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Les Éditions de Minuits

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1945
  • Condition: Original wrappers. Very Good
  • Edition: #1488 of 3735 total edition, this one of 1500 on vélin. N
Paris: aux Éditions de Minuit, 1945. #1488 of 3735 total edition, this one of 1500 on vélin. New impression after the German Occupation. Originally published in 1942. Edited by Pierre De Lescure et Vercors (i.e. Jean Bruller). 21 vols. 12mo. Original wrappers. Very Good. #1488 of 3735 total edition, this one of 1500 on vélin. New impression after the German Occupation. Originally published in 1942. Edited by Pierre De Lescure et Vercors (i.e. Jean Bruller). 21 vols. 12mo. With the additional volume Les Éditions de Minuit Historique et Bibliographie par Jacques Debû-Bridel (#1004).

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$ 450.00
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Not I, but Death

Rich, Adrienne Cecile

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1941
  • Condition: Green boards, white paper label on upper cover. Fine in glassine. Red half morocco slipcase and cloth chemise
  • Edition: First edition
Baltimore: Privately Printed by the J.W. Furst Company, 1941. First edition. 30 pp. On paper watermarked "Utopian". 1 vols. 12mo. Green boards, white paper label on upper cover. Fine in glassine. Red half morocco slipcase and cloth chemise. First edition. 30 pp. On paper watermarked "Utopian". 1 vols. 12mo. First edition of the poet's rare second book, a verse play privately printed by Rich's parents when she was only twelve years old, two years after they printed her first book, Ariadne. A fine copy.

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$ 15,000.00
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1914 and Other Poems

(Shackleton, Sir Ernest Henry) Brooke, Rupert

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1915
  • Condition: Original blue cloth, printed spine label, extra label tipped in at back. Wear to head of spine, some rubbing to boards, very goo
  • Edition: First edition of the poet's posthumous second book
London: Sidgwick & Jackson [Printed at the Complete Press, West Norwood], 1915. First edition of the poet's posthumous second book. Photogravure frontispiece portrait in profile view by Sherril Schell. 63 pp. 1 vols. Small 8vo. Original blue cloth, printed spine label, extra label tipped in at back. Wear to head of spine, some rubbing to boards, very good. First edition of the poet's posthumous second book. Photogravure frontispiece portrait in profile view by Sherril Schell. 63 pp. 1 vols. Small 8vo. Shackleton's copy. Shackleton's copy of Rupert Brooke's landmark collection, gifted to him shortly after the rescue of the crew of the Endurance. A gift inscription on the front free endpaper reads, "Ernest Shackleton/from/A. Martinez-Inez?/Montevideo/Oct 6, 1916", and the explorer's ownership signature appears on the back of the frontispiece. Shackleton was in Montevideo recovering from the long ordeal of his Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition, a planned attempt to make a land crossing of Antarctica, which would be the last great undertaking of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Shackleton not only failed to cross the continent, he didn't even reach the mainland. Instead, the party watched helplessly from an ice-floe as their ship was crushed by the ice. It was here that Shackleton "showed his supreme qualities of leadership. With five companions he made a voyage of 800 miles in a 22-foot boat through some of the stormiest seas in the world, crossed the unknown lofty interior of South Georgia, and reached a Norwegian whaling station on the north coast. After three attempts Shackleton succeeded (30 August 1916) in rescuing the rest of the Endurance party and bringing them to South America" (ODNB); not a single man was lost. Shackleton remained in South America where he and his crew were feted-- and where this copy of Brooke's poems was presented to him-- until departing in late October 1916 to rescue the stranded crew of the Auorora, the second ship involved in the expedition. Keynes 6; Hayward, English Poetry, 32; NCBEL, IV, p. 241. Provenance: Sir Ernest Shackleton (gift inscription on f.f.e.p., ownership signature to reverse of frontispiece); Granville Terry Nicholson (bookplate)

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$ 6,500.00
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The Professor by Currer Bell

[Bronte, Charlotte]

