LIST 9                                                    MARCH 2017

1. [ALLEMAND DE MONTMARTIN, Mlle de]. GRISELDIS ou La Marquise de Salusses. Par Mademoiselle A. de M.  A Paris, Chez André Cailleau, MDCCXXIV [1724]. £650

FIRST EDITION. 12mo, pp. 80, [4] approbation and privilege; some light dustsoiling in places, but otherwise clean and fresh; in recent marbled wrappers.

Rare first edition of this retelling to the story of Griselda, attributed by Barbier to a Mlle de Allemand de Montmartin, presumably a relation of the early eighteenth century Bishop of Grenoble.


The tale of Griselda is a familiar one, told by Boccaccio, Petrarch and Chaucer, as well as in opera by Massenet, Vivaldi, and Bononcini. The author of this version, the avertissement tells us, ‘is a young person of fourteen or fifteen years, who has all the spirit one could wish for’. It continues: ‘La vielle Histoire de la patience de Griselidis imprimée en Gothique, & écrite d’un stile surané, avec la même Histoire mise en vers par M. Perrault luy ont servi de Mémoires, & de materiaux pour composer sa nouvelle Histoire. Elle y a même mis du sien, & c’est peut-être ce que le Lecteur trouvera le plus à son gré. Ce n’est aprés tout qu’une Traduction libre & assez amplifiée des deux Ouvages qu’on vient de nommer: mais c’est beaucoup encore, & sans doute plus qu’on de devoit attrendre d’un aussi jeune Auteur, qui fait son coup d’essay’. 

Barbier 7114; OCLC records only the copy at the BNF.


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2. [ANON]. LE VISIR, ou Histoire du Premier Ministre, favori du Roi de Kaboul; Contenant des Détails sur ses Ancêtres, sa Naissance, ses Voyages, ses Aventures, ses Amours; et sur les moyens qu’il a employés pour parvenir au plus haut degré de faveur et de puissance. Par J... K...t P. R. A Bassora,  Chez Ouzoun-Harou, A Paris, chez les Libraires Associés. 1820. £485

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [iv], iv, 255, [1] blank; small tear to lower corner of a couple of leaves, and some occasional spotting and browning, but otherwise clean throughout; in contemporary tree calf; spine gilt with green morocco lettering-piece; some light wear, but still an attractive copy.

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A good copy of this uncommon anonymous novel, not, alas, published in Basra. The book tells the tale of a French marquis whose parents decide that he would be better of seeking his fortune overseas. He travels to first to Basra and then to Kabul, where he is presented to the emperor of the Afghans, takes a government position, becomes embroiled in several ‘intrigues amoureuses’, and bears close witness to the fall of the emperor and the restoration of the King. Finally he is named Grand Vizier, before a scandal forces him into a contented domestic retirement.

The author remains unidentified.

OCLC records copies at Tulane, the BL, and the National Libraries of Spain, France, and Poland.


3. [ANTI-NAPOLEON]. SENTIMENTO DI UN TEOLOGO sopra il giuramento comandato dalla costituzione della Repubblica Romana che e’ il seguente. “Giuro odio alla Monarchia, ed all’Anarchia; e fedeltà ed attaccamento alla Rep., ed alla Costituzione:” Const. Rom. tit. 15 art. 367. Il giuramento in questione ha due parti. La prima domanda odio alla Monarchia, ed all’Anarchia. La seconda fedeltà, ed attaccamento alla Rep., ed alla Costituzioe. In Cesena, per gli eredi Biasini, MDCCXCIX [1799].

[bound with]: INDIRIZZO ALLI FRANCESI ovvero Protesta del Pievano di S. Niccolo`di Venezia. In Cesena MDCCXCIX [1799].

[bound with]: [GAZZOLA, Bonaventura]. RISPOSTA DEL VESCOVO DI CERVIA della Cesarea Regia Reggenza di Ravenna.  [Cesena,  1799]. £750


Three works in one volume, 8vo, pp. 56; 16; 72; some light foxing, and third work browned, but otherwise fresh; in contemporary half vellum, patterned coloured boards; paper label at foot of spine, and slight damage to lower cover, but still a very attractive copy. 

This collection of three vehemently anti-Napoleonic pamphlets, dealing particularly with the impact of the French occupation of Italy on Church property and monastic houses. 

The first pamphlet addresses an oath in the new Roman constution which swears a hatred of monarchy and anarchy, and loyalty to the Republic and the Constitution. The anonymous author first draws attention to the moral and theological prohibition on basing anything on hatred, especially that all three of monarchy, aristocracy and even democracy are forms of government instituted by God. He then goes on to discuss the ways in which loyalty to the Constitution are and are not compatible with ecclesiastical law, in the contexts of church property, religious orders, or even priestly celibacy. The sale of Church property and the suppression of the monasteries occupies the second half of the pamphlet, which is more polemical in tone: liberty and equality are ‘unitelligible, contradictory, and insane’, and the occupying French are to be lumped in with Wycliffe and Luther. 

The second pamphlet, by a priest at the Venetian church of S. Niccolo, addresses the same concerns in a less temperate fashion; textual analysis of the constutution is here replaced by a baleful address to the French, with their ‘stolta Libertà’ and their ‘pazza Egualianza’.  This pamphlet also appeared in a Venice printing of eight pages. The final work, by the Bishop of Cervia, Bonaventura Gazzola (1744-1832), rails against the ‘libertinaggio della Repubblica Idolatria’, while addressing the relationship between the religious authorities and the new secular powers, and the ways in which the Church can respond to the confiscation of properties and the removal of rights in a series of letters.

I. OCLC records one copy, at ARCO; II. OCLC records one copy, at Illinois; III. OCLC records copies at ARCO and Connecticut.


4. BACON, Francis.. FÖRSÖK UTI MORALISKA, POLITISKA och Ekonomiska Ämnen ... Öfversatta ifrån Engelskan af C.D. Skogman. Stockholm,  Tryckt hos Carl Deleen, 1821. £225

Second Swedish Translation.  8vo, pp. [vi], 242; some light foxing in places; in contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards, spine ruled in gilt with skiver lettering-piece; a good copy

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A good copy of the uncommon second Swedish translation of Bacon’s Essays.

