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Print: Child bending over bag(?)
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Print: Child bending over bag(?)

By Vanderbilt, Gloria

Signed lower right by the artist in pen. 18 x 14 inches. Framed and glazed. Signed lower right by the artist in pen. 18 x 14 inches. Inscribed on lower left " For Darling Isabel (Leighton) Love at Christmas Always Gloria."

$750.00

Mesmerism and Its Opponents: with a Narrative of Cases
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Mesmerism and Its Opponents: with a Narrative of Cases

By SANDBY, George, M.A.

London: Longman Brown, Green & Longmans, 1844. First Edition. x, 278, 32, ads. pp. 12mo. Publisher's brown cloth. Very Good. First Edition. x, 278, 32, ads. pp. 12mo.

$400.00

"Dances at a Gathering" Watercolor painting of Eula's costume designs for New York City Ballet Master Jerome Robbins' 1969 ballet set to the music of Frédéric Chopin
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"Dances at a Gathering" Watercolor painting of Eula's costume designs for New York City Ballet Master Jerome Robbins' 1969 ballet set to the music of Frédéric Chopin

By (Costume Design) Eula, Joe

New York, 1969. Watercolor on paper. 1 vols. 18 x 23-1/2 inches. Framed,very good/fine. Watercolor on paper. 1 vols. 18 x 23-1/2 inches. 'DANCES AT A GATHERING'. Illustrious American fashion illustrator, Joseph "Joe Eula (1925-2004), is best known for his work as the creative director at Halston during the 1970's. In 1968, however, Eula's work in American theater garnered him a Tony Award for the Broadway production of Private Lives. His later work in costume design for Jerome Robbins and the New York City Ballet includes Dances at a Gathering (1969) and costumes for The Goldberg Variations.

$1250.00

Typed letter signed Tennessee Williams ("10") to ("Dear Danny")
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Typed letter signed Tennessee Williams ("10") to ("Dear Danny")

By Williams, Tennessee

n.p., 5/16/70. 1p. typed with date in holograph, signature and date in pink crayon. 8-1/2 x 11 inches. Old folds and wrinkles, light toning, leaf edges with some minor chips not affecting text or signature, else very good. 1p. typed with date in holograph, signature and date in pink crayon. 8-1/2 x 11 inches. 'I RETURNED FROM THE MAD-HOUSE HUNGRY FOR A TINY BIT OF AFFECTION...'. An poignant letter, tinged with accusatory sentiment but ending in a thinly veiled hope for reconciliation, probably to Danny Stirrup, a friend and Key West architect who had worked on Williams' home. In our letter, Williams' references the construction of the gazebo at his Key West residence, which he dubbed "the Jane Bowles Summer-house," after the death of playwright, Jane Bowles. He also mentions his caretaker, "Fontis" (Frank Fontis), an enigmatic figure in the Keys, whose grisly murder in 1979, still remains unsolved. The letter is signed "10", Williams' intimate signature, which was short for "Tenn." Reading: "I waited as long as I could for some word from you about the erection of the Jane Bowles Summer-house which I want to sit and meditate for a while in before I leave for my summer abroad from which I may not return like a swallow of Capistrano. And so last night, not having up till that point, heard any word from you, asked Fontis to put it up with a good carpenter and a very simple little Gothic, not Byzantine, design that we'd drawn a a bar-table. He will start it on Monday and the top estimate is $1700. which is below the amount that an experienced architect would or should accept but all I wish to expend on the project as it will serve only as a room for bridge-playing and for solitary reflection upon the madness of the world. / I have not talked to anyone but you about the cause of the interruption of our long friendship. But now I will. It can be said very simply. I returned from the mad-house hungry for a tiny bit of affection, tenderness, sympathy, understanding, none of which were offered and they were necessary to me as the air I breathe. Then, being a tiger, I turned, for tigers will turn on mortal adversaries at last. / That's it and that's all. Forget me, Don Quixote, if you choose to, or remember me as a loyal and patient friend to those who are friends and i still believe you are one. / The best of luck with your important project in palm Beach. / Love, 10".

