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BIOGRAPHIES, AUTOBIOGRAPHIES, MEMOIRS
[This is a mainly 20th-Century General Reading & Reference File]
Virtually every volume on this list is fit to be not just a pleasing
“read” but a pleasing gift — “word to wise!

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All modern volumes are octavo; all are in very good used condition unless otherwise noted.


A Popular Edition from aSurreptitious Manuscript Copy
(AN AMERICAN's BIOGRAPHY).  Franklin, Benjamin.  The works of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin; consisting of his Life, written by himself. Together with essays, humorous, moral, and literary, chiefly in the manner of the Spectator. Philadelphia: Wm. W. Woodward, 1801. 12mo (16.7 cm, 6.6"). Frontis., 321, [11] pp.
$700.00
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ANOTHER “FRANKLIN” appears below
in the expectable alphabetical place.

(Acheson, Bohlen, Harriman, Kennan, Lovett, McCloy). Isaacson, Walter and Thomas, Evans. The wise men: Six friends and the world they made. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986.  (6529)
$17.50

(Acheson, Dean). Acheson, David C. Acheson country: A memoir. New York: W.W. Norton, 1993. Dust jacket as new.  (6530)
$17.50

(Acheson, Dean). McLellan, David S. and Acheson, David C., eds. Among friends: Personal letters of Dean Acheson. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1980. Dust jacket somewhat worn.  (6531)
$17.50


(Adams, Abigail & John). Butterfield, L.H.; Friedlaender, Marc; and Kline, Mary-Jo, eds. The book of Abigail and John: Selected letters of the Adams family. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1975.  (6532)
$17.50

(Adams, Charles Francis Jr.). Kirkland, Edward Chase. Charles Francis Adams, Jr. 18351915: The patrician at bay. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1965. Dust jacket slightly worn.  (6533)
$17.50

(Adams family). Adams, James Truslow. The Adams family. Boston: Little, Brown, 1930.  (21049)
$10.00

With a Great Engraving
Aguilera Castro y Sotomayor, José Miguel de.  Elogio christiano del b. Sebastian de Aparicio, que en la solemne funcion con que su madre la apostólica Provincia del Santo Evangelio de México le tributó el primer culto en Convento de las LLagas de N.S.P.S. Francisco de la Puebla de los Angeles, donde existe el santo cuerpo incorrupto, pronunció el dia xxvi. de octubre ... Mexico: Felipe de Zúñiga y Ontiveros, 1791. Folio (28.3 cm; 11.125"). [5] ff., 23 pp., engr. port.
$875.00
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(Alighieri, Dante). Chubb, Thomas Caldecott. Dante and his world. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1966.
$30.00

(Alsop, Joseph W.). Alsop, Joseph W. I've seen the best of it: memoirs. New York: W.W. Norton, 1992. As new.  (6537)
$17.50

(Alsop, Stewart). Alsop, Stewart. Stay of execution: A sort of memoir. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1973. Two tears in dust jacket, otherwise good.  (6538)
$17.50

The Most FamousFairy-Tale Author of All
Andersen, Hans Christian.  The fairy tale of my life.  New York (pr. in Denmark): British Book Centre Inc., (copyright 1954). Folio. 350 pp.; illus.
$100.00

