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¶ Chaucer — Works (1896)

November 30, 2017

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Chaucer, Geoffrey. The works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Ed. F. S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896.

Illustrated by Edward Burne-Jones. Vellum copy. No Morris book label.

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 276 (sold to Charles Sessler for $7,100). — Charles J. Rosenbloom (purchased from Sessler, 1967). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 1977 Folio 29) [Rosenbloom bequest, 1973].

References: Bibliography, A40. — Marsden Perry List, no. 178. — Peterson, William S., and Sylvia Holton Peterson. The Kelmscott Chaucer: A Census. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 2011. (See 1.15.)

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¶ Four sagas (19th century)

October 31, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Gislason, Konrad, ed. Sagan af Helga ok Grími Droplaugarsonum. Copenhagen: Brødrene Berlings Bogtrykkeri, 1847.

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[2] Hervar saga ok Heiđreks konungs. Copenhagen: Brødrene Berlings Bogtrykkeri, 1847.

[3] Sagan af Þorđi Hređu. Copenhagen: Berlingske Bogtrykkeri, 1848.

[4] Barđarsaga Snœfellsass Viglundarsaga. Copenhagen: Berlingske Bogtrykkeri ved N. H. Stendrup, 1860.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 846 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (2000 1525.)


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¶ Keats — Poems (1894)

October 25, 2017

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Keats, John. The poems of John Keats. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

Inscribed “Sold to Henry Gamman, August 1897. S. C. Cockerell.” Clipped signature of Morris tipped in.

Provenance: Morris. — Sydney Cockerell. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 259 (sold for $275). — Charles J. Rosenbloom. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 1976 2732) [Rosenbloom bequest].

References: Bibliography, A24. — Kutter, Suzanne, and Donald Gallup, “A Check-list of the Bequest.” Yale University Library Gazette 49 (April 1975): 338. — Marsden Perry List, no. 88.

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¶ Shelley — Poetical works (1894–95)

October 25, 2017

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Shelley, Percy Bysshe. The poetical works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. 3 vols. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894–95.

Vellum copy. Inscribed “Sold to Henry Gamman, August 1897. S. C. Cockerell.” Clipped signature of Morris tipped in.

Provenance: Morris. — Henry Gamman (purchased from the Morris estate, August 1897; sold August 1899). — Marsden J. Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (New York), 12 March 1936, lot 270 (sold for $350). — Charles J. Rosenbloom. — Beinecke Library, Yale University Library (1976 2640) [Rosenbloom bequest].

References: Bibliography, A29. — Kutter, Suzanne, and Donald Gallup, “A Check-list of the Bequest.” Yale University Library Gazette 49 (April 1975): 339. — Marsden Perry List, nos. 136, 151, 163.

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¶ Laxdaela-Saga (1826)

October 20, 2017

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Laxdaela-Saga. Copenhagen: sumtibus Legati Magnæani ex typographeo H. F. Popp, 1826.

Presentation inscription from Morris to Forman.

Provenance: Morris. — Harry Buxton Forman — William F. Gable. — Elizabeth Wade White. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 1976 59).

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¶ Laxdaela-Saga (1826)

October 20, 2017

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Laxdaela-Saga. Copenhagen: sumtibus Legati Magnaeani ex typographeo H. F. Popp, 1826.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 899 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Walter Emery. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 2004 +138).

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Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 386.


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¶ Unger — Alexanders saga (1848)

October 18, 2017

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Unger, Carl Richard, ed. Alexanders saga. Christiania: Feilberg & Landmark Forlag, 1848.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 846 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (2000 1525).

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¶ Four sagas (1847–60)

October 18, 2017

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The following titles (all published in the series Nordiske oldskrifter) are bound together. (The first is listed in the Sotheby 1898 catalogue; the other three titles are presumably among the “and others” in lot 846.)

[1] Gislason, Konrad, ed. Sagan af Helga ok Grími Droplaugarsonum. Copenhagen: Brødrene Berlings Bogtrykkeri, 1847.

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[2Hervar saga ok Heiđreks konungs. Copenhagen: Brødrene Berlings Bogtrykkeri, 1847.

[3] Friðriksson, G. Sagan af Þorđi Hređu. Copenhagen: Berlingske Bogtrykkeri, 1848.

[4] Vigfússon, Guðbrandr. Barđarsaga Snoefellsass. Copenhagen: Berlingske Bogtrykkeri ved N. H. Stendrup, 1860.

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Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 846 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (2000 1525 [GislasonFriðriksson; Vigfússon; Hervar saga ok Heiđreks konungs has no separate entry).


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¶ Alexander, de Villa Dei — Doctrinale (15th century) [MS]

October 11, 2017

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Alexander, de Villa Dei. Doctrinale.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern Italy, early 15th century. 54 leaves.