The translation is the work of the civil servant and politician Carl David Skogman (1786-1856). Skogman is best known for his report on the role of savings banks in Britain, based on a year’s residence in the country, which led to the establishment of the first savings bank in Sweden in 1820.

Bacon’s Essays had previously been translated into Swedish by Nils Hufwedsson Dal in 1726-7; as with the previous version, Skogman’s translation is also somewhat abridged; Skogman notes at the end of the volume that essays on buildings and gardens are not included, as they are nowadays of lesser interest.

OCLC records just one copy, at the National Library of Sweden

5. BARTHE, Nicolas-Thomas. EPITRES SUR DIVERS SUJETS.  A Paris, Chez Lesclapart le jeune, quai de Gêvres. MDCCLXII [1762]. £550

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [iv], 67, [1] approbation; slight stain at head of first few leaves, but otherwise clean and fresh throughout; in recent marbled wrappers.


First edition of this collection of six letters in verse by the Marseille poet and playwright Nicolas-Thomas Barthe (1736-1785).

Each letter is addressed to a different recipient. The topics include Parisian mores (to the poet Paul-Alexandre Dulard); the influence of women on morality (to Mme du Boccage); cheerfulness (to Mesdames Seimandy); boredom (to Thémire); genius in relation to the fine arts (to Antoine-Léonard Thomas); and beauty in art and nature (to the Baron d’Aiguines).

This appears to be the first published work by Barthe; other works include La jolie femme, ou la Femme du jour (1769) and the 1771 comedy La Mêre jalouse.

OCLC records copies at Manchester, Zurich, Princeton, the Mazarine, and the BNF.


6. [CHOLERA]. [ESCARÈNE, Antonio Maria, Conte d’]. IL PRIMO SEGRETARIO DI STATO per gli affari interni.... Torino dalla Stamperia Reale, 1832. £225


FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 6, [2] blank; occasional spotting, but generally clean and crisp; in the original printed wrappers.

A lovely copy of this circular issued by Antonio Maria Escarène (or Escarena, 1771-1856), the newly appointed first secretary of state for internal affairs, advising the Turin public about the cholera epidemic that was soon to hit Piedmont, and seeking to refute a number of rumours that were circulating.

Escarène takes pains to reassure the public about the efficacy of the various measures put in place by the government to minimise the risks of infection, and to contradict claims that the causes of cholera lay not in nature but in a conspiracy against the people to contaminate food and drink with poisons; he attacks public ignorance, which he saw could lead to violence and unrest, and encourages calm.

OCLC records just one copy, at Illinois.


7. DAUPHIN, Citoyen de Verdun. LA DERNIERE HÉLOÏSE. Ou lettres de Junie Salisbury, recueillies et publiées par M. Dauphin Citoyen de Verdun. Premiere [-Seconde] Partie. A Paris,  MDCCLXXXIV [1784]. £400

FIRST EDITION. Two parts in one volume, 8vo, pp. [vi], 87, [1] blank, [ii], 89-207, [1] blank; with engraved frontispiece and two engraved plates by Quéverdo; plus woodcut headpieces and engraved vignettes to both title-pages; some foxing in places throughout; in contemporary tree calf; boards edged in gilt, spine ruled in gilt with gilt-lettered morocco label; some wear, especially to spine and hinges, but still an attractive copy, with the book-plate of the 8th Duke of Devonshire on front paste-down.


First edition of this epistolary novel, one of many that appeared in the aftermath of, and in imitation of Rousseau’s Julie, in this case designed both to appeal to the readership of that work, and to the current enthusiasm for all things English.

A brief note appears after the title page, signed by J.J. Rousseau, to say “Although I only here have the title of publisher, I have myself worked on this book, and I won’t hide the fact. Have I done it all, and is the entire correspondence a fiction? People of the world, what does it matter? It’s certainly a fiction to you”. Clearly, the long deceased Rousseau was not involved in any way. A second edition appeared in 1790, without the plates.

Gay/Lemonnyer, I, 856; OCLC records copies at Toronto, McGill, TCD, Canterbury (NZ), Berkeley, UC Irvine, Delaware, and Vanderbilt.


8. [DEPONS, J.M.]. DISCOURS SUR LES SCIENCES, Prononcé par le professeur des langues anciennes, à l’ouverture de l’année scolaire, an 10e. de la république française, à l’école centrale du Puy-de-Dôme. A Clermont, De l’imprimerie de Rousseat et Landriot, [1802]. £215

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [ii], 34, [1], [1] blank; some browning due to paper quality but otherwise clean; in contemporary blue wrappers, slight wear, with some staining to lower wrapper.

A good copy of this rare lecture on the progress of the sciences, broadly construed as both physical and moral, in France, marking the opening of the academic year at a provincial school.


Depons offers considerations which ‘auront pour objet la marche de l’esprit humain, chez les Français, depuis la renaissance des lettres ... Dans une matière aussi vaste, nous ne saisirons que ces traits caractéristiques que chaque siècle offre à son tour. L’unité de ce tableau consiste à comparer l’esprit avec lui-même. Le rège du goût, sous Louis XIV, précédant celui de la science, sous Louis XV, tel nous paroît avoir été l’ordre des progrès dont la France peut se glorifier, dans la carrière ouverte aux facultés de l’âme et de l’imagination’ (pp.2-3)

In a preface, the prefect of the département of Puy-de-Dôme praises Depons’ work, suggesting that if the écoles centrales continue to produce similar works, soon ‘professors, surrounded by their young pupils, would always be invested with the the esteem and the confidence of fathers’.

Not in OCLC.


9. DOUGLAS, Alexander. POEMS, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. Cupar-Fife,  1806. £300

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. xx, 203, [1] errata; some foxing and browning throughout; partially unopened in contemporary marbled boards with later pink paper spine preserving original lettering-piece; front free endpaper cropped; 20th century label (Doughty 13) on front paste-down;   somewhat worn, and extremities bumped 

First edition of this collection of poems in Scots by the little-known Fife poet Alexander Douglas.


