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  • 1 off the rist: by CHILDISH, Billy
    CHILDISH, Billy
    1 off the rist: new poems.

    London: 2016. Scarce. Limited edition, number 84 of only 100 copies. Published by Tangerine Press. Book is hardback in hand sewn and handmade marbled paper covered boards with a Japanese Silk spine. The front cover artwork is embossed in black with Heritage book white archival quality, Fourdrinier made, acid-free text paper on the inside and Hahnemuhle Ingres endpapers. 24 pages. The limitation is numbered in red, and signed by Billy Childish in blue pencil, with Hangman gallows stamp. In fine / as new condition.

    Book ID: 3902
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  • 12 Books That Changed The World by BRAGG, Melvyn
    BRAGG, Melvyn
    12 Books That Changed The World

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2006. First edition in original dust jacket. Hardback in black cloth with gilt title to spine. 24 colour plates and many b/w illustrations. 372 pp. 240 x 160 mm (9½ x 6¼ inches). Near fine in a near fine unclipped dust jacket. The 12 books are: Principia Mathematica (1687) by Isaac Newton; Married Love (1918) by Marie Stopes; Magna Carta (1215); Book of Rules of Association Football (1863); On the Origin of Species (1859) by Charles Darwin; On the Abolition of the Slave Trade (1789) by William Wilberforce in Parliament, immediately printed in several versions; A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) by Mary Wollstonecraft; Experimental Researches in Electricity (three volumes, 1839, 1844, 1855)…

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    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2006. First edition in original dust jacket. Hardback in black cloth with gilt title to spine. 24 colour plates and many b/w illustrations. 372 pp. 240 x 160 mm (9½ x 6¼ inches). Near fine in a near fine unclipped dust jacket. The 12 books are: Principia Mathematica (1687) by Isaac Newton; Married Love (1918) by Marie Stopes; Magna Carta (1215); Book of Rules of Association Football (1863); On the Origin of Species (1859) by Charles Darwin; On the Abolition of the Slave Trade (1789) by William Wilberforce in Parliament, immediately printed in several versions; A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) by Mary Wollstonecraft; Experimental Researches in Electricity (three volumes, 1839, 1844, 1855) by Michael Faraday; Patent Specification for Arkwright's Spinning Machine (1769) by Richard Arkwright; The King James Bible (1611) by William Tyndale and 54 scholars appointed by the king; An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776) by Adam Smith; and The First Folio (1623) by William Shakespeare.

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    Book ID: 2073
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  • A Book of Modern Ballads. by Havers, Alice (Illustrator)
    Havers, Alice (Illustrator)
    A Book of Modern Ballads.

    London: Hildesheimer & Faulkner, 1892. First edition. Brown cloth binding with gold and silver blocked design and titles to front. Fully illustrated with charming chromolithographs, some full-page. All edges gilt. Boards a little bumped and scuffed, pages age toned and with some foxing, but overall in good shape. Features poems by (among others) Rossetti, Swinburne, Browning, Shelley, Weatherly, and Gilbert.40 pp. 250 x 190 mm (9¾ x 7½ inches).

    Book ID: 2497
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  • A bound collection of The Literary Miscellany. by COLLINS, William. et. al.
    COLLINS, William. et. al.
    A bound collection of The Literary Miscellany.

    London: G. Nicholson, 1802. The bound collection comprises 9 pamphlets with poems and essays, all published in the same format by G. Nicholson. These are published as part of "The Literary Miscellany: or Extracts and Selections Classical and Scientific." Each has an engraved title page, and an engraving on the final page. White hardback (paper covered boards). Leather label to spine with gilt title "Poems 1" which implies a second unknown collection. The white boards are a little marked and darkened, but still presentable. Internally slightly darkened, but overall in very good condition. To each of the items, is a penciled number on the title, presumably giving a publication number (?) The advert to the rear of the book…