Inspirational 19th-Century AMERICAN Children's Book
Anderson, Eliza Hill.  Memoir of Mary Lothrop: who died in Boston, March 18, 1831, aged six years and three months. Boston: Perkins & Marvin; Lincoln & Edmands; & James Loring, 1832. 24mo (14.9 cm, 5.875"). Engr. frontis., 108 pp.
$75.00
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Litterati of Antwerp Salute One of Their OwnPortrait after Peter Paul Rubens
Woodcut *&* Engraved Versions of the Plantin Device
Asterius, Episcopus Amasenus.  S. Asteri Episcopi amaseae homiliae Graecè & Latinè nunc primùm editae Philippo Rubenio interprete. Antverpiae: Ex Officina Plantiniana, apud viduam & filios Ioannis Moreti, 1615. 4to (24.13 cm, 9.5"). [6] ff., 284, pp., [2] ff.
$2000.00
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With BOTH the Author's & the Subject'sSignatures
[Bacon, John]. Cecil, Richard.  Memoirs of John Bacon, esq. R.A. with reflections drawn from a review of his moral and religious character. London: Pr. for F. & C. Rivington by R. Noble, 1801. 8vo (17.5 cm, 6.9"). Frontis., iv, 118, [2 (1 adv.)] pp.
$1800.00
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The First Jesuit Mission to theMughal Empire
Bartoli, Daniello.  Missione al Gran Mogor del P. Ridolfo Aqvaviva ... sua vita e morte, e d'altri quattro compagni uccisi in odio della fede in Salsete di Goa. Milano: Lodovico Monza, 1664. 12mo. [4] ff., 193, [1] p., [1] f.
$8750.00
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Important Biography of a Scholar of the
Tarascan & Matlaltzinga Languages
(Basalenque, Diego).  Salguero, Pedro.  Vida del venerable padre y exemplarissimo varon el maestro Fr. Diego Basalenque, Provincial que fue de la Provincia de San Nicolas de Mechoacan del Orden de N.P.S. Agustin. Roma: En la Imprenta de los Herederos de Barbielini, 1761. 8vo (21.5 cm; 8.5" ). xvi, 194 pp.
$1300.00
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(Beecher family). Rugoff, Milton. The Beechers: an American family in the nineteenth century. New York: Harper & Row, 1981. Dust jacket worn, with several tears. History Book Club edition.  (6549)
$10.00

Four Volumes:  Marshall's Judicial, Military, & Authorial Accomplishments
Beveridge, Albert Jeremiah.  The life of John Marshall. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1916–19. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 4 vols. I: Frontis., xxvi, [2], 506 pp.; 10 plts. II: Frontis. (tipped in), xviii, 620 pp.; 8 plts. III: Frontis., xxii, [2], 644, [2] pp.; 8 plts. IV: Frontis., xviii, [2], 668, [2] pp.; 8 plts.
[SOLD]
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LINCOLN's Great Unrecognized” Political Theorist & Military Tactician
Blackwell, Sarah Ellen.  A military genius. Life of Anna Ella Carroll, of Maryland, (“the great unrecognized member of Lincoln's Cabinet.”) compiled from family records and Congressional documents. Washington, D.C.: Judd & Detweiler, 1891. 8vo (17.5 cm, 6.9"). Frontis., xvi, 168 pp.; 3 plts.
[SOLD]
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(Bowen family). Bowen, Catherine Drinker. Family portrait. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1970.  (6554)
$17.50

Designed by P.J. ConkwrightA Signer's Sad, Sensational End
Boyd, Julian P.  The murder of George Wythe. Philadelphia: Privately Printed for The Philobiblon Club, 1949. Small 8vo (20 cm; 7.75"). [2] ff., 45, [3 (last blank) pp.
$27.50
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Deluxe Signed Limited Edition PUBLISHER'S COPY:  Life of a Science Fiction Pioneer
(Bradbury, Ray). Weist, Jerry. BRADBURY: An illustrated life.  A journey to far metaphor. Hampton Falls, NH: Donald M. Grant, 2004. Folio (29.2 cm, 11.5"). [36], xxvi, 195, [1] pp.; illus.
$1150.00
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(Brown, John Mason). Stevens, George. Speak for yourself, John: the life of John Mason Brown, with some of his letters and many of his opinions. New York: Viking, 1974. Dust jacket somewhat worn.  (6555)
$17.50

(Browning, Robert). Thomas, Donald. Robert Browning: A life within life. New York: Viking, 1983. Dust jacket with one tear.  (6557)
$17.50

Diplomatic History & Memoirs
(Brzezinski, Zbigniew). Brzezinski, Zbigniew. Power and principle: Memoirs of the National Security Adviser, 19771981. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1983. 8vo. 24 plts.
$40.00


