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41 HILTON, JAMES Good-bye, Mr. Chips
Boston Little Brown 1935 
Special “Birthday Edition.” One of 600 special deluxe copies signed by the author, James Hilton, and H.M. Brock, the illustrator. Very fine bright lovely copy in the plain glassine dust jacket which is fully intact and untorn. Enclosed in the publisher's original slipcase with some minor dust soiling. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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42 HITCHCOCK, JANE STANTON (JACK VALENTI) The Witches' Hammer
New York Dutton 1994 
First Edition, First Printing. Signed and inscribed by the author Jane Stanton Hitchcock to Hollywood executive Jack Valenti and his wife: “For Mary Margaret and Jack Valenti, With fond regards and best witches! Jane Stanton Hitchcock. March 13, 1995, New York City”. Ms. Hitchcock has drawn a cat and a witch's hat below her signature. From the library of film executive Jack Valenti. With a Certificate of Authenticity. Hint of foxing to the top and outer edges, else a fine copy in a fine dust jacket with a 1/4” tear to the bottom rear flap fold. The novel tells the story of how a rare book collector is murdered, with the theft of his copy of a 15th century grimoire as the primary clue for his daughter to follow in her efforts to bring justice for her father. Jack Valenti (1921-2007) is best known in his long-time role as President of the Motion Picture Association of America from 1966 to 2004. During his 38 year position in the MPAA, Valenti created the MPAA film rating system which is still used today. In 1963, Valenti was in the John F. Kennedy motorcade in Dallas, and he is seen in the famous photograph of Lyndon Johnson being sworn in as President on Air Force One. Valenti flew back to Washington with Johnson and literally lived in the White House for two months helping Johnson take the reins of the presidency. He was the first special assistant to President Johnson and served at Johnson's direction as a liaison to the Republican Congressional leadership. Hollywood mogul and Democratic fundraiser Lew Wasserman pressured Lyndon Johnson to let Valenti leave in 1966 to run the MPAA. A striking and articulate man who easily made friends, Valenti became a figure of considerable influence in both Hollywood and Washington. Few people have known as many famous and powerful people as Valenti. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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43 HOLLIS, TIM & GREG EHRBAR Mouse Tracks. The Story of Walt Disney Records. Foreword by Leonard Maltin
New York Viking 2006 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author Greg Ehrbar to actor Alan Young: “To Alan, Thank you for all the joy & laughter! Best Always, Greg Ehrbar, 2007.” With Alan Young's signature. Mr. Young is mentioned at several places in the text. Laid in is a neatly folded full-color poster, 11” x 14 1/2”, “Walt Disney Records, 50 Years turning Music into Gold,” with 49 images of Walt Disney records from Mickey Mouse to The Lion King. Fine copy in printed wrappers. A celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Walt Disney Records, featuring much behind-the-scenes stories and photos of Walt Disney Studios. With information on such classic recordings of Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Cinderella, Bambi, Jiminy Cricket, Winnie the Pooh, Mary Poppins, and even Walt Disney himself. With featured material on Annette Funicello, Hayley Mills, and more. Alan Young worked with the most famous talking horse, Mister Ed, one of the most beloved television shows of all time. He is also known for his role of Filby, opposite Rod Taylor in the classic film version of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (1960) directed by George Pal, and has appeared in such motion pictures as Mr. Belvedere Goes to College, Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick, Androcles and the Lion, and has provided the voice for Scrooge McDuck for Walt Disney cartoon films. In 1952 Alan Young received two Emmy's for ‘The Alan Young Show.' 
Price: 375.00 USD
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44 HUIE, WILLIAM BRADFORD The Hero of Iwo Jima and Other Great Stories
New York Signet Books 1962 
First Edition - Paperback Original. Signed by the author William Bradford Huie to his publisher: “3-13-62, For Kurt, with best wishes, Bill”. Very good copy with some light handling and edge wear. A movie tie-in edition issued to accompany the release of the film The Outsider directed by Delbert Mann, written by William Bradford Huie and Stewart Stern, starring Tony Curtis, James Franciscus, and Gregory Walcott. From the library of Dr. Kurt Enoch (1895-1982) who was a noted German publisher, forced to flee the Nazis, landing in New York in 1940. In 1948, Dr. Enoch co-founded and became President of New American Library - Signet Books which became one of the successful and acclaimed post-war publishing houses. Enoch went on to become one of the most highly regarded figures in American book publishing. Signet #D2091 
Price: 60.00 USD
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45 INNES, HAMMOND The Mary Deare
London Collins 1956 
First Edition. Hammond Innes's personal copy, signed by him on his bookplate affixed to the dedication page. Very good copy with a touch of use and a very faint scattering of spots to the cloth in a near fine dust jacket with some minor fading to the spine, a hint of darkening to the rear panel, and a tiny tear to the top edge of the front panel. The author's most famous work and the basis of the acclaimed film, The Wreck of the Mary Deare, screenplay by Eric Ambler, directed by Michael Anderson, and starring Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave, Richard Harris, Virginia McKenna, Emlyn Williams, and Alexander Knox. 