Provenance: Pesaro family. — Sotheby, 26 February 1821, lot 175. — Henry Drury. — Drury sale, Evans, 19 February 1827, lot 188. — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1828, no. 5 (£37). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1830, no. 14594 (£16). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1831, no. 12751 (£10). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1832, no. 22 (£8). — Richard Heber. — Evans, 10 February 1836, lot 3 (sold for £1). — John Trotter Brockett. — Sotheby, 16 June 1843, lot 16 (sold for £9).— Thomas Rodd catalogue, 1845, lot 5 (£9). — Edward Hailstone. — Sotheby, 23 April 1891, lot 327. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1190 (sold to Breslauer for £8 10s.). — Breslauer & Meyer catalogue, 1901, lot 464 (80 DM). — Georges Andrieux catalogue, 5 December 1931, lot 5. — Hauswedell catalogue, 29 September 1950, lot 41. — Sotheby, 16 May 1955, lot 105 (sold for £224). — Laurence Witten (purchased from Maggs, 1956). — Thomas E. Marston (purchased from Witten, 1956). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Marston MS 64).

References: Faye and Bond, pp. 71–72, no. 64. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2104). — Shailor, Barbara, ed. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Binghamton, N.Y.: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1984. (See 1:131–32.)


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¶ Cicero — Orationes (15th century) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Cicero. Orationes.

Illuminated manuscript. Florence, 15th century. 228 leaves.

Provenance: Girolamo Lagomarsini. — Convent of San Marco (Florence). — Friedrich Ludwig von Keller. — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Quaritch catalogue, November 1880, no. 59. — Quaritch catalogue, September 1886, no. 35746. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 357 (sold to Quaritch for £27). — Laurence Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 128 (sold to Sydney Cockerell for £50). — Sydney Cockerell. — John Gribbel. — David Wagstaff. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Beinecke MS 93) [gift from Mrs. David Wagstaff].

References: Faye and Bond, p. 289, no. 93. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3976). — Shailor, Barbara, ed. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Binghamton, N.Y.: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1984. (See 1:134–36.)

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¶ Guðmundsson — Íslendínga sögur (1829–30)

February 13, 2017

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Guðmundsson, Þorgeir, and Þorsteinn Helgason, eds. Íslendínga sögur. 2 vols. Copenhagen: S. L. Moller, 1829–30.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 841 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Walter Emery. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (2000 2121).

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Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 884.


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¶ Thorkelin — Eyrbyggia-saga (1787)

February 13, 2017

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Thorkelin, G. J., ed. and trans. Eyrbyggia-saga, sive, Eyranorum historia. Copenhagen: A. F. Steinii for P. F. de Suhm, 1787.

Provenance: Paul Riant, Comte de Riant. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 895 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 18s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Walter Emery. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1996 +101).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 901.


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Thorláksson — Ólafs saga Tryggvasonar (1689–90)

February 8, 2017

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Thorláksson, Thórðr, ed. Ólafs saga Tryggvasonar. 2 vols. in 1. [Skálholt, Iceland]: af Snorrasyne, 1689–1690.

It is not clear whether this book went through the 1898 Sotheby sale.

Provenance: Morris. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 1997 319).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 268 (with three X’s next to it).

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¶ Guðmundsson — Kormáks saga (1832)

December 1, 2016

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Guðmundsson, Þorgeir, trans. and ed. Kormáks saga. Copenhagen: H. H. Thiele, 1832.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 850 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1996 320).

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¶ Sagan af Niáli Þórgeirssyni (1772)

November 14, 2016

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Sagan af Niáli Þórgeirssyni ok sonvm hans &c. [Copenhagen]: Prentvd i Kavpmannahavfn, af Johann Rúdolph Thiele, 1772.

Provenance: Paul Riant, le Comte de Riant — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 902 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1997 320).

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Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 883.


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¶ Durante — Libro chiamato Leandra (1517)

October 28, 2016

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Durante, Pietro. Libro chiamato Leandra, qual tracta delle battaglie e gran facti de li baroni di Francia. Venice: Allexandro di Bindoni, 5 July 1517,

Provenance: Morris. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (2014 2215).

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¶ Guðbrandur Vigfúusson — Fornsögur (1860)

October 24, 2016

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Guðbrandur Vigfúusson. Fornsögur: Vatnsdaelasaga; Hallfreðarsaga; Flöamannasaga. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrich’sche Buchhandlung, 1860.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 843 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Walter Emery. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1996 422).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 917.


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¶ Aesop — Vita et fabulae (c. 1481)

May 20, 2016

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Aesop [Aesopus]. Vita et fabulae. [Strassburg: Heinrich Knoblochtzer, c. 1481.]

Morris signature. Illustrated.

Provenance: Min. Conventualium S. Francisci Frigurgi Helvetiorum. — Morris. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Zi +387).

