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Books contributed by the Boston Public Library. Established in 1848 by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. In 1839, French ventriloquist M. Nicholas Marie Alexandre Vattemare became the original advocate for a public library in Boston when he proposed the idea of a book and prints exchange between American and French libraries. The Mayor of the City of Boston, Josiah Quincy, Jr., ...



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Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
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The Interlibrary Loan Department at the Boston Public Library serves as headquarters for interlibrary loan activity in the Boston Regional Library System. The Department receives requests from the six regional libraries in Massachusetts. These libraries send requests on behalf of their member libraries. These libraries send in requests for books and journal articles. They also can send reference and subject requests. The staff of the Interlibrary Loan Department searches for these requests in...
Topic: BPL Interlibrary Loan
Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection
Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection
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1.4M
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Anti-Slavery collection (approximately 40,000 pieces). In the late 1890's, the family of William Lloyd Garrison, along with others closely involved in the anti-slavery movement, presented the library with a major gathering of correspondence, documents, and other original material relating to the abolitionist cause from 1832 until after the Civil War. The major holdings consist of the papers of William Lloyd Garrison, Maria Weston Chapman and Deborah Weston, Lydia Maria Child, Amos Augustus...
Topics: Anti Slavery, William Lloyd Garrison, Abolition
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
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337
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273,287
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The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center   at the Boston Public Library cares for more than a quarter million cartographic and geographic objects, ranging from the fifteenth century to the present, with a global scope and a focus on Boston and New England. Created in 2004 as a private-public partnership between the philanthropist Norman B. Leventhal and the Boston Public Library, the LMEC is located in the McKim Building at the BPL ’ s Central Library in Copley Square. The LMEC features a...
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The Thomas Pennant Barton Collection is acknowledged as one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in a public institution focusing on the writings of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The collection was the first in the United States to include the first four folios of the collected works of William Shakespeare, as well as some 45 early quarto editions of individual plays, many published during Shakespeare’s lifetime. As the preeminent Shakespeare collection from...
Topics: shakespeare, Thomas Pennant Barton, Boston Public Library
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The Houghton Mifflin Company Trade Book Archival Collection is comprised of Trade Division materials that were originally kept in the Park Street building, which the company occupied from 1880 to 1994, before being donated to the Boston Public Library. The company’s editors used this collection as their working library. The collection includes adult and juvenile titles as well as reference materials, audio, and kits from Houghton Mifflin, Clarion, and other Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprints.
Incunabula
Incunabula
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318
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151,245
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The BPL’s incunabula collection embodies the varied output of the 15th-century European printing press. As of February, 2020, the collection is comprised of 583 physical items printed during the 15th century, the majority of which are books (issued either individually or as parts of multi-volume sets). The collection also contains a small number of single-sheet publications, blockbooks, and fragments of books that merit individual cataloging. In total, there are 555 discrete 15th-century...
Early English Playbooks, 1594-1799
Early English Playbooks, 1594-1799
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114,226
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Comprised chiefly of individual editions of English stage plays issued between 1594 and 1799, the Boston Public Library's collection of early English playbooks is extensive and diverse. Numbering well over 1,500 items, the collection also includes masques, pageants, and other dramatic entertainments. Critical funding to support long-term preservation of and enhanced public access to Boston Public Library collections, including this one, was provided by the Associates of the Boston Public...
OCLC number: ocm07014379
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Topic: Drawing
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The Boston Public Library has an extensive collection of original manuscripts from the American Revolutionary War era. The letters and documents were drafted by John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, James Otis, Joseph Warren, George Washington and other important Revolutionary War figures. The materials are mostly of American origin, but also include British, European, and West Indian sources. Some of the topics covered include the war’s political origins, the unfolding of military and...
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The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese literature is a 10,000-volume collection that covers many aspects of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American literature and history, including books on art, science, law, and theology. As a collection, the Ticknor Collection is remarkable for its completeness in all that pertains to Spanish literature and belles lettres. Many of these volumes are first editions and handwritten manuscripts that are exceedingly rare. The materials are primarily in...