$1250.00

Autograph letters signed Fanny Lily Gypsey Davenport ("Fanny Davenport") chiefly to Author and Editor Edward Bok ("Dear Mr. Bok")
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Autograph letters signed Fanny Lily Gypsey Davenport ("Fanny Davenport") chiefly to Author and Editor Edward Bok ("Dear Mr. Bok")

By (Theater) Davenport, Fanny Lily Gypsey

various places, 1887. 27 letters [81 pp.] pen and ink on paper, chiefly on personal monogrammed letterhead, with several signatures penned as an afterthought, on top of the initial text. Various sizes of 8vo. Very good/fine. 27 letters [81 pp.] pen and ink on paper, chiefly on personal monogrammed letterhead, with several signatures penned as an afterthought, on top of the initial text. Various sizes of 8vo. An extensive archive in Davenport's scrawling hand, chiefly to Pulitzer Prize-winning author and editor, Edward Bok, during his tenure as editor of The Brooklyn Magazine, discussing current and future articles and writing projects for submission. Bok was also the noted editor of the Ladies Home Journal for 30 years and is credited with coining the term "living room" for the room once commomnly known as a parlour. Fanny Lily Gipsey Davenport (1850-1898) was an English born, American stage actress from a theatrical family that included her father, Edward Loomis Davenport, and her mother, Fanny Vining Davenport, as well as several siblings, all of whom were actors. She started on the stage at 7 years old and continued to tread the boards until several months before her death in 1898.

$1250.00

The Cabinet-Makers London Book of Prices, and Designs of Cabinet-Work in Perspective
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The Cabinet-Makers London Book of Prices, and Designs of Cabinet-Work in Perspective

By (Furniture) London Society of Cabinet-Makers

London: Sold at the White Swan, Shoe Lane, and the Black Boy, St. Martin's Lane, 1788. First edition. Additional engraved allegorical title and 20 copper-engraved plates (sixteen after Thomas Shearer). [xvi], 143, [1], [4, Price of Doors, Extra Prices of Doors] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Recent quarter calf, red morocco spine label, marbled boards. Dust-soiling to plates, some marginal dust-soiling and spotting and small losses to a few blank corners of letterpress leaves, bookplate. First edition. Additional engraved allegorical title and 20 copper-engraved plates (sixteen after Thomas Shearer). [xvi], 143, [1], [4, Price of Doors, Extra Prices of Doors] pp. 1 vols. 4to. First edition of this work by the journeymen cabinet-makers of London, which lists prices and provides designs for common furniture forms of the period. Subsequent editions followed. This edition is scarce on the market, with no copies appearing at auction since 1981.

$2500.00

The Cabinet-Maker's Guide: or Rules and Instructions in the art of varnishing, dying, staining, japanning, polishing, lackering and beautifying wood, ivory, tortoise-shell, and metal. With observations on their management and application
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The Cabinet-Maker's Guide: or Rules and Instructions in the art of varnishing, dying, staining, japanning, polishing, lackering and beautifying wood, ivory, tortoise-shell, and metal. With observations on their management and application

By [Siddons, G.A.]

Greenfield, Mass: Ansel Phelps, 1825. First American edition, reprinted from a London edition. 108 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Publisher's lettered boards, with ad on lower board. Nicely rebacked and re-cornered with sheep at an early date. Pen starts and old notes on flyleaves, ownership signature of Ezra Coldham. First American edition, reprinted from a London edition. 108 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. The first furniture finisher's manual published in America, with recipes and lists of requisite tools and implements. Uncommon and interesting. Not in American Imprints. Rink 1793

$5000.00

Engraved pattern book of cast brass furniture fittings and other hardware
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Engraved pattern book of cast brass furniture fittings and other hardware

By (Furniture Brasses) Harcourt, R., & Sons

Birmingham, 1830. 163 engraved plates (irregularly numbered 1 to 278). 1 vols. Oblong 4to (13 x 9 inches). Quarter brown leather and boards, with the same printed index B-W on front and back pastedowns. worn. 163 engraved plates (irregularly numbered 1 to 278). 1 vols. Oblong 4to (13 x 9 inches). Rare engraved early nineteenth century brassfounder's trade catalogue with the manufacturer's name given (usually not noted in such a work). While the actual catalogue appears to be ca. 1820-1830, some of the actual copper plates would appear to have been engraved somewhat earlier, ca. 1800-1810 Plates present : 1,11, 17, 19, 26, 29, 31, 33, 37. 39, 41, 47, 59, 65, 66, 74, 75, 79,80, 84, 86, 90, 98,99, 101, 102, 105,111, 112, 116, 117, 118, 125, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 134, 136, 137, 138, 140, 141, 142, 143, 145, 147, 149, 152, 163-190, 192-196, 199-203, 205-222, 224, 226, 227, 230, 230A, 231, 232, 234, 235, 240, 241, 242, 242A, 243-248, 248A, 249, 250, 253, 254-265, 267-278.