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    London: G. Nicholson, 1802. The bound collection comprises 9 pamphlets with poems and essays, all published in the same format by G. Nicholson. These are published as part of "The Literary Miscellany: or Extracts and Selections Classical and Scientific." Each has an engraved title page, and an engraving on the final page. White hardback (paper covered boards). Leather label to spine with gilt title "Poems 1" which implies a second unknown collection. The white boards are a little marked and darkened, but still presentable. Internally slightly darkened, but overall in very good condition. To each of the items, is a penciled number on the title, presumably giving a publication number (?) The advert to the rear of the book indicates that around 100 such pamphlets were produced (or intended). Text in English. The collection comprises: La collection reliée comprend 9 brochures avec des poèmes et des essais, tous publiés dans le même format par G. Nicholson. Ceux-ci sont publiés dans le cadre de "The Literary Miscellany: or Extracts and Selections Classical and Scientific". Chacun a une page de titre gravée et une gravure sur la dernière page. Couverture cartonnée blanche (planches recouvertes de papier). Etiquette en cuir au dos avec titre doré « Poèmes 1 » qui sous-entend un deuxième recueil inconnu. Les planches blanches sont un peu marquées et assombries, mais toujours présentables. Intérieur légèrement noirci, mais dans l'ensemble en très bon état. Pour chacun des articles, est un numéro au crayon sur le titre, donnant vraisemblablement un numéro de publication (?) L'annonce à l'arrière du livre indique qu'environ 100 de ces brochures ont été produites (ou prévues). Texte en anglais. La collection comprend :
    COLLINS, William. (1802) Poems. With the author's life. vi, 30pp.
    JENYNS, Soame. (1802) Poems, Containing the Art of Dancing and other Pieces. With the Author's life. 38pp
    DYER, George, ROBINSON, Mrs, BARBAULD, A.L. & OGILVIE, J. (no date) Odes. 62pp.
    Didactic Poetry: Chiron to Achlles; The Highwayman's Soliloquy (1802) 38pp.
    CUMBERLAND, R. (1812) Humourous: The History of Nicholas Pedrosa and other pieces. 36pp.
    PHILLIPS, Sarah (1802) Moral Tale (from the French of de Saint Lambert). 26pp.
    Moral Tales (undated) La Roche; Wolemar and his Dog; Veracity of a Moor. 24pp.
    Moral Tales (1805) The Grateful Turk; Androcles and the Lion; The Horse; Phillis and Damaris. 24pp.
    PRATT, FRANKLIN, DE GENLIS &c. (1805) On Education. 40pp. Adverts 2pp.

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    Book ID: 3516
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  • A Chair for the Prophet. by CLAUDE
    CLAUDE
    A Chair for the Prophet.

    London: Faber & Faber, 1959. First edition of this novel, the title of which derives from an old Jewish legend. Set in the newly established state of Israel, it follows the story of a young couple, who have gone to search for oil. Original dust wrapper. A little nicking and bumping to the top edge. Slight darkening to the edges. Green boards - these have an old damp stain to the spine and boards - also visible to the inside boards, but doesn't affect the wrapper or the rest of the book. Rest of book is clean and tidy, with just a touch of darkening / foxing to the closed page edges. This is Claude's third novel. 223 pages. 190 by 130mm (7½ by 5 inches).

    Book ID: 4020
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  • A Dark Lantern. by ROBINS, Elizabeth (C. E. Raimond)
    ROBINS, Elizabeth (C. E. Raimond)
    A Dark Lantern. A Story with a Prologue.

    London: William Heinemann, 1905. First edition. This novel was turned in to a (now lost) silent film in 1920. Bound in green cloth, with black and silver decoration to the front. Silver title to spine. 368 pages. 200 x 130 mm (7¾ x 5 inches).
    Elizabeth Robins was an American actor, playwright, novelist, and important suffragette. For a time Robins wrote under the name C. E. Raimond in an attempt to keep her acting and writing careers separate. Covers lightly rubbed, spine very slightly faded. Prelims are moderately foxed, page edges also. Otherwise a good copy.

    Book ID: 2711
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  • A Day in a Child's Life by GREENAWAY, Kate (illustrator) FOSTER, Myles B. ( music)
    GREENAWAY, Kate (illustrator) FOSTER, Myles B. ( music)
    A Day in a Child's Life

    London: George Routledge & Sons, [1881]. First Edition. Hardback. Green cloth spine with light green paper covered bevelled boards. Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour vignettes, words and music to nine charming songs. Boards are rubbed and book has been dropped at some point so top right corner has some creasing, otherwise good and clean. 29 pages. 250 x 215 mm (9¾ x 8½ inches).

    Book ID: 2863
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  • A Dictionary of the English Language: in which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers. To which are prefixed, a history of the language, and an English grammar. by JOHNSON, Samuel
    JOHNSON, Samuel
    A Dictionary of the English Language: in which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers. To which are prefixed, a history of the language, and an English grammar. In Two Volumes. The Tenth Edition, Corrected and Revised.