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This collection provides access to materials published by the Boston Public Library, critical administrative records of the library, and collection documentation, including printed finding aids, card catalogs, procedural guidelines, etc.
Boston Public Library Cookbook Collection
Boston Public Library Cookbook Collection
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194,363
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Material for this collection has been contributed by the Boston Public Library.
Defoe & Defoeana
Defoe & Defoeana
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Defoe & Defoeana The William P. Trent Collection of Defoe and Defoeana is one of the most comprehensive collections of Daniel Defoe and his contemporaries. In addition to writing some of the first English novels, Defoe was a prolific political pamphleteer and is considered by many to be a founder of modern journalism. The nucleus of this 30,000-volume collection is a set of first editions of Defoe’s works, bound in 77 volumes and formerly owned by Henry Labouchère. There are hundreds of...
Boston Public Library
by Jacobs, Harriet A. (Harriet Ann), 1813-1897; Child, Mrs. (Lydia Maria), 1802-1880, ed
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Preface signed: Linda Brent
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
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Topic: Erotic literature
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Boston Public Library
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Translation of: Drömmar
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Topic: Dreams
''Book reference list'':p. [192-193]
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Topics: Printing, Book ornamentation, Decoration and ornament
Boston Public Library
by Joyce, James, 1882-1941; Rodker, John, 1894-1955, publisher; Darantière, Maurice, printer; Egoist Press, publisher
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"This edition is limited to 2000 copies on handmade paper numbered from 1 to 2000"--Prelim. p. [9]
Topics: City and town life, Married people, Jewish men, Artists
US Government Documents
by United States. Congress. House. Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran; United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition
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"November 1987"--Cover
Topics: Iran-Contra Affair, 1985-1990, Military assistance, American, Military assistance, American,...
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Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Bannerman, Helen, 1862-1946; Neill, John R. (John Rea), ill
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Also includes ''The story of Topsy'' from Uncle Tom's Cabin
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Boston Public Library
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Topics: Cookery, American, cbk
US Government Documents
by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities
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Topic: Communism -- United States
Book of Common Prayer
Book of Common Prayer
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The Benton Collection of Editions of the Book of Common Prayer was bequeathed by Josiah H. Benton in 1919. Benton was a trustee of the Boston Public Library from 1894 until his death on February 6, 1917, and served for many years as President of the Trustees of the Library. He bestowed much of his fortune to purchase books of “permanent value and authority, desirable for scholarly research and use,” and an equal amount of money for additions and improvement to the Library building. In...
Philip Hale Scrapbook Collection
Philip Hale Scrapbook Collection
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62
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The Philip Hale scrapbooks contain letters and programs, along with clippings with reviews and criticisms written by Hale and others, all compiled by Hale. There are 60 volumes organized by year, as well as two separate index volumes.
[4] p., 130 leaves of plates : 37 cm
Topics: Monograms, Initials
Topics: Boone family, Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820
Attribution to Defoe is based on internal textual relationship to his works of proven authorship together with supporting external evidence. Cf. J.H. Moore. Defoe in the pillory. Bloomington, Ind., 1939, p. 126-188
Topic: Pirates
Source: bplsc
Topics: Chapman family, Chapman, Robert, 1616-1687, Chapman, William, d. 1699, Chapman, Edward, d. 1675,...