Price: 10000.00 USD
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46 INNES, HAMMOND The Wreck of the Mary Deare
New York Knopf 1956 
First Edition - American. Hammond Innes's personal copy with his bookplate which is hand-autographed by him. Faint hint of dust soiling to the cloth at the spine, else a fine fresh copy in a dust jacket with a slight trace of sunning at spine. The author's most famous work and the basis of the acclaimed film, The Wreck of the Mary Deare, starring Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, and Michael Redgrave. One of the great nautical novels of all-time. 
Price: 7500.00 USD
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47 INNES, HAMMOND (CHARLTON HESTON, GARY COOPER, MICHAEL REDGRAVE, RICHARD HARRIS, VIRGINIA MCKENNA, MICHAEL ANDERSON) The Wreck of the Mary Deare
New York Knopf 1956 
First Edition - American. Signed by the cast and crew of the acclaimed film to the book's author Hammond Innes, including Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston with the following inscriptions: “and Many thanks for ‘Patch' [Cooper's character, Gideon Patch], Sincerely, Gary Cooper” and “With admiration for the book and thanks for the part! Charlton Heston.” With the signatures of cast and crew: “Michael Anderson (director), Julian Blaustein (executive producer), Richard Harris, Michael Redgrave, Virginia McKenna, Emlyn Williams, Alexander Knox, Cecil Parker, Peter Illing, Ben Wright, and John Le Mesurier. Hammond Innes's personal copy with his bookplate and label “From the Library of Hammond Innes” affixed to the front pastedown. Faint hint of dust soiling to the cloth at the spine, else a fine fresh copy in a dust jacket with a slight trace of sunning at spine and a couple of tiny nicks. One of the great nautical novels of all-time. 
Price: 17500.00 USD
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48 JACOBSON, STUART (WILDER, BILLY) Only the Best. A Celebration of Gift Giving in America (ISBN: 0810914832 / 0-8109-1483-2)
New York Abrams 1985 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy inscribed by the author Stuart Jacobson to the great film director Billy Wilder and his wife, the actress Audrey Young, whom he met on the set at Paramount during the filming of Wilder's film ‘The Lost Weekend.' Inscribed: “Dear Mr. and Mrs. Wilder, I just want to thank you for your wonderful contribution to Only the Best. I hope you are pleased and that you enjoy this gift. Only the Best Always, Stuart Jacobson, October 1, 1985.” Laid in is a typed letter signed from Stuart Jacobson on his personal printed stationery to the Wilders, dated September 27, 1985, and reads: “Dear Mr. and Mrs. Wilder, Once again, thank you for your wonderful contribution to Only the Best. I hope you are pleased with the result. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future and hope you enjoy the book. Again, thank you for helping to make my dream a reality. Only the Best, Stuart.” With matching envelope. Small dent to the rear board and rear panel of the jacket, else a fine bright copy in a bright dust jacket. This oversize art book is a collection of examples of interesting and often unique gifts between well-known people and Jacobson's inscription and letter refers to a section in the book (pgs. 182 - 183) which details a gift from the artist David Hockney to his friends and supporters Billy and Audrey Wilder. Hockney describes how he created an elaborate table setting for a dinner party in honor of Billy, to be held in his art studio next to a painting he had recently finished. He created painted centerpieces and place settings which reflected the colors and themes of the painting. Also present at the dinner were Christopher Isherwood, Don Bachardy, and Tony Richardson. Hockney made sure that Billy was seated facing the painting so that he could enjoy it and the table design. Billy Wilder's legendary status in Hollywood as a director, screenwriter, and producer includes such classic films as Ninotchka, Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Stalag 17, Some Like it Hot, The Seven Year Itch, The Apartment, and The Fortune Cookie. Gershe wrote the original screenplay Funny Face, and the book for the Broadway Musical Destry Rides Again. Touch of darkening to the edges, else a fine copy in a near fine bright dust jacket with one tiny tear. The basis of the 1972 film with a screenplay by Gershe, starring Edward Albert and Goldie Hawn. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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49 KANIN, GARSON Blow Up a Storm
New York Random House 1959 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy inscribed by the author, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and film director Garson Kanin to film and television actor Arthur Hill and his wife, inscribed: “For Peggy & Arthur with love, Gar, 1959.” Near fine lightly used copy in a very good lightly dust soiled dust jacket with some fading to the spine. Garson Kanin's work as a film director includes such memorable films as Adam's Rib, The Marrying Kind, Pat and Mike, and many more. Arthur Hill starred in the film version of Michael Crichton's provocative novel The Andromeda Strain and also appeared in Futureworld which was based upon an original screen story by Crichton and was the sequel to Westworld which Crichton directed. In addition to his acclaimed title role in the popular TV series Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, Arthur Hill has appeared in numerous motion pictures including Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes (as the narrator), A Little Romance with Laurence Olivier, The Killer Elite directed by Sam Peckinpah, Rabbit, Run based upon John Updike's best-selling novel also starring James Caan and Carrie Snodgrass, The Chairman, Petulia, Harper with Paul Newman and Lauren Bacall, and many more. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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50 KANIN, GARSON Born Yesterday
