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A Classic in The Study of Greek Dance

GIRONI, Robustiano
Le danze dei Greci descritte e pubblicate pel faustissimo imeneo di Sua Altezza Imperiale e Reale il Serenissimo Principe Ranieri Arciduca d’Austria, ecc. ecc. ecc. e Viceré del Regno Lombardo-Veneto con Sua Altezza Serenissima la Principessa Elisabetta di Savoia-Carignano, ecc. ecc.,

Milan: dall’Imperiale Regia Stamperia, 1820

Folio, 4 leaves, 68 pages, with 6 engraved plates with contemporary coloring.

$6,800.00

THE RARE, SOLE EDITION of this landmark in the history of illustration, typography, and the historical study of dance. The book was published in an edition of only 80 copies on the occasion of the marriage between the Archduke Ranieri of Habsburg, Viceroy of the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom, and the Princess Elisabetta of Savoy-Carignano.

Robustiano Gironi (1769-1838) was a man of letters and a public official of the Milanese State under both Napoleonic and Austrian rule.

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References: Blackmer 693; Lipperheide 185; Magriel, Bibliography of Dancing, p. 81; G.G. Fagioli Vercellone, s.v. ‘Gironi, Robustiano’, DBI 56 (2001); G. Pucci, Per un’archeologia del gesto: la reinvenzione moderna della danza antica, «Classico Contemporaneo» 2 (2016), 25-40; Encyclopedia.com, s.v. ‘Neoclassicism’.

With a Rare Bibliography of Chess

Rocco, Benedetto (fl. 1783-1816); Cancellieri, Francesco (1751-1826)
Dissertazione del ch. signore d. Benedetto Rocco napoletano sul giuoco degli scacchi.

Rome: Francesco Bourliè, 1817

Large Duodecimo: 18.5 x 11 cm. 58, [2] pp. A-B12, C6

$4,500.00

A rare and important chess book comprising the Neapolitan chess player Benedetto Rocco’s “Dissertazione sul Giuoco degli Scacchi agli oziosi”(p. 7-26) and the Abbé Francesco Cancellieri’s important bio-bibliographical catalogue of chess players and their books, "Biblioteca ragionata degli scrittori del givoco degli scacchi" (p. 27-58). Rocco's "Dissertazione" was first published in the “Giornale enciclopedico” (1783).

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Fumagalli 1846; Walker “Bibliographical Catalogue of Printed Books and Writers on Chess” p. 282

With an Account of Benjamin Franklin's Kite Experiment

ELECTRICITY. Calandrelli, Giuseppe
Ragionamento sopra il conduttore elettrico Quirinale dell'abate Giuseppe Calandrelli

Rome: nella stamperia Salomoni, 1789

Octavo: 20.5 x 140 cm. [2], xxxvi p.

$4,800.00

First edition of this rare publication, dealing with the construction of the lightning conductor installed on the Quirinal Palace in Rome (in order to prevent further damage from lightning strikes.)

Calandrelli discusses the electrical experiments of other well-known scientists such as Priestley, Toaldo, Landriani, De Saussure, Reccaria, Lord Malion, and above all, those of Benjamin Franklin, including Franklin's iconic kite experiment of June 1752.

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Wheeler Gift 554

The Scandalous Life of Elizabeth Chudleigh

Chudleigh, Elizabeth (c. 1720-1788)
An Authentic Detail of Particulars relative to the Late Duchess of Kingston.

London: Printed for G. Kearsley, at Johnson’s Head, No. 46, Fleet-Street, 1788

Octavo: 21 x 13 cm. pp. [ii], ii, 178, [18]. Collation: [A]2, B-Z4, A1. With an added engraved frontispiece of the Duchess, with breasts exposed "as she appeared at the Venetian Ambassador

$3,800.00

Duchess of Kingston, granddaughter of the poet Mary Chudleigh (1656-1710), from whom “she seemed to have inherited no notable literary tastes or talents”(Rizzo) Elizabeth was notorious for her sexual escapades, daring, and profligacy. She studiously cultivated this image, referring to herself (in the third person) thus: “She was both wasteful and penurious; the most enormous sums were expended to gratify her love of display, at the same time that she refused to incur some trifling necessary expense in her household….