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1857
  • Condition: Contemporary half calf and marbled boards. Bookplate of H. Morley Fletcher by John D. Batten, 1890. Faint ghost of gift inscript
  • Edition: First edition, with half-titles, 8 pages of ads for uniform edit
London: Smith and Elder, 1857. First edition, with half-titles, 8 pages of ads for uniform edition of earlier works by the Brontes at end of vol. II. 2 vols. 8vo. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards. Bookplate of H. Morley Fletcher by John D. Batten, 1890. Faint ghost of gift inscription to verso of half title. Very good plus, an attractive copy. First edition, with half-titles, 8 pages of ads for uniform edition of earlier works by the Brontes at end of vol. II. 2 vols. 8vo. Smith 7; Parrish, p 96; Wolff 827; Sadleir 347; Ashley I: 74

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$ 4,000.00
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Soldiers' Pay

Faulkner, William

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1926
  • Condition: Original blue cloth, stamped in yellow. Minor wear to stamping else fine . Ownership signature on title-page of Matilda Humphrey
  • Edition: First edition of the author's first book
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1926. First edition of the author's first book. 319, [1]pp. 8vo. Original blue cloth, stamped in yellow. Minor wear to stamping else fine . Ownership signature on title-page of Matilda Humphreys. First edition of the author's first book. 319, [1]pp. 8vo. FIRST BOOK. Petersen A2.1

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$ 700.00
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If There Were No Books, There Would Be No ..

Robinson, Alan James

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 2019
  • Condition: Cloth portfolio. As new
  • Edition: One of 26 lettered copies, with plates signed by the artist and
Cheloniidae Press, 2019. One of 26 lettered copies, with plates signed by the artist and with two additional plates hand colored by the artist. Suite of 24 plates (12 broadsides and 12 drawings) from relief etchings by Alan James Robinson, printed by Arthur Larson on Crane Lettra. 1 vols. Folio. Cloth portfolio. As new. One of 26 lettered copies, with plates signed by the artist and with two additional plates hand colored by the artist. Suite of 24 plates (12 broadsides and 12 drawings) from relief etchings by Alan James Robinson, printed by Arthur Larson on Crane Lettra. 1 vols. Folio. Illustrations by Alan James Robinson inspired by classic works of literature, exploring the imagination and the world of books. Robinson interprets the concept "If there were no books, there would be no" ... Alice in Wonderland, for example, nor many others, including works by Poe, Melville, nor creations such as Huck Finn, the Hound of the Baskervilles, Unicorns, Hamlet and Ophelia, The Call of the Wild, Coleridge's Ancient Mariner, and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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$ 2,950.00
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Walt Whitman the Prophet-Poet

Sawyer, Roland D.

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1913
  • Condition: Full purple morocco lettered in gilt on spine, a.e.g., "Gov. Charles Edison Library" stamped in gilt to turn in of fro
Boston: Richard G. Badger, The Gorham Press, 1913. 76 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Full purple morocco lettered in gilt on spine, a.e.g., "Gov. Charles Edison Library" stamped in gilt to turn in of front board. Some fading to spine. 76 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. From the library of Charles Edison. From the library of Charles Edison (1890-1969), son of Thomas A. Edison and Governor of New Jersey from 1941-1944.

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$ 200.00
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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Hodgins, Eric

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1946. First edition. Illustrated by William Steig. 1 vols. 8vo. Cloth. Fine in almost fine dj. First edition. Illustrated by William Steig. 1 vols. 8vo.

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$ 300.00
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Ariadne. A Play in Three Acts and Poems