He Wanted to Be a Missionary to the Chiriguanos . . .
He Learned Angolan” Instead & Served Lima's Blacks
Buendía, José.  Vida admirable y prodigiosas virtudes del venerable y apostolico padre Francisco del Castillo de la Compañia de Jesus, natural de Lima, ciudad de Los Reyes en la provincia del Perù. Madrid: Antonio Roman, 1693. 4to. [16] ff., 666 pp., [1] f. (without the portrait).
$1750.00
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Bishop Burnet's Instructive Lives
Burnet, Gilbert.  Lives of Sir Matthew Hale and John Earl of Rochester. London: William Pickering, 1829. 12mo (15 cm, 5.9"). [2], v, [1], 330 pp.; 1 plt.
$145.00
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I Never Showed Any Aptitude for Study or Literature at School”
Butler, Samuel.  Butleriana.  Bloomsbury: Nonesuch Press, 1932. (23.4 cm, 9.5"). xvi, 172, [4] pp.; illus.
$100.00
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Laugh a Little Cringe a LittleCarrington Curiosa
Cabanès, Augustin.  The secret cabinet of history peeped into by a doctor. Paris: Charles Carrington, 1897. 8vo. x pp., [2[ ff., 3–239, vii, [1 (blank) pp., [4 (ads)] ff.
$100.00
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Life & LettersA German Neo-Latin Poet
Camerarius, Joachim.    Narratio de H. Eobano Hesso, comprehendens mentionem de compluribus illius aetatis doctis & eruditis uiris, composita à Ioachimo Camerario Pabebergensi. Epistolae Eobani Hessi ad Camerarium & alios quosdam, familiari in genere .... Norimbergae: Ioanne Montano & Ulrico Neubero, 1553. 8vo (16.3 cm, 6.4"). A–Z8a–b8 (O4 bound in after O5); [200] ff. [bound with] Hessus, Helius Eobanus. Libellus alter, epistolas complectens Eobani et aliorum quorundam doctissimorum virorum, necnon versus varii generis atque argumenti.... Lipsiae: Ex officina Papae, 1557. 8vo. A–K8 (-A8); [79] ff. (last leaf of preface/errata lacking). [and the same author’s]. [Tertius libellus epistolar. Eobani et aliorum.] [colophon:] Lipsiae: M. Ernesti Voegelini Constantiensis, 1561. 8vo. A–T8 (-A1, -T8 [final blank]); [150] ff. (title-page and final blank lacking).
$2000.00
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(Cassatt, Mary). Hale, Nancy. Mary Cassatt. Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1975.  (6470)
$17.50


(Cecil family). Cecil, David. The Cecils of Hatfield House: An English ruling family. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973. Dust jacket in very good condition.  (6561)
$22.50

25 Copies
(Charriere, Isabelle de).  Scott, Geoffrey.  The portrait of Zélide. London: Constable & Co., 1925. 8vo (22.5 cm; 9"). [1] f., frontis. port., vii, [1], 215, [1] pp., 3 plts.
$125.00
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(Cheng, Nien). Cheng, Nien. Life and death in Shanghai. New York: Grove Press, 1986. Dust jacket somewhat faded over spine, otherwise in good condition.  (6562)
$17.50

CHURCHILL
(Churchill, Winston Spencer). Carter, Violet Bonham. Winston Churchill: An intimate portrait. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965. History Book Club edition.  (6566)
$10.00

Lives of Popes & Popely Letters
Ciampini, Giovanni Giustino. Examen libri pontificalis, sive vitarum romanorum pontificum; quae sub nomine Anastasij bibliothecarij circumferuntur.... Romae: Komarek, 1688. 4to. a–b4 A–P4 2A–2P4[8] ff., 120, 119, [1] pp. [also bound in, the same author's] Parergon ad examen libri pontificalis,sive, epistola Pii II. ad Carolum VII. regem Franciae ab haereticis deprauata, & à Launoiana calumnia vindicata.... Romae: Joannis Jacobi Komarek, 1688. 4to. π4 A–E4; 39 pp.
$950.00
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Capturing an AgeOne Biography at a Time
[Clarke].  The Georgian era: Memoirs of the most eminent persons, who have flourished in Great Britain, from the accession of George the First to the demise of George the Fourth. London: Vizetelly, Branston, & Co., 1832–34. 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.65"). 4 vols. I: Frontis., 582 pp.; 12 plts. II: Frontis., [2], 588 pp. III: Frontis., [2], 588 pp. IV: Frontis., 588 pp.
$450.00
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(Clark, Kenneth). Clark, Kenneth. Another part of the wood: A self-portrait. New York: Harper & Row, 1974. Dust jacket slightly worn, yellowed.  (6471)
$17.50