Douglas was a weaver from the village of Strathmiglo, some 12 miles west of Cupar, where this volume was printed. While living in Kirkcaldy, the preface tells us, he encountered the works of Milton, Young, and others, ‘books which Douglas but little understood, and indeed could scarcely read but with the friendly aid of his companions’. The modest origins of the poet must, we gather, be taken into account when reading his work: ‘In perusing [the poems], the candid reader will consider the humble situation of the Poet, and his scanty means of improvement, and will chearfully make allowance for venial errors in the language of an unlettered Muse’. Nonetheless, Douglas presents an ambitious list of subscribers, mainly from Fife but as far away as Glasgow, including the Principals of St Mary’s College in St Andrews and of Edinburgh University, to whom seven copies were sent.

Among the works is First day of hairst, a lengthy poem with historical asides on Wallace and Robert the Bruce, and Peggy’s lament, in which the River Eden, otherwise strangely neglected in literature, has a starring role. A helpful glossary concludes the volume.

OCLC records physical copies at Glasgow and Edinburgh only, although there are also copies at St Andrews and Oxford.


10. [DUDEVANT, Louis-Hyacinthe?]. RÉPONSES AUX LETTRES CRITIQUES ET POLITIQUES, Sur les Colonies & le Commerce des Villes Maritimes de France, adressées à G.T. Raynal, par M. ***. Par un jeune Négotiant. A Geneve, Et se trouve à Bordeaux.  MDCCLXXVI [1786]. £1,450

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [ii], iv, 90; with woodcut vignette on title and woodcut headpiece; paper repair to bottom corner of first five leaves, but otherwise clean and crisp throughout; in later wrappers, with printed paper label on upper cover.

An interesting and spirited response to du Buc's letters written in criticism of Raynal, and defence of the merchants of Bordeaux and other French ports, possibly (according to Barbier) the work of the Bordeaux naturalist, sugar refiner, and poilitical writer Louis-Hyacinthe Dudevant (1759-18??).


Prompted to write his response by the fact that he was unable, ‘sans indignation’, to read much of the Lettres critiques et politiques, the author addresses each letter in turn, defending the merchants of French ports against the charge that they were no more than waggoners for colonial trade. One question to which he returns repeatedly is that of who does the work in the colonies, and for whose benefit? The answer to the first, he usually finds, is slaves, and he offers details, not only about the volume and value of commerce in raw materials from the West Indies, but also about the numbers, prices, and even the diet of slaves, in an attempt to refute the claim that slaves were becoming more rather than less necessary for the functioning of colonial trade.

The author’s concerns run wider, though; he addresses the trade in rice, flour, and other commodities, the possibilities of fraud, and the different approaches of the French in the Caribbean and the English in America to colonial commerce; throughout, he presents his arguments with vigour, and backs them up with statistics. The work gives an invaluable insight into the workings and the economics of French merchants in the period before the Revolution.

The Geneva imprint we assume to be false; Dudevant was also the author of L’apologie du commerce (1777) and, under his own name, Stabilité et Garantie de la République française (1794)

OCLC records copies at Toulouse, John Carter Brown, and the American Philosophical Society.


11. [FEARN, John]. AN ESSAY ON IMMORTALITY. By the author of A Review of First Principles of Bishop Berkeley, Dr Reid, and Professor Stewart. London:  Printed by D. Cock and Co; 1814. £650

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. viii, 328; some spotting and foxing in places throughout; bound with one other work (see description) in contemporary half calf, marbled boards, spine in compartments with title in black; joints cracked, slight loss to head of spine, and some wea

First edition of the third substantial work by the British Naval Office turned philosopher John Fearn (1768-1837).

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Fearn was heavily influenced by the work of Locke; in the present work, he examines what was known as the moral argument for immortality; anyone expecting from that a discussion of Kant’s second Critique will find instead references to Tillotson, the discoveries made by Cook on his voyages, and the writings of Paley. He rejects the moral argument, but his reasons are human rather than philosophical. “[It] is not only defective in the eyes of some of those who profess to believe in a Deity; but, what is worse, the stronger it pleads its own cause, the stronger it urges the objection of the ATHEIST, and so defeats its own purporse whenever it attempts to eradicate infidelity”.

Fearn was the author of a dozen books on philosophical subjects, most notably epistemology and visual perception. 

Bound with Fearn’s work is James Wills Letters on the Philosophy of Unbelief (London, Fellowes, 1835).

OCLC records only one copy outside the British Isles, at Covenant College in Georgia.

12. GHIRLANDI, Ferdinando. POESIE MORALI, E SACRE  ... composte in tempi diversi ad istanza di varj amici.  In Firenze, Nella Stamperia di Michele Nesteous, MDCCXXIII [1723]. £750

FIRST EDITION. 12mo, pp. 418, [1] advertisement, [1] blank; 31, [1] blank; with engraved frontispiece; engraved head-and tailpieces on most pages; first and last few leaves browned at edges, but otherwise clean and crisp throughout; in contemporary sheep, spine gilt in compartments; some wear to covers, and worming to spine; one inch loss at foot of spine.

Uncommon first edition, complete with an otherwise unrecorded appendix, of this collection of poems, largely on religious subjects, by the Pistoia poet Francesco Maria Ghirlandi (1650-1726).

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Ghirlandi, who took the name Ferdinando on his entrance into the Order of Minims, was the author of several volumes of poetry, usually sonnets. With only a few exceptions, that pattern is repeated in the present collection; the sonnets cover a vast variety of topics, including condemnations of lewd poetry, the idea that life is a dream, the accumulation of wealth in old age, and the nature of death, hell, and paradise. Other sonnets relate to particular occasions, including weddings, the death of the mathematician Alessandro Marchetti, and, in many instances, the profession or clothing of nuns; others warn of the dangers of dice games and other vices. Sonnets are addressed to a number of bodies and people, including the Accademia della Crusca and the poet Maria Selvaggia Borgini.