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ESTC T92902

The Grand Tour. 18th c. Views of Rome by Piranesi’s Pupil

ROME. Cassini, Giovanni Maria (1745-1824)
Nuova raccolta delle megliori vedute antiche et moderne di Roma disegnate ed incise da Giovanni Cassini.

Rome: Venanzio Monaldini, 1779

Oblong folio: 27 x 40.5 cm. Engraved allegorical title, dedication leaf, index, and 80 engraved plates.

$12,500.00

First edition of these elegant views of Roman monuments by the engraver Giovanni Maria Cassini, who learned his craft from none other than Giambattista Piranesi, and who would go on to win fame as an important map and globe-maker. In the “Nuova raccolta”, Cassini includes a view of Santa Maria Del Priorato (pl. 13), one of the very few architectural designs of Piranesi to come to fruition, and a church considered to be the first Neoclassical building in Rome.

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Cicognara 3657; Millard, Italian No. 30

Zanotti, Eustachio (1709-1782)
Ephemerides motuum caelestium ex anno 1775 in annum 1786 ad meridianum Bononiae es Halleii tabulis supputatae.

Bologna: Ex typ. Lælii a Vulpe Instituti scientiarum impressoris, 1774

Quarto: 26.5 x 20 cm. VII, 384. With an engraved frontispiece, engraved title vignette, and 3 folding engraved plates.

$2,800.00

In 1750 Zanotti produced a volume covering 1751-1762. In 1762 he published another volume for the years 1763-1774. This volume, for 1775-1786 was the last published in Zanotti’s lifetime. In 1786, his successor at the observatory, Petronio Mateucci, published a final volume for 1787-1798.

Like the astronomer Eustachio Manfredi, his godfather, Zanotti belonged to a prominent family distinguished in the arts, letters, and sciences.

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Houzeau-L. 15537; Riccardi I/2, 655, 34; DSB XIV, 589

A Fantastic Florentine Spectacle: The Victory of the Persian Warrior-Queen Tomyris over Cyrus the Great of Persia

FESTIVALS.
LA VITTORIA DI TOMIRI REGINA DEI MASSAGETI riportata sopra di Ciro primo re di Persia battaglia da rappresentarsi in Firenze sulla piazza di S. Croce da un numero di circa 600. giovani cittadini in aggiunta alle grandiose feste solite farsi in questa città per la Natività del gloriosissimo protettore S. Giovanni Battista nel corrente anno 1772.

Florence: nella stamp. di S.A.R. per Gaetano Cambiagi, 1772

Quarto: 24 p. With a folding engraved plate.

$5,400.00

Extremely rare: Only 2 copies worldwide recorded outside of Italy, neither of them in North America.

A description of a spectacle staged at Florence in June and July 1772, on the occasion of the feast of Saint John the Baptist, the city's patron saint. The main event took the form of a mock battle in Piazza S. Croce with allegorical floats, horses, camels, and two armies made up of over 600 men in costumes designed by Francesco Mainero.

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Moreni I, p. 377

The First Edition of Catherine Jemmat's Poems

Jemmat, Catherine (1714-1766)
Miscellanies, in prose and verse. By Mrs. Catherine Jemmat. Daughter of the late Admiral Yeo, of Plymouth, and Author of her own Memoirs.

London: Printed for the author, 1766

Quarto: [16], 28 ,33-227, [1]p. Collation: a-d2, B-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Lll2

$2,500.00

First edition of this collection by the diarist Catherine Jemmat. Jemmat tells us that some of the poems were supplied by friends, and there is as yet no scholarly consensus on which poems may be confidently ascribed to her. Yet a number of the poems and the essays seem to reflect aspects of Jemmat's own difficult life. She suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her father and husband, and was forced to write in order to support herself and her young daughter.

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ESTC T39452

A Fantastic Set of Vasi's Views of Rome- Augmented With 17 Additional Plates

ROME. Vasi, Giuseppe (1710-1782)
Delle magnificenze di Roma antica e moderna.

Roma: Chracas, Barbiellini, Pagliarini, 1747- 1761

$65,000.00

"Only ten years older than his main competitor, Piranesi, Giuseppe Vasi came to Rome from Palermo in 1736. Of well-to-do family and classically educated, for his entire career Vasi enjoyed the high patronage of the Neapolitan aristocracy, the Spanish monarchs, and a succession of popes. As chamberlain of Charles III, king of the Two Sicilies, Vasi set up his workshop in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome.