Rich, Adrienne Cecile

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1939
  • Condition: Original printed wrappers, glassine dust jacket. Slight toning to lower margin of wrappers, otherwise a fine copy, housed in red
  • Edition: First edition
[Baltimore: Privately Printed by the J. H. Furst Company], 1939. First edition. 59 pp, on laid paper watermarked "Hamilton Kilmory". 8vo. Original printed wrappers, glassine dust jacket. Slight toning to lower margin of wrappers, otherwise a fine copy, housed in red half morocco slipcase and cloth chemise. First edition. 59 pp, on laid paper watermarked "Hamilton Kilmory". 8vo. Her first book, published at age 10. First edition of the poet's extremely rare first book, privately printed by her parents when she was just ten years old. Adrienne Rich's father was the head of the pathology department at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and her mother was a concert pianist and composer. Rich was home-schooled until she entered fourth grade, and her first two books - Ariadne and Not I, But Death - are a testament to the mixed blessing of her birth and upbringing, the special care and tutelage of her parents, her father's fierce ambition for his daughter, and his pride in her precocious promise. Rich would disown both books. In 1971, in her essay "When We Dead Awaken", Rich wrote: "My own luck was being born white and middle-class into a house full of books, with a father who encouraged me to read and write. So for about twenty years I wrote for a particular man, who criticized and praised me and made me feel I was indeed 'special.' The obverse of this, of course, was that I tried for a long time to please him, or rather, not to displease him." - from Arts of the Possible. Essays and Conversations. (N. Y.: Norton, 2001) p. 15. In her essay, "Split at the Root: An Essay on Jewish Identity", Rich reflected at greater length on her relationship with her father: "My father was an amateur musician, read poetry, adored encyclopedic knowledge. He prowled and pounced over my school papers, insisting I use 'grown-up' sources; he criticized my poems for faulty technique and gave me books on rhyme and meter and form. His investment in my intellect and talent was egotistical, tyrannical, opinionated, and terribly wearing. He taught me, nevertheless, to believe in hard work, to mistrust easy inspiration, to write and rewrite; to feel that I was a person in the book, even though a woman; to take ideas seriously. He made me feel, at a very young age, the power of language and that I could share in it." Reflecting on her relationship with her father, Rich realized its nature, its costs and consequences: "I wanted him to cherish and approve of me, not as he had when I was a child, but as the woman I was, who had her own mind and made her own choices. This, I finally realized, was not to be; Arnold demanded absolute loyalty, absolute submission to his will. In my separation from him, in my realization at what price that once-intoxicating approval had been bought, I was learning in concrete ways a great deal about patriarchy, in particular how the 'special' woman, the favored daughter, is controlled and rewarded." - "Split at the Root: An Essay on Jewish Identity" (1982), in Blood, Bread and Poetry. Selected Prose 1979-1985. (N.Y.: Norton, 1994), pp. 113, 116. Neither book is generally known - and Rich does not mention either book in her most personal essays about her early life - and most bibliographies of Rich's work do not mention them. It is a measure of their obscurity that Amy Sickels, in her study of Adrienne Rich in the Gay and Lesbian Writers Series (Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House, 2005), devotes a chapter to "A Father's Ambition", and fails to mention either of these publications; nor are they mentioned in her Chronology of Rich's life or in the list of Rich's Works. Discussions of Rich's work invariably begin with her first published work, A Change of World, which W. H. Auden selected as the winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award during Rich's last year at Radcliffe, and Rich's own Collected Early Poems dates from 1950. Scholars, in other words, either are not aware of these works or appear to have followed the author's desire that her juvenile work be forgotten. We have no record of the number of copies printed, and given the rarity of Ariadne and Not I, But Death, it may well be that the author destroyed any remaining copies of them in later years. Both titles are extremely rare; no copies have appeared at auction, and only a small number are recorded in institutional collections.

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$ 17,500.00
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Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe

(Poe, Edgar Allan)