Reference: ISTC (ia00113000).

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¶ Thorel de Campigneulles — Candide (1761)

February 18, 2016

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Thorel de Campigneulles, Charles-Claude-Florent de. Candide, ou L’optimisme. Seconde partie, traduit de l’allemand de Mr. le docteur Ralph. [London?], 1761.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1030 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £3). — Henry Wellcome. — Richard Benyon. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1991 222 2).


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¶ Josephus — De antiquitate Judaica (1480)

August 10, 2015

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Josephus, Flavius. De antiquitate Judaica. De bello Judaico. Trans. Rufinus, of Aquileia [Rufinus Aquileiensis] and ed. Ludovico Cendrata [Loduvicus Cendrata]. Verona: Petrus Maufer de Maliferis, for Innocens Ziletus, 25 December 1480.

Provenance: Sir Edward Sullivan. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (CL1271).

References: ISTC (ij00484000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 471.

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¶ Virgil — Thirteene bookes of Aeneidos (1620)

March 12, 2015

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Virgil. The thirteene bookes of Aeneidos. Trans. Thomas Phaer and Thomas Twyne. London: printed by Bernard Alsop, by the assignement of Clement Knight, 1620.

Provenance: John Bown. — Henry F. Lyte. — Morris (purchased for £1). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1090 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4). — Henry Wellcome. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1973 1160).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 53b (no price). — ESTC (S119320). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 10v. — MS catalogue (2), no. 23 (with three X’s beside the title).


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¶ Torquemada — Expositio super toto psalterio (1471?)

February 9, 2015

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Torquemada, Juan de [Johannes de Turrecremata]. Expositio super toto psalterio. [Augsburg]: Johann Schüssler, [not after 1471].

With bibliographical note by Cockerell.

Provenance: Bibliotheca Aulica of Eichstätt, Germany. — William Bateman. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1176 (sold to Leighton for £3 3s.). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Zi +1592).

Reference: ISTC (it00518000).

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¶ Thorsteinsson — Stúrlunga-saga (1817–20)

December 19, 2014

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Thorsteinsson, B., ed. Sturlúnga-saga, edr, Islendínga-saga hin mikla. 4 vols. in 1. Copenhagen: Thorsteini Einarssyni Rangel, 1817–18[20].

Because Morris owned two copies of this book and it is not possible to distinguish between them (except for a signature not mentioned in the early records), we have decided to list them here together. The copy that is now at Yale bears the signature of Joní Jonssyní, but neither MS catalogue (2) nor the Sotheby 1898 catalogue includes that information.

Provenance: Joní Jonssyní [Yale copy only]. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1052 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1) and lot 1053 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1997 317). [Both copies were deaccessioned by the Wellcome Library; one is now at Yale, and the other is unlocated.]

References: MS catalogue (2), nos. 485 and 887.


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¶ Lucretius — De rerum natura (1486)

August 25, 2014

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Lucretius Carus, Titus. De rerum natura. Verona: Paulus Fridenperger, 28 September 1486, 1 October 1486.

Provenance: Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland. — George Milmine. — Bernard Quaritch. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 770 (sold to Dawson for £2 10s.). — George Dunn. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (1986 +107).

Reference: ISTC (il00333000).

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¶ Burley — De vita et moribus philosophorum (1477)

July 31, 2014

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Burley, Walter [Gualtherus Burlaeus]. De vita et moribus philosophorum. [Nuremberg]: Anton Koberger, 6 May 1477.

With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 332 (sold to Ridler for £2 6s.). — John Camp Williams. — Williams sale, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, New York, part 2, 6–8 November 1929, lot 218 (sold for $35). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Zi + 1978) [purchased with money from the Altschul Fund, May 1946].

References: ISTC (ib01320000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 979 (with one X beside the title).

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¶ Ovid — Six bookes of Metamorphoseos (1819)

July 8, 2014

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Ovid. Six bookes of Metamorphoseos in whyche ben conteyned the fables of Ovyde, translated out of Frensshe into Englisshe by William Caxton. Ed. George Hibbert. London: printed for the Roxburghe Club by the Shakspeare Press, William Bulmer and Co., 1819.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 887 (sold to C. J. Thomas (possibly Thomson) for £5). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 1977 1498).

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¶ Chaucer — Complete works (1893–94)

April 28, 2014

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Chaucer, Geoffrey. The complete works. Ed. Rev. Walter W. Skeat. 6 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1893–94.

This copy was marked up by Morris and F. S. Ellis for the Kelmscott Press printers during the production of the Kelmscott Chaucer (1896; Bibliography A40). Skeat issued a supplementary volume in 1897, not of course owned by Morris.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 209 (sold to Westell for £2 12s.). — Morris Tyler. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN Ip M834 Zz894C).

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Reference: Bibliography A40.

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