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Cicognara, 3897. Berlin katalog, 1880. Schudt 306. Brunet V, 1098; RIBA 3389-98; National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, IV (2000), No. 141

The Monuments of Ancient Rome Engraved by Piranesi’s Collaborator & Rival

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762)
Les Plus Beaux Monuments De Rome Ancienne. Ou Recueíl Des Plus Beaux Morceaux de L'Antiquité Romaine Qui Existent Encore: Dessinés Par Monsieur Barbault Peintre Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roy a Rome, Et Gravés, en 128 Planches Avec Leur Explication.

Rome: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires François rüe du Cours près de Saint Marcel, de l 1761

Large Folio: 51 x 35.5 cm. VIII, 90 pp. Collation: [π]1, [a]-[c]1, A-Z, Aa-Yy1. With 73 added plates. Complete.

$16,000.00

The French artist Jean Barbault arrived in Rome in 1747 and quickly became involved with the circle of Piranesi, with whom he worked on the “Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna” and for whose “Antichità Romane” he contributed figures for 14 plates “thus becoming one of the few official collaborators” of Piranesi. Barbault’s own views appeared 7 years after his collaboration with Piranesi.

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La Cicognara 3593; Fowler 37; Millard IV, no. 13; RIBA, Early Printed Books, 184

“The Foundation of a Library of California”. A Jesuit Natural history of California. With the Kino Map

Venegas, Miguel, S.J. (1680-1764)
Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an accurate description of that Country, Its Soil, Mountains, Harbours, Lakes, Rivers, and Seas; Its Animals, Vegetables, Minerals, and Famous Fishery for Pearls. The Customs of the Inhabitants, Their Religion, Government, and Manner of Living Before Their Conversion the Christian Religion by the missionary Jesuits : together with accounts of the several voyages and attempts made for settling California and taking actual surveys of that country, its gulf, and coast of the South-sea : illustrated with copper plates, and an accurate map of the country and the adjacent seas / tr. from the original Spanish of Miguel Venegas, a Mexican Jesuit, published at Madrid 1758

London: For James Rivington and James Fletcher, 1759

Two large octavo volumes: [20], 455; [8], 387. I. A8, a2, B-Z8, Aa-Ff8, Gg4 II. A4, B-Z8, Aa-Bb8, Cc2. With four added engraved plates and a large folding map.

$4,200.00

This English translation preceded the French and German translations. Considered by Cowan to be "the foundation of a library of California," this work is the most extensive account of Lower California of its period. It was presumably published in part to counteract anti-Jesuit statements that had appeared in accounts of George Anson's voyage in the Pacific (1740-1744). Venegas was for many years a Jesuit missionary among the Indians of Mexico and California and his account of the Jesuit Missions in California ("The Reduction of California by the Jesuits, and their transactions to the present time") occupies more than half of the text of both volumes (more than 450 pages).

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Sommervogel VIII, col 559; Cowan, p. 658. Graff 4471. Hill, p. 307.

With Descriptions of 279 Gems and Stones

MINERALOGY. Leonardi, Camillo (1451-1550)
The mirror of stones: In which the nature, generation, properties, virtues and various species of more than 200 different jewels, precious and rare stones, are distinctly described. Also certain and insallible rules to know the good from the bad, how to prove their genuineness, and to distinguish the real from counterseits. Extracted from the works of Aristotle, Pliny, Isiodorus, Dionysius Alexandrinus, Albertus Magnus, &c. By Camillus Leonardus, M.D. a treatise of infinite use, not only to jewellers, lapidaries, and merchants who trade in them, but to the nobility and gentry, who purchase them either for curiosity, use, or ornament. Dedicated by the author to Csar Borgia. Now first translated into English.

London: printed for J. Freeman in Fleet street, 1750

Octavo: 17.2 x 11 cm. xiv, 15-119, 200-240p. Collation: A-K8. Complete.