(Clark, Kenneth). Clark, Kenneth. The other half: A self-portrait. London: John Murray, 1977. Dust jacket in good condition, very slightly crumpled at top of spine.  (6471)
$17.50

(Clark, Kenneth). Secrest, Meryle. Kenneth Clark: A biography. New York: Fromm International, 1986. Paperback, in fine condition, inscribed by author. With photographs.  (6473)
$7.50

(Cocteau, Jean). Steegmuller, Francis. Cocteau: A biography. Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown & Company, and Atlantic Monthly Press, 1970. 8vo. Illus.
$25.00


(Coleridge, Samuel Taylor). Holmes, Richard. Coleridge: Early visions. New York: Viking, 1990. Dust jacket in good condition. History Book Club edition.  (6573)
$10.00


On Forman & Wise
Collins, John.  The two forgers: A biography of Harry Buxton Forman & Thomas James Wise. [New Castle, DE]: Oak Knoll Books, ©1992. 8vo (22.3 cm; 8.75"). xiii, 317 pp., illus.
$25.00
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Satire of Pennsylvania Politics at theStart of the French & Indian War
(Colonial American Satire).  A fragment of the chronicles of Nathan Ben Saddi. Printed in Philadelphia by James Chattin, 1758. Philadelphia: The Philobiblon Club, 1904. 4to (27 cm; 10.5"). [1] f., 18 pp., [1] f., xv plates (facsimiles) in color.
$100.00
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LEC: American Expatriate Literary Culture
Cowley, Malcolm.  Exile's return[:] a literary odyssey of the 1920's. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1981. 8vo (25.2 cm, 9.9"). xx, [2], 281, [3] pp.; illus.
$400.00
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Then On to Meet Gaspar Maillol”
Craig, Edward Gordon.  Gordon Craig's Paris diary, 1932–1933. North Hills, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 1982. Small 4to (22 cm; 8.625"). 154 pp., [1 (colophon)] f., col. facsims.
$125.00
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I Will Not Weary the Reader's Patience with a Large Preface”
[Crouch, Nathaniel?, or John Phillips?].  The secret history of K. James I. and K. Charles I. Compleating the reigns of the four last monarchs. By the author of The secret history of K. Charles II. and K. James II. [London?: publisher not identified], 1690. 12mo (14.5 cm; 5.75"). [12], 167, [1] pp.
$450.00
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Emily's Brother
(Dickinson, Austin, & Todd, Mabel Loomis). Longsworth, Polly. Austin and Mabel: The Amherst affair and love letters of Austin Dickinson and Mabel Loomis Todd. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1984. Dust jacket good.  (6577)
$17.50

(Douglas, William O.). Douglas, William O. Go east, young man: The early years. New York: Random House, 1974. Dust jacket in good condition.  (6579)
$17.50

(Dulles, Eleanor Lansing). Dulles, Eleanor Lansing. Eleanor Lansing Dulles: Chances of a lifetime, a memoir. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1980. Dust jacket shows wear, otherwise good.  (6580)
$17.50

(Dulles family). Mosley, Leonard. Dulles: a biography of Eleanor, Allen, and John Foster Dulles and their family network. New York: Dial Press, 1978. Dust jacket slightly worn, faded on spine. History Book Club edition. With photographs.  (6581)
$10.00


An Artist's View of theEarly Development of American Art
Dunlap, William.  History of the rise and progress of the arts of design in the United States. New York: George P. Scott & Co., 1834. 8vo (24.6 cm, 9.7"). 2 vols. I: 435, [1] pp.; 1 facs. II: viii, 480 pp.
$450.00
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(Ehrhart, W.D.). Ehrhart, W.D. Vietnam—Perkasie, a combat Marine memoir. Jefferson: McFarland, 1983. Paperback, very good condition.  (6583)
$50.00

(Eisenhower, Dwight D.). Ferrell, Robert H., ed. The Eisenhower diaries. New York: W.W. Norton, 1981. History Book Club edition. Dust jacket worn.  (6584)
$10.00

(Elizabeth I). Jenkins, Elizabeth. Elizabeth the Great. New York: Coward-McCann, 1959.  (6585)
$10.00