    London: F. & C. Rivington, J. Walker, et al, 1810. Full leather bindings with burgundy and black labels to spine. Gilt titles and decoration. The labels are rubbed and chipped to the edges. Front board to volume two is cracked to the hinge, but still holding in place. Handled but attractive. Frontis portrait to volume one. (clean and tidy) The title page tp volume one is a little darkened with a corner mark, otherwise the text block is in excellent condition. Volume two is still in very good condition, but with a few foxing spots. A little worm damage to the last few pages of volume 2. with slight impact upon text. Unpaginated quarto edition. Also enclosed are a…

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    London: F. & C. Rivington, J. Walker, et al, 1810. Full leather bindings with burgundy and black labels to spine. Gilt titles and decoration. The labels are rubbed and chipped to the edges. Front board to volume two is cracked to the hinge, but still holding in place. Handled but attractive. Frontis portrait to volume one. (clean and tidy) The title page tp volume one is a little darkened with a corner mark, otherwise the text block is in excellent condition. Volume two is still in very good condition, but with a few foxing spots. A little worm damage to the last few pages of volume 2. with slight impact upon text. Unpaginated quarto edition. Also enclosed are a copy of Canon John Willis's address to the Johnson Society "Dr Johnson and his English Dictionary" 1948 24pp. And an advertising postcard from Scolar Press for a facsimile of the Journey to the Western Isles. 280 x 220 mm (11 x 8¾ inches).

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    Book ID: 4068
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  • A Gentleman of France. by WEYMAN, Stanley
    WEYMAN, Stanley
    A Gentleman of France. Being The Memoirs Of Gaston De Bonne Sieur De Marsac

    London: Longmans Green & Co, 1894. New edition. Blue cloth hardback beveled boards with gilt title to front and spine. From the library of the author Maarten Maartens. Black end papers. Frontis with tissue guard, illustrated title page. Book is in a fair condition only, as it is foxed throughout. Text is in English. 412 pages. 190 x 130 mm (7½ x 5 inches). Nouvelle édition. Plats biseautés cartonnés en toile bleue avec titre doré au recto et au dos. De la bibliothèque de l'auteur Maarten Maartens. Feuilles de garde noires. Frontis avec garde en tissu, page de titre illustrée. Le livre est dans un état passable seulement, car il est entièrement recouvert de rousseurs. text en Anglais. 412 pages. 190 x 130 mm (7½ x 5 pouces).

    Book ID: 2857
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  • A Passage to India. by FORSTER, E.M.
    FORSTER, E.M.
    A Passage to India.

    London: Edward Arnold & Co, 1924. First edition. Hardback. Olive green publisher's cloth (variant binding) with black titles and device. A little bumping and rubbing to the boards, but overall a very good copy. Inside a clean and tidy copy, with a little darkening to the edges only. 190 by 130 mm (7½ by 5 inches). 325, [iii] pp.

    Book ID: 2501
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  • A Philosophical Investigation. by KERR, Philip
    KERR, Philip
    A Philosophical Investigation. The Mind of a Killer - the Heart of Murder.

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1992. First edition. Signed by the author to the title page. Clean and tidy dust wrapper. White is still bright! Book itself is clean and tidy. A little darkening to the pages only. Neatly signed. 330 pages.
    240 x 160 mm (9½ x 6¼ inches).

    Book ID: 2306
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  • A Soggarth's Last Verses by RUSSELL, Matthew. SJ
    RUSSELL, Matthew. SJ
    A Soggarth's Last Verses

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Burns & Oates, 1911. A very nice copy of this First edition. Soggarth (derived from sagart), is an Irish word for a Priest. The blue cloth is clean and tidy, with no marking. The gilt is clean and bright. There is just a touch of bumping to the edges of the cloth. Internally clean and tidy, with a little darkening / foxing to the page edges. Bookplate from Syon Abbey in Chudleigh. Original blue cloth, with gilt titles. Rough cut pages. xii, 95, [v] pp.
    Matthew Russell (1834-1912), was an Irish Roman Catholic priest, and Jesuit. He was the author of several books and collections of poetry - and was the founder and editor of "Catholic Ireland"…

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    London: Burns & Oates, 1911. A very nice copy of this First edition. Soggarth (derived from sagart), is an Irish word for a Priest. The blue cloth is clean and tidy, with no marking. The gilt is clean and bright. There is just a touch of bumping to the edges of the cloth. Internally clean and tidy, with a little darkening / foxing to the page edges. Bookplate from Syon Abbey in Chudleigh. Original blue cloth, with gilt titles. Rough cut pages. xii, 95, [v] pp.
    Matthew Russell (1834-1912), was an Irish Roman Catholic priest, and Jesuit. He was the author of several books and collections of poetry - and was the founder and editor of "Catholic Ireland" Which became the literary journal "Irish Monthly" this "discovered" several prominent Irish authors, including Oscar Wilde.