Boston Public Library
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Paged continuously
Topics: Phelps family, Phelps, William, 1599-1672
Boston Public Library
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OCLC number: ocm07397140
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Topic: Yoruba (African people)
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Lockwood, Ingersoll, b. 1841; Edwards, George Wharton, 1859-1950, ill
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Bound in gold cloth ; stamped in gold and brown ; decorated endpapers
Books to Borrow
by Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873; Cabot, James Elliot, 1821-1903
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Includes bibliographical references
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Topics: Natural history -- Superior, Lake, Superior, Lake
Boston Public Library
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Special collection -- Munsell imprints
Topics: Holt, Nicholas, 1602?-1685, Holt, William, 1610?-1683, Holt family
Boston Public Library
by Nesfield, John Collinson
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Includes index
Topic: English language
Boston Public Library
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Topic: Baird family
Topics: Brewster, William, 1566 or 7-1644, Brewster family, Allerton family
Boston Public Library
by Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles, 1871-1928
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Photocopy
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Topic: Heraldry -- Great Britain
Topics: Carr family, Carr, William, 1597-1672
Boston Public Library
by Pigafetta, Antonio, ca. 1480/91-ca. 1534. Primo viaggio intorno al globo terraqueo. English; Stanley, Henry Edward John Stanley, Baron, 1827-1903
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Topics: Magalhães, Fernão de, d. 1521, Voyages around the world
Source: bplgrhum
Boston Public Library
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Latin and English in parallel columns
Topics: Latin language, Natural history, Picture books for children
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v. 1. Genealogies. v. 2. Additions, corrections, and early history
Topics: Watertown (Mass.) -- Genealogy, Watertown (Mass.) -- History, Massachusetts -- Genealogy, Waltham...
Boston Public Library Manuscript Catalog
Boston Public Library Manuscript Catalog
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This collection contains scans of the manuscript main entry catalog for the Boston Public Library Rare Books & Manuscripts Department. The main entry catalog is the best place to search for manuscripts. It contains approximately 130,000 cards, filed in alphabetical order by author name. Where no author is known, cards are filed alphabetically by title. Manuscripts related to certain special subjects, like “abolitionism,” or “music” are filed under author's name, as well as subject....
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Topics: Brewster, William, 1566 or 7-1644, Brewster family, Allerton family
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598; Diesth, Aegid. Coppenius (Aegidius Coppenius); Llwyd, Humphrey, 1527-1568. Mona druidum insula
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Catalogus auctorum includes 92 names. Epigram on t.p. verso has 16 lines
Topics: Atlases, Dutch, Geography
"List of works consulted": v. 1, p. [iii]-iv
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Boston Public Library
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Topics: Bliss family, Morris, Oliver Bliss, Bliss, Sylvester, 1814-1863
US Government Documents
by United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities; Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
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Vol. 3-6 lack subtitle
Topics: Intelligence service, Civil rights
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Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts
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The major part of this distinguished collection is comprised of religious and devotional texts, but there are also a number of secular and scientific titles. Many are superbly illuminated with exquisite miniatures illustrating the codices and single leaves. Some noteworthy volumes include a 10th-century Lectionary from the Benedictine Abbey of St. Allyre in Clermont, the earliest codex in New England; a Spanish Psalter consisting of 14 miniatures on vellum by Simon Bening, the most famous...
Boston Public Library
by Babcock, Stephen, 1832-1916, comp
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Topics: Babcock family, Babcock, James, 1612?-1679
US Government Documents
by United States. Adjutant General
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This register is also issued, later, in the Congressional Documents series, kept in the Special Libraries, wherin particular volumes can be found by means of the indexes and checklist kept in the Statistical Department. One copy of the latest issue is kept in the Information Office
Topic: United States. Army and Navy
Source: bplgovdocs
Bibliography: p. 43-45
Topic: Bell family
Boston Public Library
by Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910; Chertkov, V. G. (Vladimir Grigorevich), 1854-1936
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Russian edition edited by V. Chertkov
Topics: Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910, Novelists, Russian
"List of works consulted": v. 1, p. [iii]-iv
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Includes index
Topics: Gentry, Nicholas, fl. 1709, Gentry family
Source: bplsocsci
Topic: Chopin family
City of Boston Tax records, 1780 through 1821
City of Boston Tax records, 1780 through 1821
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63
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Covering the years 1780 through 1821, this collection of Boston tax records is organized by year and ward. Beginning in 1802, the records for each year are generally divided into three main categories: taking books, tax books, and transfer books. Taking books (referred to as “valuation books” beginning in 1818) follow the order of the tax assessors' progress through each ward, street-by-street, and record names of individual residents or businesses, assessed values of realty and personalty,...