An appendix, under the title ‘Altre poesie di Fernandino Ghirlandi da Pistoia Agguinte alle sopradette Stampate a Fiorenza, contains translations from the psalms, as well as sixteen additional sonnets; this is not found in any of the other copies recorded.

OCLC records three copies at Harvard, Duke, and the Italian National Library; none of these copies includes the appendix present here.


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13. LANGE, Carl Heinrich. INSTITUTIONES STILI ROMANI secundum disciplinam veterum praeceptis et exemplis adornatae accedunt indices necessarii. Lubecae, Sumtibus Ionae Schmidt, MDCCXXXV [1735]. £500

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [xiv], 480, [62] index, [1] errata, [1] blank; engraved frontispiece portrait, title printed in red and black, and engraved head- and tailpieces; clean and fresh throughout, in contemporary vellum; title in ink on spine, somewhat faded; some light wear but still an attractive copy.

First edition of this comprehensive guide to Latin prose style, by the Lübeck schoolmaster and librarian Carl Heinrich Lange (1703-1753). 


The work is divided into four parts,. The first examines the virtues of Latin style, the smoothness of the Latin language, and grammatical and rhetorical ornament; the second describes the various types of style, including Greek and Asiatic usages, and philosophical, historial, and oratorical writing; the third discusses various aids to style, citing examples from authors ranging from Julius Caesar and Cornelius Nepos to Tibullus and Lucretius, giving advise on how to read classical authors, and how to imitate them; the fourth part gives practical advise on written style in different contexts, including letter-writing and oratory. Lange is helpful to include examples not only of good Latin but of bad; he offers several pages divided into columns of equivalents, labeled variously ‘barbara’ and ‘pura’, and ‘vitiosa’ and ‘genuina’. A helpful index of both subjects and authors cited takes up the last five dozen pages.

Outside Continental Europe, OCLC records copies at Cambridge, Kansas, and Toronto.


14. [LAVATER]. PHYSIONOMIE PORTATIVE, d’après Lavater, Les Pernety, et plusieurs autres célèbres physionomistes. Ornée de plusieurs figures. Tome 1er [-II].  A Paris, chez Bertrand-Pottier et Félix Bertrand, MDVIII. V. [1805]. £400 

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FIRST EDITION. Two volumes, 12mo, pp. [iv], 276, with frontispiece; [iv], 264, [6] table and errata, [7] adverts, [1] blank, 277-287, [1] blank, misbound from volume 1, with one folding leaf of plates; some marking and occasional foxing in places; printing error on title of second volume, but otherwise clean and fresh; in contemporary sheep, gilt borders and spines ruled and decorated in gilt, with morocco lettering-pieces; light wear, and crack with small loss of leather to upper cover of volume 1, but otherwise an attractive copy.

Rare first edition of this pocket guide to physiognomy, whose author remains unknown.

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The first volume consists of 34 letters explaining the principles of physiognomy; the author describes the uses of the discipline, addresses some of the objections, and demonstrates the ways in which character can be shown from external characteristics, handwriting, and temperament. The author concludes the first volume arguing that physiognomy leads necessarily towards the indulgence of human variety, rather than to the hatred of people. In the second volume, we find discussion of silhouettes and portraits, and extracts from Permety and Lebrun; a final section muses on what can be learned at a masked ball.

A second edition appeared the following year; both are scarce.

OCLC records only two copies of this 1805 edition, at St Michael’s College, Toronto and the New York Academy of Medicine.


15. [LIFEBOATS]. SOCIÉTÉ DE SAUVETAGES MARITIMES DE PROVENCE foundée a Marseille en 1863. Présidé par M. J-B Pastré. Son but, son organisation, ses travaux. Instructions sommaires sur les Soins a Donner aux Noyes et Asphyxiés. Marseille, Typographie et Lithographie Arnaud, Cayer et Cie, 1866.

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[bound with]:  SOCIETE CENTRALE DE SAUVETAGE DES NAUFRAGES. DESCRIPTION DE CABOT DE SAUVETAGE ... Ouvrage accomagné de figures dans le texte et de quatre grandes planches gravées.  Paris, Arthus Bertrand,  1867. £600

FIRST EDITIONS. Two works in one volume, 8vo, pp. 167, [1] blank, 10 lithograph plates; [2], 32, with frontispiece and four folding plates, plus two full-page illustrations; second work with worm traces at foot, not affecting text, and some light dampstaining; otherwise generally clean; in contemporary red morocco-backed red cloth; spine ruled and lettered in gilt. 

Two works offering a valuable insight into the workings of the recently established lifeboat services of France. 

The first describes the establishment, goals, and organisation of the Société de sauvetages maritimes de Provence. This had been established in Marseille in 1863, and this volume collects together the company’s statutes, proceedings, and documents relating to its working. Listed are the company’s officers, benefactors, and members, and the rules for admission; we also find the minutes of meetings, with details of the company’s financial status and the benefits afforded by membership (including reduced fares from various railway companies). There is a report on the state of the company’s boats and their equipment, and extracts from newspaper articles relating to the company. The work concludes with a section containing instructions for lifeboatmen on first aid before medical help arrives, based on the work of Leroy d’Étroilles. Ten lithographs at the end illustrate features of the lifeboats owned by the company.

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The second work in the volume was published by the Société centrale de sauvetage des naufrages, and describes the design and features of their new lifeboats. The construction, displacement, measurements, and stability of the boats is described in detail, as are the procedures for launching it, and the various pieces of equipment. The work concludes with instructions for manoeuvering the boat in heavy seas, and for swimming towards those in danger (the last of these taken from the advice of the famous Sunderland life-saver Joseph Hodgson). The four plates at the end depict the boat and the various pieces of equipment used, demonstrating, among other things, the use of life-jackets.

I. OCLC records copies at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and the Danish National Library; II. OCLC records just one copy, at the University of Genoa Engineering Library.


