled boards with cloth spines that have been rebacked and had new title labels. The binding is possibly a publisher's one. The boards have general wear but the bindings are sound. New endpapers have been added. Each volume has a half title and title page, text (numbered on recto only) and 60 plates, and index. Vol I has a dedication and advertisement; Vol IV has an index to the first 4 volumes; and Vol VI has a synopsis and full index (82pp) at the end of the volume. Vol VI is notable for the gold leaf used on the 37th plate. There is a bill of sale from Wheldon and Wesley dated 1986 loose in Vol VI. The contents are in very good clean condition with beautifully coloured plates. There are no tissue-guards so there is offsetting from strongly coloured images to the text and slight offsetting of text to a few plates in Vol II. Occasional slgiht darkening to top margin in Vol IV.

$3260.75

The English Flower Garden, of Hardy and Half-Hardy Plants. With Ninety-three Figures, Beautifully Coloured from Nature.
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The English Flower Garden, of Hardy and Half-Hardy Plants. With Ninety-three Figures, Beautifully Coloured from Nature.

By W Thompson

London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co, 1855 A comparatively rare and well illustrated work. Classed as 'fair' because the original decorative cloth binding has been rebacked, replacing the spine and maintaining the original boards which are marked. The contents have been restitched. The binding is sound and tight, but not great to look at. Contents have occasional browning to plate and page edges, particularly where pages were previously loose and more exposed. The endpapers have been repaired and there is marking to the front and rear pastedowns. With hand coloured frontispiece, title page, 12 hand coloured plates, index to vol I, 187pp; frontispiece, and 10 further hand coloured plates, and index to Vol II, 186pp. Contents with occasional browning to pages, and occasional browning to plate edges (presumably where they have been exposed due to weak/absent stitching. There is the occasional grubby mark and occasional spotting. Ink signature to front pastedown and top of the title page to the first volume. P2 in Vol II has a small paper tear repaired with a tape that has browned. Plates generally bright and beautifully coloured.

$169.56

Wayside and Woodland Blossoms. A Guide to British Wild Flowers (Third Series)
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Wayside and Woodland Blossoms. A Guide to British Wild Flowers (Third Series)

By Edward Step; A B Jackson

London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd, 1948 A near fine copy of third volume in the Wayside and Woodland Blossoms Series with the original dustwrapper. With numerous colour and black and white illustrations. The wrapper has a reinforced strip at the top and bottom which matches the cloth binding on the book - suggesting that it was probably sold this way as a field guide. There is no fraying but there is some scuffing to the spine and board edges and a very small hole. It is in a removable protective wrap. The binding is in near fine condition with only very slight pulling at the spine. Contents in near fine condition. With numerous colour and black and white illustrations. There is a loose slip inside informing the buyer that Mr Jackson (who revised the volume) would be pleased to identify any plant specimens - up to a maximum of 3 at any one time.

$7.83

Ladies' Botany: or a familiar introduction To the Study of the Natural System of Botany
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Ladies' Botany: or a familiar introduction To the Study of the Natural System of Botany

By John Lindley

London: James Ridgeway and Sons A fair copy of the 2nd edition - undated but 1830's-40's, in the original cloth binding with 25 hand coloured plates. There is no indication that this is Part I, of Ladies' Botany, but it is the first volume of what later became a 2 volume set. It became a classic work, setting out, through a series of letters, how the plant world could be explained to children. This copy is classed as 'fair' because there is a lot of foxing to the text and offsetting from the plates to the text - particularly at Plate 9, which has strong red colouration. The tissue-guard to the frontispiece is very browned. The plates are generally cleaner - the plate paper has light toning. The binding is in good sound condition having had a fairly recent repair to relay the spine and provide new endpapers. The gilt titles to the spine are faded and there is a little marking to the boards. 302pp including index, with publisher's catalogue to the rear.

$58.69

thirty eight plates with explanations intending to illustrate Linnaeus's system of vegetables and particularly adapted to the letters on the elements of botany
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thirty eight plates with explanations intending to illustrate Linnaeus's system of vegetables and particularly adapted to the letters on the elements of botany

By Thomas Martyn

London: B White and Son, 1788 A very good copy, newly bound, with 38 beautiful hand coloured plates by F P Nodder. This work was produced to illustrate Letters on the Elements of Botany. The introduction states that 'these plates with their explanations may be considered an entire work' but notes that they are best studied with the letters and so each plate is cross referenced to the relevant text in the letters. Contents with 2 page publisher's listing at the rear. The binding has a cloth spine with title label and marbled boards and is in fine condition. The contents are bright and generally clean - the plant drawings are beautifully coloured and detailed. There is some browning to the edges of the pages but these are uncut and would normally have been cut down by the binder. There is the odd mark - and some plates where the strength of the colour shows through to the reverse. A nice copy.