New York Viking 1946 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author Garson Kanin: “For Hank Connors with thanks, Garson Kanin, NYC 1953.” Illustrated with a scene from the Broadway production of Born Yesterday, starring Judy Holliday, Paul Douglas, and Gary Merrill. Near fine copy in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with a very faint hint of darkening to the spine and rear panel, a minor spot at the bottom of the spine, and a few nicks and tiny tears. in a very good used dust jacket with half inch chips at the top and bottom of the spine. The basis of the delightful motion picture starring Judy Holliday, William Holden and Broderick Crawford. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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51 KELLOGG, MARJORIE (OTTO PREMINGER) Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
New York Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1968 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by Otto Preminger, the director of the film adaptation of this novel by Marjorie Kellogg, who also wrote the screenplay. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “For Barbara with best wishes. Cordially, Otto Preminger”. Fine copy in an about fine dust jacket with just a hint of handling. The film starred Liza Minnelli in the title role alongside her co-stars Wayne Tippit, Guy Sorel, Robert Moore, Ken Howard, and James Coco. The film was released in 1970 and tells the story of a young woman named Junie Moon whose face has been disfigured by ill-gotten burns, and whose life is enriched by her relationships with an eclectic group of friends. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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52 KNIGHT, ERIC This Above All
London Cassell 1941 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Eric Knight, with a lengthy and content rich two-page inscription by him including details about the trials of living and publishing during war time. Inscribed: “To Aquilla Hanson, This is the same as the American edition except that all the ‘bloodies' are cleaned up because Clive wasn't allowed to swear before Prue in England. The Lord Chamberlain is final dictator on such things, and no appeal. It came out late because Cassells was bombed and destroyed completely and printed pages all burned. It's all gone, La Belle Sauvage Yard where John Smith too the beautiful savage, Pocahontas, and set up a pub. I lived up the street and it used to break my heart to see demolition squads shoveling away history into a rubble-truck. Sir Newman Flower said they found artifacts in the foundations and also still preserved a wooden dock of the Roman times which showed the yard was built over what had been the Fleet River 2000 years ago, after which Fleet St. was named. The river is gone, but some of Fleet St. is still left to carry on. There were holographic and signed copies of original Dickenses and Wildes and so on in the cellar at Cassells. Eric Knight.” Laid in are several newspaper clippings regarding Mr. Knight's life, his tragic death in an air crash in Dutch Guiana (now Suriname) in 1943 when he was a Major in the United States Army - Special Services, and a photo of Knight's widow, Jere Knight, taken in 1944 while she was serving as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Women's Air Corps. in London. Near fine copy with minor edge wear in a very good bright dust jacket with a touch of dust soiling and some small chips and tiny tears. The front panel and spine of the dust jacket is a color painting showing the central characters, the young couple Clive and Prue (referred to by Knight in his inscription), standing near the famed White Cliffs of Dover which is being bombed, witnessing enemy planes overhead illuminated by spotlights. ‘This Above All' is the basis of the acclaimed World War II romantic drama directed by Anatole Litvak, screenplay by R.C. Sherriff, starring Tyrone Power, Joan Fontaine, Nigel Bruce, Thomas Mitchell, and Sara Allgood. The film won an Oscar for Best Art Direction - Interior Decoration, Black & White, and was nominated for Best Cinematography, Black & White, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound, Recording. Eric Knight (1897 - 1943) is most identified with his classic novels about an amazing and courageous collie named Lassie, the basis of several television series and films. Knight had a varied military career in addition to his life as a novelist, including service in the Canadian Army during World War I and his final position in the U.S. Army - Special Services. Knight's poignant inscription in this book is an indication of his generous and gentlemanly nature and his personal understanding of the lasting consequences of war. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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53 KNOTT, FREDERICK Dial “M” For Murder