$4,800.00

First English edition of Leonardi's " Speculum lapidum"(1502), "The first original work on stones, gems, and minerals conceived after more than two centuries of silence by the scientists, but certainly not of neglect by the wealthy ones. Leonardi’s work, composed of three books written sometime between 1480 and 1500, describes all the stones he could find reference to, mostly drawing information from Pliny, but also from many other sources, especially the Arab ones mediated by the late medieval authors.

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ISTC T146554; Thorndike, History of Magic, 1923-58: 6, 298-302; Sinkankas, Gemology Bibliography, 1993: no. 3896

A Beautiful Copy of "One of the Most Exquisitely Illustrated Astronomical Works Ever Printed” -Kenney

Marinoni, Giovanni Jacopo de (1676-1755)
De Astronomica Specula Domestica et Organico Apparatu Astronomico.

Vienna: Leopold J. Kaliwoda, 1745

Folio: 36.6 x 25.4 cm [12] ff., 210 pp., [1] f. Collation: [a]2, b-d2, )(2, )()(2, A-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Iii2. Including an engraved frontispiece signed Sedlmayr after Bertoli and a title printed in red and black. The text is illustrated with 17 half- to full-page engravings and 43 added engraved folding plates. Complete.

$28,000.00

First edition of this lavishly illustrated description of Marinoni's astronomical observatory in Vienna and its instruments, including the astronomer's numerous telescopes, the (fixed) mural quadrant, the quadrant "ampliatus" and the position micrometer, with its screws, indices and two-lens telescope. One of Marinoni's micrometers, a gift to Eustachio Manfredi, the first Director of the Bologna Observatory, was used by the Bolognese astronomers to observe the transit of Venus in 1761.

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Kenny, Catalogue of Rare Astronomical Books, p. 200 (1745); Riccardi I.119; Poggendorff II, 53; Lalande 426; Mayer II, 27; see Zinner, Astronom. Instrumente, 206 and 437; Turner, Early Scientific Instruments. Europe 1400-1800, p. 223: "a remarkable collection of equipment".

The Single most Valuable contribution to Wunderkammer Studies. The Complete 3 Volume Edition

Valentini, Michael Bernhard (1657-1729)
Museum Museorum, oder vollständige Schau-Bühne aller Materialien und Specereyen, nebst deren natürlichen Beschreibung. Aus andern Material-Kunst- und Naturalien-Kammern, Oost- und West-Indischen Reiss-Beschreibungen.

Frankfurt: heirs of Johann David Zunner and Johann Adam Jungen, 1714

Folio: 3 volumes in one. 38.5 x 24 cm. With two engraved titles, 95 engraved plates, of which many double-page, 287 engravings, and 5 woodcuts in text. Collation: Vol. I: π1 (half-title), 1 (engraved t.p.), π4, )(4; ) () (2, )( )( )(2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Ttt4, **2, A-I4, K2, π2, (A)-(P)4. Vol. II: π1 (half title), 1 (engraved t.p.), π4, )()( 6, A-Z4, Aa4, Bb2, a-o4, p2. Vol. III: π4, [A]-[Z]4, [Aa]-{Ff]4, [Gg]2, *4, **2, a6.

$24,000.00

A complete three-volume copy of Valentini’s “Museum of museums”, a comprehensive survey of European Wunder- kunst- und Schatzkammern. “Valentini was the personal physician to the Margrave of Assia and professor of experimental science and medicine at Giessen. His 'Museum Museorum' is the single most valuable contribution to Wunderkammer studies as it reprints many early collection catalogues [many of which are completely unobtainable now] and gives a list of all the museums known to exist at the time (some 159).

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Cobres I p. 106 n. 9; Eales 1259; Ferguson II pp.493-95; Nissen BBI 2035 and ZBI 4217; Alden 714/146.

The First Edition of Anne Finch’s Poems

Winchilsea, Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of (1661-1720)
Miscellany Poems, on Several Occasions. Written by a Lady. [with: “Aristomenes: or, the royal shepherd. A tragedy”]

London: Printed for J.B. and sold by Benj. Tooke at the Middle-Temple-Gate, William Taylor in Pater-Noster-Row, and James Round in Exchange-Alley, Cornhill, 1713

Large octavo: 19 x 12 cm. [8], 390 pp. A4, B-Z8, Aa-Bb8, Cc4 (lacking the final blank) Leaves E8, G1 and G3 are cancels.