$260.86

The Transactions of the Linnean Society of London. 2nd Ser. Bot. Vol I, pt 3
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The Transactions of the Linnean Society of London. 2nd Ser. Bot. Vol I, pt 3

By Frederick Currey, Alfred W Bennett, W A Leighton, Francis Darwin

London: Taylor and Francis for the Linnean Society, and Longmans, Green, Reader and Dyer, 1876 A very good copy of Vol I, pt 3 of the 2nd Series - Botany, in the original blue paper wrap. With papers on 'A collection of fungi made by Mr Sulpiz Kurz, [Calcultta]'; flower stalk growth (2 papers); new British Lichens; and 'the Hygroscopic Mechanism by which certain Seeds are enabled to bury themselves in the ground'. With 4 colour and 1 black and white plate. Wrap complete with a little marking to the front. Contents very bright and clean. Text pages largely unopened.

$20.87

The Anatomy of Vegetables Begun. With a General Account of Vegetation Founded thereon
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The Anatomy of Vegetables Begun. With a General Account of Vegetation Founded thereon

By Nehemiah Grew

London: Printed for Spencer Hickman, Printer to the R. Society, at the Rose in S Pauls Church-Yard, 1672 A good to very good copy in new full leather binding. With 3 black and white folding plates at the rear. Nehemiah Grew is known as the 'Father of Plant Anatomy'. This book, the culmination of 6 years work, was first delivered as a paper to the Royal Society and then subsequently published in 1672. This copy lacks the page containing the Royal Society Permission for Publication but is otherwise complete. The new full leather binding is in fine condition, with raised bands to spine and silver titles. There are new endpapers and a new initial blank. The title page has an old small ink inscription to the reverse. Contents: Dedication to the Royal Society 1pp; Letter to The Right Rev John , Lord Bishop of Chester 7pp; Preface 4 pp; contents summary 11 pp; latin preliminary 2pp; corrections and additions 1pp; text p1-186 (last page mis-paginated); 3 folding plates; half title - Explication of the Figures 15pp; Finis; original blank. The initial pages, particularly the dedications have some marking, and there is a light stain to the bottom outer page corners (margin only) affecting a few pages at the beginning and the end. Plate 2 has a small nick (? worming) to the top not affecting the figures. Contents otherwise in good to very good clean condition. A scarce and important work.

$847.80

Letters on the Elements of Botany. Addressed to a Lady. By the Celebrated J J Rousseau. Translated into English, with Notes and Twenty-Four additional letters, fully explaining the system of Linnaeus. With Thirty-Eight Plates, with Explanations; intended to illustrate Linnaeus' System of Vegetables, and particularly adapted to the Letters on the Elements of Botany
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Letters on the Elements of Botany. Addressed to a Lady. By the Celebrated J J Rousseau. Translated into English, with Notes and Twenty-Four additional letters, fully explaining the system of Linnaeus. With Thirty-Eight Plates, with Explanations; intended to illustrate Linnaeus' System of Vegetables, and particularly adapted to the Letters on the Elements of Botany

By Thomas Martyn

LONDON : John White, 1807 A very good copy of Rousseau's Letters translated and explained by Professor Thomas Martyn, 7th corrected and improved edition bound with Thirty-Eight plates, also by Thomas Martyn, 1794. In newer half leather binding with title label to spine and marbled boards. Page edges marbled. Letters is 503 pp plus index sections, with folding table outlining Linnaeus' system. The Thiry-Eight plates, a complete work in itself with separate title page, but prepared to link with the Letters, is 72 pp with 38 beautiful hand coloured plates by Nodder. The binding is in very good condition with a little scuffing to the spine. The contents are generally in very good condition with nice clean text pages. The plates are clean and brightly coloured. There is a small stain which affects the bottom left hand corner of plates 36-8, not affecting images.

$495.63

Popular History of the Palms and their Allies
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Popular History of the Palms and their Allies

By Berthold Seemann

London : Lovell Reeve, 1856 A very good to near fine copy of the rarest title in Lovell Reeve's Popular History series. Seemann was a botanist who made his name when he was appointed naturalist (on the recommendation of W J Hooker) to HMS Herald for the Kellett voyage of exploration to the American West Coast and Pacific. The series, aimed primarily at younger readers as an informed introduction to natural history, varies greatly in the quality of its authors as the publishers set strict budget limits on publication costs. In recent quarter leather binding with raised bands, gilt compartments, and gilt titles to spine and marbled boards. New endpapers. With 20 high quality colour printed plates. 17 x 13.5 cms. There is browning to page edges and the odd light mark, but otherwise this is a very good internally. A lovely book.