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    Book ID: 1201
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  • A Tolkien Bestiary. by Day, David
    Day, David
    A Tolkien Bestiary.

    London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers Limited, 1979. First Edition. In original unclipped colour illustrated dust jacket. Here, David day lucidly has identified, analysed and described 129 separate imaginary beasts from J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy worlds. Cream cloth covered boards in good clean state. Dust jacket clean, but has closed tear to spine. There is no loss, and now the book is under a clear protective cover it is almost imperceptible. Book inside is clean and full of colour and b/w illustrations and explanatory text. 287 pages. 285 x 215 mm (11¼ x 8½ inches).

    Book ID: 4024
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  • Beautiful copy of the illustrated edition
    A Window in Thrums. by BARRIE. J.M.
    BARRIE. J.M.
    A Window in Thrums.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1892. First edition. Illustrated with 18 etchings by William Hole. Limited edition. This copy is 450/550. By the creator of Peter Pan. Original blue cloth with gilt titles. Very nice clean copy with almost no bumping or edgewear. Internally spotless, with a foxing to the end papers only. xiv, 217 pp. 270 x 190 mm (10¾ x 7½ inches).

    This copy was owned by Mrs Van der Poorten Schwartz - the wife of Dutch author Maarten Maartens. Almost certainly given to her by William Robertson Nicoll, who wrote anecdotes of 19th Century Literary history with T.J. Wise, and edited 'The Expositor' for Hodder & Stoughton.

    Book ID: 2380
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  • Adolf in Blunderland. A political parody of Lewis Carroll's famous story. by DYRENFORTH, James and KESTER, Max
    DYRENFORTH, James and KESTER, Max
    Adolf in Blunderland. A political parody of Lewis Carroll's famous story.

    London: Frederick Muller Ltd, 1940. Fourth edition. Hardback in original dust jacket. The BBC's broadcast of 'Adolf in Blunderland' received a tremendous reception, and in this version of the transcript has was been revised, and humorously illustrated by Norman Mansbridge. Hardback book with red cloth spine. Dust jacket has some nicks and is slightly soiled. Book is very clean inside. 60 pages. 250 x 190 mm (9¾ x 7½ inches).

    Book ID: 3662
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  • Again, Dangerous Visions. by ELLISON, Harlan (Ed.)
    ELLISON, Harlan (Ed.)
    Again, Dangerous Visions.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1972. First edition. In original price clipped dust jacket. An anthology of 46 specially written original science fiction short stories from 42 writers - including Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gregory Benford and many more. Illustrated in b/w by Ed Emshwiller. Dust jacket is in a good condition with only minor shelf wear, and one very small chip to top at front. Inside, the book is very clean and fresh. Previous owner's gift message in pen to half title. Overall a great copy of the sequel to Ellison's speculative fiction collection from five years previous: Dangerous Visions. The book jacket's description closes by saying "This book takes off where…

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    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1972. First edition. In original price clipped dust jacket. An anthology of 46 specially written original science fiction short stories from 42 writers - including Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gregory Benford and many more. Illustrated in b/w by Ed Emshwiller. Dust jacket is in a good condition with only minor shelf wear, and one very small chip to top at front. Inside, the book is very clean and fresh. Previous owner's gift message in pen to half title. Overall a great copy of the sequel to Ellison's speculative fiction collection from five years previous: Dangerous Visions. The book jacket's description closes by saying "This book takes off where Dangerous Visions stopped and it is a better book than Dangerous Visions". 830 pages. 225 x 145 mm (8¾ x 5¾ inches).

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    Book ID: 3957
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  • Airborne - The New Dance photography of Lois Greenfield. by GREENFIELD, Lois.
    GREENFIELD, Lois.
    Airborne - The New Dance photography of Lois Greenfield.