16. LOSCHI, Lodovico Antonio. ALLOCUZIONE AL POPOLO pronunziata nella Piazza di Modena appie’ della Statua della Liberta’ Il giorno 30. Germile A. IX. Rep. dal Presidente della Municipalita’ ... Dopo la estrazione di cinque Doti per altrettante povere zittele rustiche del Dipartimento del Panaro, fatta in occasione della Festa ordinata dal Supremo Governo di Milano per solennizzare l’epoca della conchision della Pace tra la Repubblico Francese e S.M. l’Imperatore Francesco II. Re di Ungheria e di Boemia.  In Modena, Presso la Societa’ Tipografica, [1801]. £385

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 24; printed on blue paper; a little browning and spotting in places; in the original blue wrappers; upper cover slightly loose.

Attractively printed speech to mark the signing of the treaty of Lunéville, and peace between the Holy Roman Empire and  Napoleonic France.


Loschi, the president of the Modena city council during the Cisalpine Republic, gave his speech in the shadow of a statue of Liberty, which had been erected in 1796 on the pedestal previously used for an equestrian statue of Francesco III. The address lauds the treaty, the blood not shed as a result of it, and in particular the role of il grande Eroe Bonaparte, and extols the newly acquired virtues of equality, and the release from despotism and ignorance. How Europe has changed in the age of Napoleon! Look, Loschi suggests, at Geneva, once ‘povera e squallida’, under the thumb of its bishop; now ‘ricca e brillante, soggetta al reggimento de’ suoi popolari maestrati’.

The speech is printed by the noted Jewish banker and bookseller Mosè Beniamino Foà (1729-1821), at his Società Tipografica di Modena.

Not in OCLC; ICCU records two copies in Modena.


17. [LOUIS XVI]. GESPRÄCH IM REICH DER TODTEN zwischen Ludwig XVI. Leopold II. und Gustav III. Samt dem Portrait des Königs von Frankreich. Mit Erlaubnis der Obern. Augsburg, bey Friedrich Bürglen, 1793. £385

SOLE EDITION. 4to, pp. 59, [1] blank; with frontispiece portrait of Louis XVI; some foxing throughout; with blue paper backstrip; somewhat frayed.

Only edition of this imagined dialogue between three recently deceased monarchs, in the aftermath of the execution of Louis XVI in January 1793.

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Along with a messenger, who brings the news of Louis’ guillotining, the three (Louis, Gustav III of Sweden, and the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II) discuss Louis’ imprisonment and execution, some of the causes of the French Revolution, the ways in which the Revolution progressed, and its likely consequences, which the monarchs are agreed are most likely disadvantageous to Europe.

A supplement to this dialogue, entitled Interessante Lebens- und Regierungsgeschichte Ludwigs XVI, appeared in Vienna the same year. 

OCLC records copies at the National Library of Sweden, Michigan State, and Mainz.



18. LUCIANI, Bernando Maria.. IL FANATISMO ET LA SUPERSTIZIONE. Poemetti due. Fermo, dai Torchi del Paccasassi,  MDCCC [1800]. £425 

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 48; some light spotting in places; partly unopened in contemporary patterned wrappers; some gatherings somewhat loose; some staining and wear to covers.


Only edition of these two poems by the Marche poet and critic Bernando Maria Luciani, in which he muses on the role of religion and the church in an increasingly democratic Europe, in the aftermath of the French Revolution. 

Luciani taught rhetoric in the small Marche town of Montalboddo (today Ostra) and at the University of Fermo and published critical essays and translations, including one of James Hervey’s works. Both of the present poems emphasise the importance of reason in religion, but are essentially conservative in nature. The church, Luciani argues, is not cruel, and Italy has been seduced by democracy, which now deceives the people, defames God, and leads to the love of crime. 

Not in OCLC; ICCU records a copy at the Biblioteca diocesana di Ascoli Piceno.


19. MAGALOTTI, Lorenzo. LETTERE FAMILIARI, del Conte Lorenzo Magalotti Gentilhuomo Fiorentino e Accademico della Crusce Divise in due Parti.  In Venezia,  Appresso Sebastiano Coleti, MDCCXIX [1719]. £485 

FIRST EDITION. 4to, pp. [xviii], 646, [2]; engraved plate with medallion portrait of author by Antonio Montauti, engraved title vignette and head-pieces; two leaves with a 4” tear, with no loss of text, and glued at gutter, but otherwise, aside from some very occasional spotting, clean and crisp throughout; in contemporary vellum; title in ink on spine; traces of old shelf-label on spine, some light wear and marking, but still a good copy, with the book-plate of the Welsh politician and mine owner William Hughes, Lord Dinorben, on front paste-down.

First edition of this collection of letters on philosophical, literary, and religious subjects, by the Florentine nobleman, diplomat, and philosopher Lorenza Magalotti (1637-1712), compiled by the author with a preface dated 1690, but only published posthumously.

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Magalotti served as the secretary to the Accademia del Cimento, and wrote extensively on scientific matters. Initially a follower of Galileo, he ended up heavily influenced by Gassendi. The Lettere familiari deal with a large range of subjects, but at their heart is the tension between religious belief and modern science; in particular, many letters deal with atheism, arguing that the true atheist is a rare creature, and attempting to demonstrate the irrationality of atheism and the ways in which faith supports the human sciences, which in turn should support faith.

OCLC records thirteen copies in North America.


20. MCDERMOTT, Bernard. DISSERTATIO MEDICA, INAUGURALIS, DE VACCINA. ... Edinburgi: Excudebant C. Stewart et Socii, Academiae Typographi, 1803. £175


DISSERTATION. 8vo, pp. [viii], 24, [ii] title to separate work; aside from some occasional light spotting, clean and fresh throughout; with inscription from the author, cropped at foot, on p. viii, disbound. 

Rare early dissertation on smallpox vaccination, presented to the medical faculty at Edinburgh on June 24th, 1803 by the Irish surgeon Bernard McDermott.

McDermott sketches a history of smallpox in Britain, describes the similar symptoms in cattle of cowpox, and details the method proposed by Jenner of vaccinating humans, as practised in Edinburgh. He goes on to give diagnostic information, detail the origins of the vaccine, and offer a testimony for the effectiveness of vaccination.

OCLC records just one copy, at Göttingen.