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1876
  • Condition: Faint vertical surface crease along left of image, light craquelure. In contemporary decorative gilt wood spandrel frame
[London Stereoscopic Company], 1876. Carte-de-visite albumen print. 5-1/8 x 4-1/4 inches (frame); 2-3/4 x 2-1/8 inches (visible image). Faint vertical surface crease along left of image, light craquelure. In contemporary decorative gilt wood spandrel frame. Carte-de-visite albumen print. 5-1/8 x 4-1/4 inches (frame); 2-3/4 x 2-1/8 inches (visible image). An albumen print copy of the lost "Stella" daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe. The original was taken in the summer of 1849, some four months before Poe's death. It is named after Sarah Ann Lewis, a mediocre poet who wrote under the pen name "Stella" and to whom Poe gave the daguerreotype. Her husband paid Poe to write favorable reviews of her work, an arrangement which caused Poe much angst. The original daguerreotype remained in Stella's possession for years; she eventually sold reproduction rights to the London Stereoscopic Company which produced albumen copies, as in the present example. On Stella's death in 1880 the photograph was bequeathed to Poe's English biographer, John Henry Ingram. His Poe collection was sold to the University of Virginia. The Stella daguerreotype was stolen in 1973 in part of a large heist of rare materials from the Alderman Library. Its whereabouts remain unknown. Daes 21

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$ 3,750.00
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Poems on Various Subjects

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1796
  • Condition: Bound in near contemporary mottled calf, spine neatly laid down. Booklabel
  • Edition: First Edition of Coleridge's first book of poems, with half-
London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinsons, and J. Cottle, Bookseller, Bristol, 1796. First Edition of Coleridge's first book of poems, with half-title and ads. xvi, 188, [1, errata], [1, ads] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Bound in near contemporary mottled calf, spine neatly laid down. Booklabel. First Edition of Coleridge's first book of poems, with half-title and ads. xvi, 188, [1, errata], [1, ads] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. First edition of Coleridge's first book of poems, including Charles Lamb's first appearance in print. Complete with half-title, errata and advertisements. "Like Spenser he is a poet's poet" (DNB). Preceding Lyrical Ballads by two years, Poems on Various Subjects was published by Cottle in April 1796 and contained four sonnets by Charles Lamb, marking his first appearance in print. With the seldom-found half-title, and errata and ad leaves at the end. "An important literary volume" (Rosenbach 29:108). Hayward 206; Wise, Coleridge 8; CBEL III:173; Lowndes I:493; OCEL I:319; Tinker 678; Roth (Lamb), pages 3-10

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$ 6,000.00
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Cwn Anwna (The Hounds of Hell)

Job, Thomas

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1928
  • Condition: Spine partially gone else Very Good, inernally fine
  • Edition: #24 of 375 copies
Minneapolis: Triskele Press, 1928. #24 of 375 copies. 4 full=page woodcuts. [8], xxxi, [5]pp. Small Folio. Spine partially gone else Very Good, inernally fine. #24 of 375 copies. 4 full=page woodcuts. [8], xxxi, [5]pp. Small Folio. Ransom p. 182-3

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$ 250.00
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By Order of the Brotherhood. A Story of Russian Intrigue By Le Voleur

[Carey, Roas Nouchette]

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1895
  • Condition: Printed wrappers. Wrappers solied and chipped, esle VG
  • Edition: Macmillan's Colonial Library
London: Macmillan, 1895. Macmillan's Colonial Library. 8vo. Printed wrappers. Wrappers solied and chipped, esle VG. Macmillan's Colonial Library. 8vo. Greene and Glover 63 (Colonial edition as here); Not in Wolff

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$ 200.00
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The Two Magics: The Turn of the Screw; Covering End

James, Henry

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1898
  • Condition: Full red morocco by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey, spine gilt, gilt dentelles, a.e.g., marbeld endpapers
  • Edition: First American edition
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1898. First American edition. 393, [1], [2 ad] pp. 8vo. Full red morocco by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey, spine gilt, gilt dentelles, a.e.g., marbeld endpapers. First American edition. 393, [1], [2 ad] pp. 8vo.