New York Random House 1953 
Second printing. This copy is hand-signed by the entire original Broadway cast on the printed cast page and this copy belonged to Richard Aldrich, husband of the famous actress Gertrude Lawrence with his signature on the front free-endpaper. The book is signed by Maurice Evans, Anthony Dawson, Richard Derr, Gusti Huber, Porter Van Zandt, John Williams as well as by Billy Matthews, the stage manager of the original production. Hardbound in original cloth. The front and rear covers are scraped along the bottom edge and substantially at the bottom front corner area, there is offsetting to the front and rear endpapers, otherwise a very good copy in a very good dust jacket with a one inch tear at the tope of rear cover. The basis of the acclaimed Alfred Hitchcock directed film. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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54 KOSINSKI, JERZY The Quotations of Chauncey Gardiner
Los Angeles United Artists 1980 
First Edition. Inscribed and signed by the author, Jerzy Kosinski, to fellow writer Wayne Warga and his wife. Inscribed: “For Carol and Wayne, with much thought, Jerzy, Feb. 1980.” 24 pages. Paperbound. Fine. Written by Kosinski at the time of the release of the film adaptation of his novel, Being There, starring Peter Sellers as Chauncey Gardiner, and sent out to a small group of film reviewers and motion picture industry figures. The piece starts with a mockup of the front page of the Washington relating the election of Chauncey Gardiner, then the book is a series of sayings by Chauncey Gardiner and each is illustrated by Arsen Roje with amusing drawings of Peter Sellers in the role. Very scarce. From the library of journalist and novelist Wayne Warga. The youngest editor at Life Magazine at age 25, Warga reported on John F. Kennedy's race for the Presidency, and went on to cover the Civil Rights movement for the magazine. For many years, Warga was one of the leading writers at the Los Angeles Times where he did in depth articles and features on writers and people in the arts. Later, Warga became a mystery novelist, creating three well-received bibliomysteries: Hardcover, Fatal Impressions, and Singapore Transfer, featuring Los Angeles rare book dealer, Jeffrey Dean. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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55 LAWRENCE, JEROME A Golden Circle
Los Angeles Sun & Moon Press 1993 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Jerome Lawrence. A novel written by the co-author of such classics as Inherit the Wind and Auntie Mame. Fine in dust jacket. Based on his Broadway experiences. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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56 MARTIN, STEVE Shopgirl
New York Hyperion 2000 
First Edition. Signed by the author Steve Martin: “To Dolores, Steve Martin.” Fine copy in a fine dust jacket. The basis of the film Shopgirl also written by Steve Martin, directed by Anand Tucker, starring Steve Martin, Claire Danes, and Jason Schwartzman. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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57 MATLIN, MARLEE Deaf Child Crossing
New York Simon & Schuster 2002 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Marlee Matlin on the title page: “Marlee Matlin, 10/30/02.” As new in an as new dust jacket. A novel for young adults about two girls who become best friends; one of whom is deaf, by Marlee Matlin, Academy Award winning actress for her role in Children of a Lesser God opposite William Hurt, The Player, It's My Party, and for many television appearances, including Seinfeld, The Practice, and currently on The West Wing. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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58 MAUGHAM, W. SOMERSET Liza of Lambeth
London T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd. 1923 
Later printing. Signed presentation copy from Maugham to Harpo Marx. Inscribed by the author: “For Harpo Marx in memory of the swimming pool from W.S. Maugham.” From the library of Harpo Marx, the great clown of the Marx Brothers comedy team, and his wife actress Susan Fleming Marx, former member of the Ziegfeld Follies and star of early talking films like Million Dollar Legs with W.C. Fields. Very good copy with a trace of darkening to the endpapers, slight fading to the cloth at the spine, and minor signs of use without dust jacket. With a charming bookplate illustrated by Susan Marx with a drawing of Harpo in his comic character which reads: “FROM THE LIBRARY OF HARPO & SUSAN MARX.” Harpo Marx first became friends with Maugham in the late 1920s when Alexander Woollcott took Harpo to Maugham's home, the Villa Mauresque, on the French Riviera. Maugham's inscription refers to an incident from that visit recorded in Marx's memoirs, ‘Harpo Speaks,' where during a tour of Maugham's upstairs master bedroom Harpo stripped off his clothes and dove off the balcony into Maugham's pool. Woollcott, a bit startled looked to Maugham's reaction. Maugham then proceeded to take off his clothes and dove in to join him. Harpo also records a time a the Broadway premiere of the play Dead End, in 1936, he spotted Maugham seated several rows behind him in the audience. “I crawled on on all fours, monkey-fashion, across the tops of the seats...when Maugham said, ‘Terribly sorry I haven't a banana for you, Harpo.'” 