21. PAGART D'HERMANSART, Gaspard Joseph. DE L’ORGANISATION DES ADMINISTRATION FINANCIÈRES et leur existence politique … Paris, Durand Libraire-Éditeur … Mai, 1848, pp. 61,  [3] blank.

[with:] DE L'INALIÉNABILITE ET DE L'IMPRESCRIPTIBILITÉ DU SOL FORESTTIER DOMANIAL … [Imprint] Extrait de la Revue de Droit français et étranger, publiée à Paris par MM. Foelix, Duvergier et Valette, Tome Ier, 1844, pp. 19, [1] imprint.

[with:] OBSERVATIONS SUR LA DOMANIALITÉ DES BIENS DES HOSPICES ET DES ÉSTABLISSEMENTS DE CHARITÉ OU DE BIENFAISANCE … [Imprint] Extrait du tome II de la Revue de Droit français et étranger, publiée à Paris par MM. Foelix, Duvergier et Valette … [Jauv. 1845], pp. 20.

[with:] OBSERVATIONS SUR LA DOMANIALITÉ DES BIENS DES RELIIONNAIRES FUGITIFS, et sur un cotract particulier appelé bail á rente perpétuelle sous condition résolutoire … [Imprint] Extrait de la Revue de Droit français et étranger, publiée à Paris par MM. Foelix, Duvergier et Valette … Tome VI … [ Fev. 1848], pp. 81-98.

[with:] OBSERVATIONS SUR L’ADMINISTRATION DES BIENS DOMANIAUX dans les état Romains pendnt la période de la domination fran,aise et Impériale … Paris, Jourbert, Libraire de la Cour de Cassation … 1849, pp. 28

[with:] DES SYSTÈMES HYPOTHÉCAIRES EN FRANCE … Paris, Au Bureau de l’Administration de Législation française … Avril 1850., pp. [iv] , 96. £950


FIRST EDITIONS, AUTHOR’S COPIES. Five works bound in one volume with numerous marginal notes corrections and emendations together with inserted manuscript leaves of text; contemporary red morocco backed marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt, with the armorial bookplate of the author.

An interesting collection of essays on the history and practice of state-owned property in France, and the laws regulating them heavily interleaved and annotated with corrections by the author.

Pagart (c.1805-1872) was a high ranking official in the central administration of the domaines, or state-owned property, and, in addition to his professional duties, took a lively interest in their history; he assembled the most important collection of documents relating to both the domaine extraordinaire and the domain privé since 1804, now found in the Archives nationales in Paris. The works collected here cover financial administration from before the revolution up to 1848, the inalienability of state forest land and the changes, the system of hypothecs in French law, and other matters. Throughout, but especially in the first few works, we find extensive annotations, corrections, notes, and additions in the author’s hand.


22. [PATRICK, Fr]. A FAMOUS CONFERENCE  between Pope Clement the Xth and Cardinal de Monte Alto, Concerning the late Discovery of the Masse in Holy Scripture, Made my the Worthy Father Patrick, An Excellent Engineer of the Church of Rome in England. London,  Printed by T.R. and N.T. for Moses Pitt at the Angell in St Pauls Church-yard, 1674. £850

FIRST EDITION. 4to, pp. [iv], 30. [1] errata, [1] blank; with woodcut headpieces; some browning and light dustsoiling; in recent marbled wrappers.

Inspired by Lucas Jansse’s La Messe trouvée dans l’Escriture (1647), this satire reflects the efforts made by certain Catholic theologians in the seventeenth century to prove a biblical basis for the celebration of Mass.

The Pope, when asked by the Cardinal to explain his good spirits, replies that ‘Pope Alexander the 6th: was over-joyed to see that in his days such a noted and an excellent part of the World as is America, was found out; I have far more reason to rejoyce because that in my days things of greater concernment that relate to Heaven and Happiness have been searcht out, and happily discovered; the Holy Mass is found to be hid in a corner of holy Scripture. The Mass in holy Scripture! quoth the Cardinall full of admiration, how can that be?’


And so we are told the story of Father Patrick, a Burgundian priest ministering among the ‘English Hereticks’, who found, in a Louvain translation into French in 1664, that Acts 13, verse 2 speaks of the Apostles ‘saying Mass to the Lord; Although this Translation be in French, it is no less useful to England, for that Nation naturally loves, admires, and embraces whatsoever appears to them in a French garb and countenance let it be never so rediculous’. Patrick is initially feted for this discovery, but ends the book in disgrace.

The final sentence is a warning to the reader to ‘take heed of the Hypocrisie and Cunning of the Romish Emissaries’.

Outside the UK, ESTC records copies at Illinois, Texas, the Union Theological Seminary, and the Huntington.


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23. [PRAYER]. GÖTTLICHE LIEBS-PFEIL, VON DER SENNEN, Deß so wol innerlich- als mündlichen Gebetts, und unterschidlichen Tugend-Ubungen gespanten Bogens abgestossen, das zeitliche Unheyl zuverhüten, das Gottliebende Hertz zuverwunden, und die ewige Cron zuerwerben. Das ist: Unterschidliche anmüthige Andacht-Gebetter, und Betrachtungen Frühe, Abends, und unter Tags, bey der H. Meß, vor und nach der Heil. Beicht und Communion nutzlich zugebrauchen, sambt dero- und anderen unterricht von der Gegenwart Gottes, aufrichtigen Mainung, Beicht, und täglicher erforschung deß Gewissens, Verehrung der Heiligen Heiligen Patronen &c &c. Sambt beygefügten Jährlichen Exercitien, dardurch in der innerlichen Einsamkeit den Geist zu verneuern. Von Einigen Priestern der Baarfüssigen Carmeliter auß Gottseelig- und gelehrter Männer Bücher zusamb getragen, an-ietzo auffs neue übersehen, und ans Liecht gegeben. München, Gedruckt und verlegt durch Johann Jäcklin, im Jahr 1708. £600

FIRST EDITION? 4to, pp. [viii], 742, [2] register, [1] imprimatur, [1] blank; with engraved frontispiece portrait; tear with slight loss to corner of title, wormhole to last few leaves with the loss of the odd letter; some light browning as expected, but still generally a clean and fresh copy; in contemporary blindstamped pigskin; lacking one leather clasp; title in faded ink on spine; somewhat worn.