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$ 900.00
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Don Juan. Cantos VI.-VII.- AND VIII

Byron, Lord (George Gordon)

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1823
  • Condition: Uncut in the original drab gray boards, printed paper spine label. Spine rubbed
  • Edition: First edition, Large Paper issue
London: Printed for John Hunt, 1823. First edition, Large Paper issue. 184 pp. + one leaf ads. 1 vols. 8vo. Uncut in the original drab gray boards, printed paper spine label. Spine rubbed. First edition, Large Paper issue. 184 pp. + one leaf ads. 1 vols. 8vo. Wise 2, p. 5-6

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$ 750.00
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November Boughs

Whitman, Walt

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1888
  • Condition: Original green beveled cloth stamped in gilt, t.e.g
  • Edition: Only edition, third printing
Philadelphia: David McKay, 1888. Only edition, third printing. Portrait of Elias Hicks in text. Pp. 140, [1, ad]. 1 vols. 8vo. Original green beveled cloth stamped in gilt, t.e.g. Only edition, third printing. Portrait of Elias Hicks in text. Pp. 140, [1, ad]. 1 vols. 8vo. INSCRIBED BY HORACE TRAUBEL. Inscribed on the ffep: "To John Malone with the admiration of Horace Traubel Jul. 1896." "These sheets are probably the 400 copies printed in May, 1891. . . . It seems probable . . . that after Whitman's death his executors had these sheets and the remainder of Good-Bye My Fancy [a copy of which we also have on offer] bound in uniform, but separate, bindings." (BAL 21430, printing 3). BAL 21430 (printing 3, probably issued by the Executors in 1891); Myerson A12.3. Provenance : Charles Heartman Nov. 7, 1919 (as per pencil note at back)

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$ 900.00
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Sir Walter Scott related ms material

Scott, Walter

1830. Creased from prior folding. Anecdote of an ailing Sir Walter Scott drinking whiskey, as told by Adam Ferguson (3-1/2 pp. on folded sheet of blue paper, written in an unknown hand); 2 scraps of notes (11 lines) and an address in Scott's hand.

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$ 250.00
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Don Juan. Cantos XII.-XIII.- AND XIV

Byron, Lord (George Gordon)

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1823
  • Condition: Uncut in the original drab gray boards, printed paper spine label. Upper board detached, else fine. Morocco ex libris of Chaunce
  • Edition: First edition, Large Paper issue
London: Printed for John Hunt, 1823. First edition, Large Paper issue. 168 pp. 1 vols. 8vo (8-7/8 x 5-3/4 in. Uncut in the original drab gray boards, printed paper spine label. Upper board detached, else fine. Morocco ex libris of Chauncey Brewster Tinker. First edition, Large Paper issue. 168 pp. 1 vols. 8vo (8-7/8 x 5-3/4 in. Wise 2, p. 6-7

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$ 750.00
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Tales

(Fore-edge Painting) Crabbe, George

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1814
  • Condition: Contemporary straight-grained crimson morocco gilt, a.e.g. Cloth open-faced slipcase
  • Edition: Fifth edition
London: J. Hatchard, 1814. Fifth edition. xxii, [2], 398 pp. 8vo. Contemporary straight-grained crimson morocco gilt, a.e.g. Cloth open-faced slipcase. Fifth edition. xxii, [2], 398 pp. 8vo. Double-Fore-Edge Painting. With a skillful double fore-edge painting, one of Hornsey, Middlesex, the other of Hampstead Heath, both within decorative surround. Provenance: Jane Collins (contemporary ownership signature to title)

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$ 1,250.00
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The Mountains

Thomas, R.S.

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 1968
  • Condition: Quarter cloth and boards bound at the Cambridge University Press. Slipcase. Fine
  • Edition: One of 350 copies on mould-made paper from the Wookey Hole Mill
New York: Designed and printed by Will and Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press for the Chilmark Press, 1968. One of 350 copies on mould-made paper from the Wookey Hole Mill. Illustrated with ten drawings by John Piper engraved on the wood by Reynolds Stone. With a Descriptive Note by John Piper. Designed and printed by Will and Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, in the Palatino types designed by Hermann Zapf. 1 vols. 4to. Quarter cloth and boards bound at the Cambridge University Press. Slipcase. Fine. Stone, Reynolds. One of 350 copies on mould-made paper from the Wookey Hole Mill. Illustrated with ten drawings by John Piper engraved on the wood by Reynolds Stone. With a Descriptive Note by John Piper. Designed and printed by Will and Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, in the Palatino types designed by Hermann Zapf. 1 vols. 4to.

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$ 750.00

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