$6500.00

[Pattern Cards for Fly Tying materials:] Veniard Special Dyes & Guide for Dyed Goods [and:] Veniard Tinsels [and:] Pearsall's Silks. Superfine, Gossamer, Naples, Marabou
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[Pattern Cards for Fly Tying materials:] Veniard Special Dyes & Guide for Dyed Goods [and:] Veniard Tinsels [and:] Pearsall's Silks. Superfine, Gossamer, Naples, Marabou

By (Fly Tying)

Thornton Heath, [n.d., mid-20th century]. 40 sample dyed hackles, mounted on printed title card; 26 samples of tinsels; 30 swatches of silk. 1 vols. Narrow agenda 8vo. Card folders. Fine. In a cloth-backed folding conservation folder. 40 sample dyed hackles, mounted on printed title card; 26 samples of tinsels; 30 swatches of silk. 1 vols. Narrow agenda 8vo. Attractive clutch of ephemera from the premier British fly tying material supplier, samples of specialty dyes for hackles, tinsels, and from a noted supplier of colored silks.

$500.00

Histoire du Ballet Russe depuis les Origines jusqu'a nos jours
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Histoire du Ballet Russe depuis les Origines jusqu'a nos jours

By Lifar, Serge

Paris: Nagel, 1950. First Edition. 32 heliogravures. 322 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Black cloth. Fine in very good printed dust jacket (tape repairs along top and bottom edges). First Edition. 32 heliogravures. 322 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed. Inscribed on the half title, "A Mon Ami Raul Apold grand ami du Ballet Russe, du Ballet de l'Opera de Paris, aves mes souhaits pour le 'Ballet Argentin' En souvenir d'Icare, du 'Faune', et de 'Phedre' Serge Lifar"; with a drawing of dancers dated "B.A. 1950" by Lifars.

$300.00

The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book. In Three Parts
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The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book. In Three Parts

By Sheraton, Thomas (1751-1806)

London: Printed by Thomas Bensley, 1793. Engraved frontispiece and 65 copper-engraved plates (a few double page and folding). xxxii, [5]-446, [1, errata] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Old calf, rebacked. Some foxing to plates, title and a few other leaves browned, a few marginal repairs, binding shelfworn, about very good. Engraved frontispiece and 65 copper-engraved plates (a few double page and folding). xxxii, [5]-446, [1, errata] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Provenance: Edward Mundy, Esq of Shipley Derbyshire (armorial bookplate); "Carolus Guliet: Knight" (ownership signature inked to title)

$1000.00

The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide; Or, Repository of Designs for Every Article of Household Furniture
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The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide; Or, Repository of Designs for Every Article of Household Furniture

By [Hepplewhite, George]; A. Hepplewhite and Co., Cabinet-Makers

London: I. and J. Taylor, 1789. Second edition. With 127 copper-engraved plates after George Hepplewhite. [vi], 24 pp. 1 vols. Folio. Quarter red morocco and marbled boards. Foxing to title, some mostly marginal dust-soiling and spotting to plates, repaired tear to plate 46, corner of front board bumped and some rubbing to leather. Second edition. With 127 copper-engraved plates after George Hepplewhite. [vi], 24 pp. 1 vols. Folio. Second edition, published a year after the first, with slight revisions and one additional plate (9 bis). With Chippendale and Sheraton, one of the three great pattern books of the 18th century: "No compendium of furniture designs had appeared since 1762, when Thomas Chippendale issued the third edition of his Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. In publishing the Hepplewhite Guide the Taylors were filling a yawning gap ... The preface adopts a modest tone: 'To unite elegance and utility, and blend the useful with the agreeable, has ever been considered a difficult but an honourable task.' It stressed the Guide's utility to 'the mechanic', to 'young workmen in general, and occasionally to more experienced ones'" (ODNB). Provenance: John Croft Deverell (armorial bookplate)

$5000.00

The American Builders' Companion; or, a System of Architecture, Particularly Adapted to the Present Style of Building ... Illustrated with Sixty-Three Copperplate Engravings
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The American Builders' Companion; or, a System of Architecture, Particularly Adapted to the Present Style of Building ... Illustrated with Sixty-Three Copperplate Engravings

By Benjamin, Asher

Boston: R.P. & C. Williams, 1826. Fifth edition, corrected and enlarged. 63 engraved plates (nos. 1-58, A-E) by Snyder, Wightman, & Fox after drawings by the author. 106, [2, ads] pp. 4to. Contemporary tree calf, red morocco spine label. An exceptional copy, with only occasional foxing and toning, old repair to closed tear on pp. 47-8. Small bookplate. Fifth edition, corrected and enlarged. 63 engraved plates (nos. 1-58, A-E) by Snyder, Wightman, & Fox after drawings by the author. 106, [2, ads] pp. 4to. The fifth edition of Asher Benjamin's second book, first published in 1806. "[It] became the principal source for the Federal style for carpenters across the eastern half of the United States. Technically the plates were far superior to those in [Benjamin's first book] The Country Builder's Assistant, and the work was much broader in scope, including Roman versions of the five orders but also novel variants of capitals and bases. Plans and elevations included town houses, country houses, a courthouse, and a meetinghouse similar to Benjamin's Old West" (ANB). The preface, from the third edition, notes that sixteen plates of the first edition were removed and replaced by 29 new plates, "which almost make this a new work". Hitchcock 103