Boston Public Library
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Last page is numbered in different style and typeface
Topics: Dreams, Fortune-telling
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Boston Public Library
by Avery, Elroy McKendree, 1844-1935; Avery, Catherine Hitchcock Tilden, 1844-1911
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Topics: Avery, Christopher, 1590-1679, Avery, James, 1620?-1700, Avery family
Boston Public Library Interlibrary Loan
by Camden, William, 1551-1623; Philipot, John, 1589?-1645; Hovenden, Robert, 1830-1908; Harleian Society
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Includes index
Topics: Visitations, Heraldic, Heraldry
Boston Public Library
by United States. War Dept
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Topics: Cookery, Military, cbk
Boston Public Library
by Porta, Giambattista della, approximately 1535-1615; Gaywood, Richard, active 1650-1680, engraver; Young, Thomas, active 1658, publisher; Speed, Samuel, -1681, publisher
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Two states are noted. State 1 has pages misnumbered as follows: p. 113 misnumbered 120; p. 120 misnumbered 113; p. 129 misnumbered 131; p. 385-392 misnumbered 381-388. In state 2, the first 2 errors have been corrected
Topics: Science, Industrial arts, Magnetism, Magic tricks, Alchemy
Topics: Allison, Samuel, 1690-1760, Allison family
Boston Public Library
by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616; Ebsworth, Joseph Woodfall, 1824-1908, ed; Griggs, William
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Contains facsmile of original title-page
Topics: Buck family, genealogy
Boston Public Library
by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616; Hudson, Henry Norman, 1814-1886; Black, Ebenezer Charlton, 1861-1927, ed; George, Andrew Jackson, 1855-1907, joint ed
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Includes bibliographical references
The John Adams Library at the Boston Public Library
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Signatures: A***²B-VX²Y1 2A-3Z*3A-*3P*3Q²4A-5T
Topics: Willard, Samuel, 1640-1707, Willard, Samuel, 1640-1707, Westminster Assembly (1643-1652),...
Boston Public Library Anti-Slavery Collection
by Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895; Mallory, S. V. R., former owner; Mallory, L. C., former owner
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Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) ex libris (bookplate): S.V.R. Mallory; (inscription) L.C. Mallory
Topics: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895, Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879, Slavery, African American...
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Boston Public Library
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OCLC number: ocm04732734
Topics: Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821, Peninsular War, 1807-1814, Waterloo, Battle of,...
Source: BPL_scan_for_me
Boston Public Library
by Pigafetta, Antonio, ca. 1480-ca. 1534; Robertson, James Alexander, 1873-1939, editor, translator
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A limited edition of 350 copies
Topics: Magalhães, Fernão de, d. 1521, Voyages around the world
Source: bplgrhum
Boston Public Library
by Baldwin, C. C. (Charles Candee), 1834-1895
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Topic: Baldwin family
Boston Public Library
by Bailey, Gertrude E; Ellsworth, Abbie F; Reed, William H; Bailey, Hollis R. (Hollis Russell), 1852-1934
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Topic: Bailey family
Boston Public Library
by Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles, 1871-1928
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Photocopy
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Topic: Heraldry -- Great Britain
Boston Public Library
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The work by Doctor Thebussem is catalogued separately
Topics: Cookery, Spanish, cbk
Boston Public Library
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Topics: Architecture -- Japan, Art, Japanese, Decorative arts -- Japan, Japan -- Description and travel
Boston Public Library
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Topics: Eaton, Francis, d. 1633, Eaton, John, d. 1658, Eaton, William, d. 1673, Eaton, John, d. 1668, Eaton...
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