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Very uncommon guide to both the theology and the practice of prayer, compiled by monks from the Carmelite community in Munich.

The book contains instructions for, and examples of all sorts of prayer, including those to be used at Mass, confession, and times of contemplation, as well as those reflecting on the presence of God, the purpose and nature of monastic work, spiritual exercises, what a Christian should know and believe (an interesting distinction), the differences between Catholic and Protestant beliefs, and the catechism. A volume with a very similar title appeared in Klagenfurt in 1690, but this appears to be a somewhat different work, with its own approbatio and dedication dated 1708.

No physical copies recorded by OCLC.


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24. RACINE, Louis. DELLA RELIGIONE POEMA del Signor Racine membro dell’accademia realle Delle Iscrizioni, e Belle Lettere di Parigi. Tradotto dal Francese in Ottava Rima Italiana da Giambatista Carro. Roma, per Giuseppe, e Niccolò Grossi nel Palazzo Massimi, MDCCLXI [1761]. £450

FIRST EDITION OF THIS TRANSLATION 8vo, pp. xxviii, 268; various vignettes, and head- and tailpieces; some light browning, and a small light stain to margin of a few leaves, but otherwise clean and fresh; in contemporary calf, covers with decorative gilt border, and spine lettered and tooled in gilt; some light wear, but still a very attractive copy.

A lovely copy of this uncommon translation of Louis Racine’s La Religion, here translated into ottava rima by Giambattista Carro, whose only published work this appears to be.

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The translator’s preface takes as its cue the praise given to Racine’s poem by J.-B. Rousseau, and places La Religion in the context of the Europe of Hobbes, Spinoza, Bayle, ‘e di altri empi, e perniciosissimi Autori’. Carro was inspired in his translation by the efforts of Annibale Caro in his translations of Vergil, and Marchetti’s of Lucretius, and compares his method and his translation with that into Tuscan of Filippo de Venuti, which had appeared some fifteen years previously. Several other translations were subsequently to appear, but there seem to be no further editions of the present version.

Louis Racine (1692-1763) was the youngest child of Jean. He was rejected by the Académie Française due to the Jansenist tendencies of his 1722 poem La Grâce; La Religion very consciously seems to avoid the risk of any such interpretation.

OCLC records one copy in Italy and two in Switzerland, but none beyond.


25. SARRAZIN, Jean. TABLEAU DE LA GRANDE-BRETAGNE, ou Observations sur l’Angleterre, vue a Londres et dans ses provinces, de M. le maréchal-de camp Pillet; avec un supplément. Par M. Sarrazin. A Paris, de l’Imprimerie de P. Didot, l’ainé, 1816. £400

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. xii, 336, [1] advertisements, [1] blank; some foxing in places, but never heavy; in contemporary dark green boards.

First edition of this reworking of General Pillet’s rather unflattering account of the British, based on his time as a prisoner of war, here adapted and tempered by another French General, more sympathetic to his captors, Jean Sarrazin (1770-1848).

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Pillet’s original work, L’Angleterre vue à Londres et dans ses provinces, had first appeared the previous year. Sarrazin, who had spent four years in England, attempts a more balanced look at the English nation, maintaining the structure, and even the chapter titles, of Pillet’s book, with the aim of providing ‘un excellent ouvrage en suivant les principes de la modération, et sur-tout le lois de la justice’. Sp, following Pillet, Sarrazin discusses the origins of French anglomania, London, national pride, the common law, the courts and constitution, the parliamentary system, taxes and finances, philanthropic organisations, the machiavellism of English ministers, the freedom of the press, the legal position of women, the preponderance of drunkenness, the Church of England, the treatment of prisoners of war (here Sarrazin recognised what Pillet failed to, that the admittedly poor treatment of French prisoners was born of political necessity, given the similar treatment of English prisoners by the French), the British relationship with Europe, theatres, public parks, manufacturing, and the banking industry.

The Monthly Review, reporting on Sarrazin’s work, had this to say: ‘During a period of four years in England, his relation towards ministers was apparently hostile; but his eventual situations have sometimes been thought to countenance the suspicion of a silent sympathy. He certainly performs an acceptable service to this nation in undertaking a refutation of General Pillet’s ridiculously calumnious book; and he was qualified for the task by some extent of local observation, and by a quick perception: though his performance of it, after all, is occasionally of a doubtful character’.

Outside Europe, OCLC records copies at Cornell, NYPL, Florida State, Queens (ON), the State Library of New South Wales, McGill, and the Huntington.


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26. [SCHILLER, Friedrich] [RUSCONI, Luigia]. PER LE FAUSTE NOZZE  del marchese Giovanni Salvatico colla contessa Laura Contarini. Padova, coi tipi della Minerva, 1834. £265

FIRST EDITION THUS. 8vo, pp. [ii], 8; slight stain to gutter at foot, but otherwise clean and crisp; in contemporary pink boards; some marking and wear, but still an attractive copy.

Printed for a Paduan society wedding, this is a translation by the Italian noblewoman Luigia Rusconi (1811-1873) of Schiller’s Würde der Frauen (Dignity of Women).

Rusconi addresses the bride and groom: “Anyone will say that to publish, on the occasion of a wedding, a version of a Schiller poem that so highly praises women to the disadvantage of men, is to offend convention with regard to the groom. But the one who publishes it does not think so; Schiller spoke of men abandoned to their own devices, who never understood love, and the kindness of the fair sex...”.

Not recorded by OCLC; SBN records one copy, at the Biblioteca Cameriniana in Piazzola sul Brenta.


27. [UTOPIA]. L'EDUCATION D'ADMETE, Roi de Thessalie; Conte patriotique, utile aux Peuples et aux Rois. Traduit du grec. A Paris,  Chez Desenne, 1791. £850


FIRST EDITION. 8vo. pp. [ii], 42; clean and fresh throughout; unbound and uncut, stitched as issued; very small hole to outer leaf, but otherwise a very good copy.