Price: 8500.00 USD
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59 MILLAY, EDNA ST. VINCENT (LADY BIRD JOHNSON, LYNDON B. JOHNSON & JACK VALENTI) Huntsman, What Quarry? Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay
New York Harper 1939 
First Edition. Signed on the front pastedown by the former first lady Lady Bird Johnson using her maiden name and childhood nickname “Bird Taylor Johnson”. This copy was given by her to Hollywood film executive Jack Valenti and member of President Lyndon B. Johnson's staff where it became part of his personal library and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Very good slightly handed copy with a faint narrow dampstain to the to edge of the front board not affecting the interior, some minor spotting, and a bit of darkening to the paper label at the spine which has a small chip in a very good dust jacket with a few small tears and chips, a trace of dampstaining to the spine, and minor darkening. Born Claudia Alta Taylor in 1912, she was referred to by her nursemaid as having the “purity of a ladybird”, another name for the small and lovely red beetle commonly called a “ladybug”. The nickname stuck and replaced her first name for the rest of her life. Her family called her Lady and her husband Lyndon B. Johnson called her Bird. She met Lyndon in 1934 and he proposed on their first date, then married ten weeks later, upon which occasion she used her name “bird” on their marriage license. As Lyndon's political career developed, she enjoyed her own personal successes along the way, and when then Vice President Lyndon became President following John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963. As First Lady, Lady Bird became known for her work advocating a capital beautification project which then evolved into a nation-wide Highway Beautification Act. She can also be credited with creating the modern structure of the role of a First Lady, with her own office, staff, and press secretary. Lady Bird survived her husband by 34 years and went on to champion a variety of philanthropic and environmental conservancy projects. Jack Valenti (1921-2007) is best known in his long-time role as President of the Motion Picture Association of America from 1966 to 2004. During his 38 year position in the MPAA, Valenti created the MPAA film rating system which is still used today. In 1963, Valenti was in the John F. Kennedy motorcade in Dallas, and he is seen in the famous photograph of Lyndon Johnson being sworn in as President on Air Force One. Valenti flew back to Washington with Johnson and literally lived in the White House for two months helping Johnson take the reins of the presidency. He was the first special assistant to President Johnson and served at Johnson's direction as a liaison to the Republican Congressional leadership. Hollywood mogul and Democratic fundraiser Lew Wasserman pressured Lyndon Johnson to let Valenti leave in 1966 to run the MPAA. A striking and articulate man who easily made friends, Valenti became a figure of considerable influence in both Hollywood and Washington. Few people have known as many famous and powerful people as Valenti. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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60 MITCHELL, MARGARET Gone With the Wind
New York Scribner 2005 
The classic novel signed by actor Fred Crane who appeared in the great 1939 film as Brent Tarleton, Scarlett O'Hara's suitor, and he speaks the very first line in the film to Vivien Leigh on the porch at Tara. Signed with his name and that of his character, in blue ink on the title page. Very fine in a very fine dust jacket. The late Fred Crane was the last surviving adult male actor from the film production. One of the most elaborate and difficult film productions of the Golden Age of American Cinema, Gone With the Wind remains one of the most popular movies of all time. The film gave Clark Gable his most memorable role, launched a two year search for an actress to play Scarlett O'Hara eventually making Vivien Leigh an international star, won eleven Academy Awards, and has had such an influence on popular culture that the film has generated continual appeal to new generations. From the time David O. Selznick purchased the film rights to the Margaret Mitchell novel for the then record sum of $50,000 in 1936, he proceeded to spend the next three years bringing his masterpiece to the screen. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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