$1250.00

Miscellaneous Moods. [Editor's Foreword by Porter E. Sargent.]
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Miscellaneous Moods. [Editor's Foreword by Porter E. Sargent.]

By Vedder, Elihu

Boston: Porter E. Sargent 50 Congress Street, 1914. First Edition, COPY NUMBER ONE, PUBLISHER'S COPY, OF 100 of the Edition de Luxe printed for Subscribers. Illus with frontispiece and 8 other tipped in plates. printed at the Four Seas Press Boston and Norwood. 4to. Bound in full japan vellum, paper label on spine. uncut. Almost Fine. First Edition, COPY NUMBER ONE, PUBLISHER'S COPY, OF 100 of the Edition de Luxe printed for Subscribers. Illus with frontispiece and 8 other tipped in plates. printed at the Four Seas Press Boston and Norwood. 4to. COPY NUMBER ONE, WITH DRAWING TO PUBLISHER. Inscribed with a drawing in pencil and crayon incorporated on the ffep, "To Porter E. Sargent His Book No. 1 Elihu Vedder."

$950.00

Thirty Personalities and a Self Portrait
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Thirty Personalities and a Self Portrait

By Lewis, Wyndham

London: Desmond Harmsworth, 1932. First edition, Number 156 of 200 signed by the artist. Title page/colophon with a 2 page introduction by Lewis. 30 of 31 plates LACKING A.J.A. Symons. Lithographs by Percy Wyndham Lewis. Folio. Original cream buckram and black paper over boards portfolio, with ties. First edition, Number 156 of 200 signed by the artist. Title page/colophon with a 2 page introduction by Lewis. 30 of 31 plates LACKING A.J.A. Symons. Lithographs by Percy Wyndham Lewis. Folio. Including: Mr Anthony Asquith ; James Joyce as "the hollow hatchet of the face of Mr. Joyce" ; the face destined to musical composition, and the splendors and miseries of conductorship, Constant Lambert; Augustus John; C.K. Chesterton; Desmond Harmsworth; Noel Coward; J.B. Priestly; Rebecca West and "lastly my own poor face." Morrow & Lafourcade A19 ("the last of three portfolios of Lewis's art published during his lifetime")

$1600.00

Manuel du Tourneur. Ouvrage dans lequel on enseigne aux amateurs la manière d'exécuter sur le tour à pointes, à lunettes, en l'air, à guillocher, à carré, à portraits [.] tout ce que l'art peut produire d'utile et d'agréable ..
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Manuel du Tourneur. Ouvrage dans lequel on enseigne aux amateurs la manière d'exécuter sur le tour à pointes, à lunettes, en l'air, à guillocher, à carré, à portraits [.] tout ce que l'art peut produire d'utile et d'agréable ..

By (Furniture) Bergeron, L.-E

Paris: Hamelin-Bergeron, 1816. Second, expanded edition. xxxii-50 [i.e. 509]; xi-[1]-542 pp. Atlas: first 8 plates with 9 hand-coloured figures per plate of wood grains; IX-XXXIX; Atlas Tome II, LVII plates, some folding. 96 plates in all. 3 vols. 4to (atlas); 8vo (text). Contemporary quarter tan calf (rubbed). Signed by the publisher opposite opposite title page of volume 1, and along title page margin as receipt of purchase for 60 fr. Text and plates clean and fresh. Atlas vol. rebacked preserving spine. Second, expanded edition. xxxii-50 [i.e. 509]; xi-[1]-542 pp. Atlas: first 8 plates with 9 hand-coloured figures per plate of wood grains; IX-XXXIX; Atlas Tome II, LVII plates, some folding. 96 plates in all. 3 vols. 4to (atlas); 8vo (text). Second edition of the definitive contemporary work on the lathe, originally published in 1792-96. The illustrations show wood turning machinery and tools, finished products, and hand-colored depictions of 72 varieties of wood grain. Brunet I-785; Ogden, Bibliography of Turning item 27

$900.00

Caricature of Ira and George Gershwin

By Hirschfeld, Al

[New York, 1981. No. 72 of an edition of 150. Etching, signed in pencil "Hirschfeld" (lower right), with penciled limitation lower left. 1 vols. 9-1/2 x 12-3/8 in. Matted and framed. No. 72 of an edition of 150. Etching, signed in pencil "Hirschfeld" (lower right), with penciled limitation lower left. 1 vols. 9-1/2 x 12-3/8 in.