    San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1998. Softback first edition. Clean and tidy white covers. Internally in excellent condition. Dance photography. 112 pages. 265 by 265mm (10½ by 10½ inches).

    Book ID: 3249
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  • Album de l'opéra by CHALLAMEL, Augustin
    CHALLAMEL, Augustin
    Album de l'opéra principales scènes et décorations les plus remarquables des meilleurs ouvrages représentés sur la scène de l'Académie Royale de Musique

    Paris: Challamel. Scarce. First Edition. Originally published in 12 parts from September 1843 to 1844. This book circa 1844 / 1845. Several different issues are known with the plates in various states. This is b/w lithographs with captions. Frontispiece and title vignette. [4], 48 pages, 24 unnumbered leaves of plates: illustrations, portraits. Illustrations by MM. Alophe, Baron, Challamel, Célestin Deshays, A. Devéria, Français, Lépaulle, Mouilleron, Célestin Nanteuil. In half red leather with buckrams boards. A little cracking to the boards. Gilt blocked title to front board. Boards are very rubbed and delicate. A few other marks. Foxed and finger marked throughout. Rear free end paper has a closed tear to the page edge. 300 x 230 mm (11¾ x…

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    Paris: Challamel. Scarce. First Edition. Originally published in 12 parts from September 1843 to 1844. This book circa 1844 / 1845. Several different issues are known with the plates in various states. This is b/w lithographs with captions. Frontispiece and title vignette. [4], 48 pages, 24 unnumbered leaves of plates: illustrations, portraits. Illustrations by MM. Alophe, Baron, Challamel, Célestin Deshays, A. Devéria, Français, Lépaulle, Mouilleron, Célestin Nanteuil. In half red leather with buckrams boards. A little cracking to the boards. Gilt blocked title to front board. Boards are very rubbed and delicate. A few other marks. Foxed and finger marked throughout. Rear free end paper has a closed tear to the page edge. 300 x 230 mm (11¾ x 9 inches). Rare. Première édition. Publié à l'origine en 12 parties de septembre 1843 à 1844. Ce livre vers 1844 / 1845. Plusieurs numéros différents sont connus avec les plaques dans divers états. Il s'agit de lithographies n/b avec légendes. Frontispice et vignette de titre. [4], 48 pages, 24 feuillets de planches non numérotés : illustrations, portraits. Illustrations de MM. Alophe, Baron, Challamel, Célestin Deshays, A. Devéria, Français, Lépaulle, Mouilleron, Célestin Nanteuil. En demi-cuir rouge avec titre bloqué doré sur le premier plat. Les planches sont très frottées et délicates. Foxed et doigt marqué partout. Le papier arrière libre a une déchirure fermée sur le bord de la page. 300 x 230 mm

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    Book ID: 3422
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  • All on the Irish Shore. by SOMERVILLE, E. Œ and ROSS, Martin
    SOMERVILLE, E. Πand ROSS, Martin
    All on the Irish Shore. Irish Sketches

    London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1903. First edition. Eleven short stories of rural Irish life, with illustrations by Somerville. Frontis with tissue guard, and nine other full-page illustrations. Original grey cloth, lettered in black and gilt. This copy was a gift from the author Philip 'Henry' Gosse, the English naturalist, to Ada (the daughter of the author Maarten Maartens ). Dedication to FFEP is dated 1905. [viii], 274, [6] pp. 200 x 135 mm (7¾ x 5¼ inches). Spine cloth is starting to split at the head, and there are signs of tiny water splashes to tail of spine. Foxing throughout, but overall this is a reasonable copy.

    Book ID: 2817
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  • Alphabet van Viervoetige Dieren. by [Anon]
    [Anon]
    Alphabet van Viervoetige Dieren. Met 24 gekleurde plaatjes

    Gouda: G. B. van Goor Zonen, 1844. First edition. Softback with paper covers. 24 letters of the alphabet (the letters Q and X being the exceptions) are assigned an animal illustration, examples of how to write that letter, and a short verse of poetry about the animal in Dutch. Illustrations are hand coloured. A charming children's book. 220 x 140 mm (8¾ x 5½ inches).

    Condition: The covers are detached, but present. These are fragile, with some loss to the lower corners on one side. This damage follows throughout the inside of the book as a closed tear. Otherwise the internal pages are in a good condition and the illustrations are bright and clean.

    Book ID: 2545
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