$652.15

British Wild Flowers
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British Wild Flowers

By Mrs Loudon

LONDON: William S Orr & Co, 1846 A poor copy of this beautiful work with 60 hand coloured plates. Classed as poor because the title page is missing; the binding is poor - in marked plain cloth and beginning to detach; and there is a little marking internally. The pagination matches our other 2nd edition copy so this is presumed as second, dated to 1846. The plates are in good condition - there is some brown spotting to edges, and around 3 have a darkened section, again at the edge not affecting the flower image (we have noticed only one plate with a light mark affecting the flower). All have tissue guards - one guard is torn and one has a small hole - most guards have marking. A few text pages have a little marking and p 117 has a repaired tear to the top margin. The final index page has a small hole at the top. This copy would be well worth rebinding.

$456.51

Wild Fruits of the Country-side, figured and described
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Wild Fruits of the Country-side, figured and described

By Edward Hulme

London: Hutchinson and Co., 1907 A fair copy in the original red gilt decorated binding with numerous illustrations. The binding has a gilt picture of leaves and berries on the front board and gilt titles to the board and spine. The board edges have been rounded. Classed as 'fair' because the binding has a worn and faded spine and some scuffing to boards; it is also slightly shaken. The contents are very nice and clean. A comprehensive and informative work.

$26.09

A History of the Vegetable Kingdom
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A History of the Vegetable Kingdom

By William Rhind

Glasgow, Edinburgh and London : Blackie & Son, 1855 A fair copy of the reissued edition with additional plates, in contemporary full leather binding. With black and white frontispiece portrait; black and white vignette title page; 22 hand coloured and 18 black and white full page plates as called for. The binding has raised bands and gilt tooling to the spine and a red title label. The boards have gilt tooling to edges and blinds stamped designs. Page edges and endpapers are marbled. The binding is rubbed with wear to spine joints and all edges, but is sound and handsome. There are 3 ink signatures to the reverse of the fep and to a blank preliminary. The endpapers have wear at the joints. The text, with black and white illustrations is generally very clean with the occasional light spot. There is a light stain which is evident from the frontispiece through to the end of the black and white plates which is in the upper margin just extending out from the gutter. These plates have occasional spotting - mostly to margins. The colour plates have some offsetting from the plate to the reverse of the previous plate and the paper is slightly toned; there is occasional light grubbiness and a few plates have some small pin prick marks at the edges. Some titles at the top of the plates have been slightly trimmed when the pages were cut.

$143.47

Greenhouse Favourites. A description of choice greenhouse plants, with practical directions for their Management and Cultivation
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Greenhouse Favourites. A description of choice greenhouse plants, with practical directions for their Management and Cultivation

By [Shirley Hibberd. Editor]

LONDON: Groombridge and Sons A VG copy in the original green decorative cloth binding with gilt plant pictures and titles to front board and spine, and blind stamped decoration to rear board. The boards have bevelled edges. This work is generally attributed to Shirley Hibberd. It is clear from the Preface that it contains work from a number of authors, so it is likely that Hibberd had the editorial role. A number of the colour plates appear in 1870's copies of the Floral World - again edited by Hibberd. It is undated but is probably late 1870's/early1880's. With title page in red and black inks; colour printed frontispiece and 35 further colour printed plates, and numerous black and white illustrations - some full page. The binding is slightly shaken with a little bumping to corners and wear to edges including spine joint edges. The original endpapers are present. The contents are generally very clean apart from the very occasional brown spot. Some of the plant outlines can be seen faintly on the reverse of the plate. All the plates are tissue guarded - some of the guards are browned. This was an expensive production - on thick good quality paper. A beautiful work.

$391.29

Traite de la Culture des Pechers
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Traite de la Culture des Pechers

By [Combles, Ch.J.De]

Paris, Rue S Jacques: Chez la Delaguette; Chez le Prieur, 1750 Second revised and enlarged edition of this popular work on the cultivation of peach trees. First published in 1745. Earliest French book entirely about the cultivation and management of peaches. In contemporary full leather binding with title label, raised bands and gilt compartments to spine. The binding is sound with some wear. Internally there is a small label pasted to the front pastedown and eividence of some writing on the fep. The contents otherwise are in VG and clean condition. 198 pages plus notes on 'Privil du Roi' at the rear.

$143.47

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