$3000.00

An Essay on the Construction and Building of Chimneys. Including an Enquiry into the Common Causes of Their Smoking, and the Most Effectual Remedies for Removing so Intolerable a Nuisance ..
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An Essay on the Construction and Building of Chimneys. Including an Enquiry into the Common Causes of Their Smoking, and the Most Effectual Remedies for Removing so Intolerable a Nuisance ..

By Clavering, Robert

London: J. and J. Taylor, 1788. Second edition. Folding engraved frontispiece, 1 folding chart. [iv], 107, [1], 8 (catalogue) pp., with half-title. 8vo. Contemporary tree calf, rebacked, red morocco spine label. Corners rubbed, light toning and offsetting, repaired closed tear to frontispiece, 19th-century ownership inscription on front. Second edition. Folding engraved frontispiece, 1 folding chart. [iv], 107, [1], 8 (catalogue) pp., with half-title. 8vo. Second edition of a work often found bound with the third edition of Franklin's Observations on Smokey Chimneys (1793). First published in 1779, with editions in 1788 and 1793. "There is a certain truth in [Clavering's] criticism of esteemed and wordly architects from Vitruvius onwards, wo have designed and executed strong and elegant buildings without ever considering a fundamental 'conveniency' like heating and ventilation" (Harris). Harris 134; ESTC T164476 (3 copies)

$950.00

Tattoo. Secrets of a Strange Art, as Practiced among the Natives of the United States
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Tattoo. Secrets of a Strange Art, as Practiced among the Natives of the United States

By Parry, Albert

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1933. First edition. Illustrated with three color plates and black and white plates. Title page printed in blue and black. xii, 171 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Brown cloth, color printed spine label. Faint toning to end papers, else fine in almost very good dust jacket (spine panel faded). First edition. Illustrated with three color plates and black and white plates. Title page printed in blue and black. xii, 171 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. An important and well-illustrated early book on tattooing in America.

$500.00

The Cabinet Makers Assistant, embracing the most modern style of cabinet furniture ... [Designed, Drawn and Published by John Hall, Architect]
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The Cabinet Makers Assistant, embracing the most modern style of cabinet furniture ... [Designed, Drawn and Published by John Hall, Architect]

By (Furniture. American) Hall, John

Baltimore: Printed by John Murphy, 146 Market Street, 1840. First edition. Lithographic title-page, 40 pp., and 43 lithographic plates with 198 figures. Clean tears (no loss) in plates 3 and 36. 1 vols. Oblong 8vo (9 x 5-3/4 inches). Original mottled sheep, title stamped in gilt on upper cover. An early owner's name, Thomas Rice, appears in pencil on the penultimate rear blank flyleaf. Brown morocco backed folding box. First edition. Lithographic title-page, 40 pp., and 43 lithographic plates with 198 figures. Clean tears (no loss) in plates 3 and 36. 1 vols. Oblong 8vo (9 x 5-3/4 inches). The First American Furniture Pattern Book. A fine copy in the original binding of an extremely rare and important book. This is well known among furniture history scholars as the first American furniture pattern book. It has most recently been studied and written about by Thomas Gordon Smith, both in his introduction to the Dover reprint of Thomas King, Neo-classical furniture designs (NY, 1995) and in the introduction to the Acanthus Press reprint, John Hall and the Grecian Style in America (NY, 1996). The designs are what used to be known as "Empire" and are now, more correctly, being called "Grecian." Smith states: "Although his [Hall's] bold geometries and heavy scrolls have suffered well-intentioned misnomers such as "Pillar and Scroll", like King and many early 19th century contemporaries, Hall called his furniture "Grecian" and further distinguished it as "the present plain style of work." These abstract variations on classical themes are becoming recognized as the culminating expression of a half-century of exploration of archaeological form in the domestic environment. The undeniable popularity of this furniture in the mid-nineteenth century reflects the spread of culture in an increasingly self-confident and democratic society." - (T. King reprint, p. xii). A word about the book itself; it is extremely rare; most institutional copies are defective or not in their original bindings. Aside from the inevitable scattered foxing, which is light in any case, this is a really fine copy. There was a second edition of Hall's book in 1848. See also Bridgeman & Drury, Encyclopedia of Victoriana, p. 59 for a note. American Imprints 40-2903 locates three copies

$12500.00

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