Only edition of this uncommon political allegory, published anonymously shortly after the Revolution.

Telling the story of the upbringing of a wise and reforming king, the conte gathers together many of the tropes common throughout the eighteenth century, drawing heavily not only on Émile but also on Genlis, Morelly and Fenelon. The wise monarch, it seems, is not sufficient for the happy functioning of the state, as even he can come to the conclusion that the people exist as much for his benefit as he for theirs; the answer, rather, is in the political and moral education of the supposedly disinterested citizenry.

The preface, maintaining the fiction that this was a translation from the Greek, notes that the translation had been ready for several years, but that the circumstances had not yet been right for it to be published. However, in these Revolutionary times, it seemed newly appropriate: ‘On a prétendu depuis quelque temps que l’allégorie n’étoit que le langage des nations esclaves; on pourroit, par une foule d’exemples, prouver au contraire que les peuples libres en ont le plus fait usage. La vérité cachée sous un voile en paroît mois dure et plus piquante...’

OCLC records only the British Library.


28. [UTOPIA]. RELATION DU VOYAGE de l’Ilse de la Vertu, a Oronte. A Mons, Chez Gaspard Migeot, à l’Enseigne des trois Vertus. MDCLXXVII [1677]. £1,450

FIRST EDITION. 12mo, pp. [xii], 114; woodcut vignette on title and headpiece; some foxing throughout, with a few annotations in ink in a later (18th century?) hand; in contemporary sheep, spine gilt in compartments; somewhat worn, with the book-plate of Rombert J. Hayhurst on front paste-down. 

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First edition, rare, of this novel depicting a mysterious journey to the ‘Isle of Virtue’.

Popular in its day, with editions as late as 1740, the tale is designed to describe the religious utopia that is the Isle of Virtue in a way that is accessible to all, ‘particulierement pour les ames simples puisque l’on a tâché pour elles de mettre les choses mesme les plus spirituelles dans un êtat sensible’. The work, addressed to the young Oronte, depicts the narrator’s journey to the Isle, and the various pockets of vice which line the route, all of which are avoidable thanks to the ‘charmes des approches de la vertu’; we find, for instance, the Ville de Coqueterie, visitors to which ‘déplorent le tems qu’ils ont malheureusement sacrifié à des folies’. Once he reaches his destination, the narrator realises that he is returning to his childhood home, which he left in search of new experiences.

The narrative is interrupted with poems ranging in length from a few lines to two or more pages. The author’s identity remains unknown; Barbier suggests that it is the work of Jean-Thomas Hérissant, (born 1704), while Negley in his Utopian Literature suggests that it is the work of the Spanish bishop, and sometime Viceroy of Mexico, Juan de Palafox y Mendoza (1600-1659). For obvious reasons, neither seems likely.

OCLC records copies at Lyon, Tours, Mannheim, and Augsburg.


29. VALERIAN, Adolphe. CONSIDÉRATIONS GÉNÉRALES SUR LE CHOLÉRA-MORBUS ÉPIDÉMIQUE, suivies de quelques conseils hygiéniques adressés a mes concitoyens. Thèse Présentée et publiquement soutenue à la faculté de Médecine de Montpellier, le 18 août 1832 ... Montpellier,  Imprimerie de X. Julien, 1832. £215

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 47, [1] blank; some spotting and browning in places; in the original printed wrappers, with presentation inscription from the author on upper cover; extremities somewhat frayed. 

Uncommon dissertation presented to the medical faculty at Montpellier at the height of the 1832 cholera epidemic by the newly qualified Provençal physician Adolphe Valerian.


Valerian describes the route taken by cholera to reach Europe, discusses some of the recommendations for the prevention and treatment of the disease, and examines some of the theories offered to explain its spread, in an attempt to determine whether it is an infection or a contagion. The bulk of the dissertation is taken up with advice on hygiene, noting that prevention is better than cure. He describes the ways in which his home city of Aix has advantages over many towns, with its wide streets, with gentle slopes that allow the free flow of water, and the cleansing winds of the mistral. With this in mind, Valerian devotes his attention principally to the ways in which towns can be designed to minimise the risks, and the ways in which central administration can help, in keeping streets clean, ensuring the isolation of infected patients, and providing bathing facilities.

OCLC records copies at the BL, BNF, and the BIU de Santé in Paris.


30. VAVASSEUR, François. ORATIONES.  Lutetiae Parisiorum, Apud Sebastianum Cramoisy et Gabrielem Carmoisy. MDCXLVI [1646]. £850

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [xx], 352, [2] index and privilege; printer’s device on title; contemporary (?) ownership note on title crossed out in black ink, small loss to corner of A4, not affecting text; very light browning; in contemporary dark red morocco, boards and spine gilt with fleurs-de-lys; spine in compartments, boards with decorative border, all edges gilt; slight wear to head of spine, and corners bumped, but still a very good copy.

First edition of this collection of ten lectures by the French Jesuit François Vavasseur (1603-1681), according to d’Olivet “le meilleur humaniste de son temps”.

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Vavasseur (1603-1681) was renowned as one of the foremost stylists of his time, and his reputation extended well beyond French Catholic circles. His writings covered biblical scholarship, the literary and moral virtues of the burlesque style, the composition and structure of epigrams, and the Jansenist controversy. The present set of Orationes, owing much to his master, the Jesuit theologian Denis Pétau, are collected from his addresses to students at the start of each academic year between 1629 and 1636. In his introduction, Vavasseur contrasts the florid literary excesses of his Jesuit (and other) predecessors with the simplicity of his own approach, writing as far as possible in the first person. The orations themselves connect humanism with the reign of Louis XIII, and closely link their futures; he encourages the young French towards a renovatio litterarum and a rejection of earlier types of eloquence, warning against inflatio verborum, and stylistic eclecticism.

Sommervogel VIII, 499; see Marc Fumaroli, L’age de l’éloquence: Rhétorique et “res literaria”de la Renaissance au seuil de l’époque classique, Paris: Droz, 1980, pp. 405ff; outside Continental Europe, OCLC records copies only at Oxford and Cambridge.

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