A Paragon of a Priest Who Helped Quell the Tupac Katari Rebellion
Erazu de Burunda, Joseph.  Elogio funebre del ilustrisimo señor Doct. D. Gregorio Francisco de Campos. Lima: En la Imprenta de la Casa de los Niños Expósitos, 1792. 4to (20 cm; 8"). [39] ff., 60 pp., [2] ff.
$925.00
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Biography of a Nice, ORDINARY Guy
(by anExtraordinary One)
Espinosa, Isidro Félix de.  El cherubin custodio de el arbol de la vida, la Santa Cruz de Queretaro. Vida del Ve. siervo de Dios Fray Antonio de los Angeles, Bustamante. Mexico: Por Joseph Bernardo de Hogal, 1731. 4to (20 cm; 7.75"). [12] ff., 216 pp., plt. ( port.).
$5000.00

SIGNED by the AuthorGerald Ford
Ford, Gerald.  A time to heal: the autobiography of Gerald R. Ford. Norwalk, Conn.: Easton Press, ©1987. 8vo. [8], 454 pp.
$495.00
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Memoirs ofthe Minister of Police
Fouché, Joseph.  The memoirs of Joseph Fouché, Duke of Otranto, minister of the general police of France. London: Charles Knight (William Clowes, pr.), 1825. 8vo. Frontis. port., viii, 357, [3], 329, [1] pp.
$235.00
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Last 18th-Century American Edition of His WORKS
Franklin, Benjamin.  Works of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Consisting of his life, written by himself, together with essays, humourous, moral and literary; chiefly in the manner of the Spectator. Huntingdon, PA: Pr. for the proprietor by John R. Parrington, 1800. 12mo. 2 vols. in 1. Frontis., 156, 119, [1] pp.
$400.00
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The Indians Now Seemed toRedouble Their Frenzy
Fuller, Emeline L.  [cover title] Left by the Indians. Story of my life. [copyright page: Mt. Vernon, IA: Hawk-eye Steam Print, 1892]. Square 24mo (13 cm; 5"). Front wrapper, [2] ff., 40 pp., port. leaf, blank leaf.
$7750.00
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“A Fair General View of theMost Important Characters”
Galt, John.  The lives of the players. Boston: Frederic S. Hill, 1831. 8vo (18.2 cm, 7.2"). 2 vols. viii, 315 pp.; [4], 308 pp.
$225.00
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Money & Passion
Gere, Charlotte, & Marina Vaizey.  Great women collectors. London: Philip Wilson, 1999. Folio (27 cm, 10.6"). 208 pp.
$35.00
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PAY orI'll Tell the Truth About You
Giovio, Paolo.  Pauli Jovii Novocomensis episcopi Nucerini Illustrium virorum vitae. Quibus nunc accesserunt Turcarum imperatorum vitae, eodem autore, ex Italico in Latinum conversae, cum genuino indice. Basileae [i.e., Basel]: Per Henricum Petri et Petrum Pernam, 1567. 8vo. 2 vols. in 1. (891 [i.e. 893], [3] pp. (pp. [895–96] blank); 482 [i.e., 472], [104] pp.).
$1450.00
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Freed from GRINDING Poverty in London, a WriterLooks Back at Life
Gissing, George, ed.  The private papers of Henry Ryecroft. Portland, ME: Thomas Bird Mosher, 1921. 4to (19.4 cm, 7.6"). lxiv, 246, [2] pp.
$45.00
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FIRST EDITION
Gough, John.  A history of the people called Quakers. From their first rise to the present time. Dublin: Robert Jackson, 1789. 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). 3 (of 4) vols. I: x, [2], 546, [10 (index)] pp. (pagination skipping 294 to 297, text complete and uninterrupted). II: [2], 557, [11] pp. III: 526, [10] pp.
$375.00
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Temperance Autobiography Signed Binding withInteresting Personal Connection
Gough, John Bartholomew.  An autobiography by John B. Gough. Boston: Pub. by and for the author, 1845. 8vo (17.5 cm, 6.8"). [4], 172 pp.
$95.00
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Phyllis Wheatley, Anne Bradstreet &Others” 
Representing the “Female Genius” of Their Days
Griswold, Rufus Willmot, ed.  The female poets of America. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1849. 8vo (24.7 cm, 9.75"). Frontis., add. engr. t.-p., 400 pp.; 4 plts.
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