$8,500.00

Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, was one of the few women of her period to pursue a career as a poet, one of the earliest published women poets, and “one of the best English women poets before the nineteenth-century” (McGovern). This collection of Finch’s work, consisting of eighty-six poems and her second tragedy, is the only collection of her poetry to be printed prior to the 20th century.

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Foxon, F-140; Hayward 151; Rothschild 2585; Williams, Points, p. 72; Lowndes IV, 2949; Graesse VI, 460-61

The Hungarian "Monster" - The Conjoined Sisters Ilona and Judit Gófitz

CONJOINED TWINS. DEFORMITIES. WOMEN. Werther, Georg Christian
Disputatio medica de Monstro Hungarico.

Leipzig, Christian Goez, 1707

Quarto: 19 x 15 cm. 20 p. A-C4

$3,900.00

A description of the conjoined Hungarian twins, Ilona and Judit Gófitz, who were born at Szőny on October 19, 1701, and who lived, without being separated, to adulthood. From the age of 2 until the age of 9 the girls were "exhibited" throughout Europe.

The sisters were examined by numerous physicians and scientists, and an account of the twins was read before the Royal Society in May 1708.

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The First Edition. A Fine Copy in a Contemporary Binding

Chudleigh, Mary Lee, Lady (bap. 1656- d. 1710)
Poems on several occasions. Together with The song of the three children paraphras’d. By the Lady Chudleigh

London: printed by W[illiam]. B[owyer]. for Bernard Lintott at the Middle Temple Gate in Fleetstreet, 1703

Octavo: 19.5 x 12 cm. [16], 125, [17], 73, [1] pp. Collation: A-O8, P4

$15,000.00

Mary Chudleigh was a friend of Elizabeth Thomas and an admirer of Mary Astell, with whom she corresponded and whose ‘Defence of the Female Sex’ she tried to emulate. Dedicated to Queen Anne, her ‘Poems on Several Occasions’ was widely noticed, achieving a second edition in 1709. The poems include a wide range of subjects, from lyrics and satires of the age of Dryden, to philosophical and more contemplative verse in keeping with the solitary and often melancholy life that she led in Devon.

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Foxon p. 121; ESTC t97275; Maslen and Lancaster, Bowyer ledgers, D36

One of the Two Pillars of Early Modern English "Feminism"

FEMINISM. GENDER. PHILOSOPHY. Drake, Judith (fl. 1696-1723)
An essay in defence of the female sex. In which are inserted the characters of a pedant, a squire, a beau, a vertuoso, a poetaster, a city-critick, &c. In a letter to a lady. Written by a lady. The Third edition with additions.

London: Printed for A. Roper at the Black Boy, and R. Clavel at the Peacock, both in Fleetstreet, 1697

Octavo: 18 x 11 cm. [32], 148, [4] pp. plus plate. Collation: A-B8, B-K8, L4

$8,500.00

The preliminaries of this edition have been expanded by the addition of two letters, the first written by James Drake to the anonymous author, in which he writes about the absurdity of certain men who have charged him with being the author of the “Essay”, and Judith Drake’s reply, in which she defends her anonymity: “This advantage however I reap by being unknown, that I frequently hear unsuspected, the unbias’d opinions of those that criticize upon me, and scarce, without scorn, hear most men pronounce it a performance above the ability of a woman, yet none answer the arguments in it to the contrary.

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Wing D 2125C (formerly Wing A 4058, under Astell); Halkett & Laing, "Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous English Literature", Vol. 2; Additional reading: Brenda Tooley, "'Like a False Renegade': The Ends and Means of Feminist Apologetics in 'A Dialogue concerning Women and An Essay in Defence of the Female Sex'", The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 36.2 (1995): pp. 157-177; Greenough, Bibliography of the Theophrastan Character, p. 140

A Fine Large-Paper Copy of the First Edition

Vergil (Publius Vergilius Maro) (70-19 B.C.); Dryden, John (1631-1700)
THE WORKS OF VIRGIL: Containing His PASTORALS , GEORGICS, AND ÆNEIS. Translated into English Verse; By Mr. Dryden. Adorn’d with a Hundred Sculptures.

London: Printed for Jacob Tonson 1697

Folio: 44.6 x 28.7 cm. [ ]2, A2, *4, **4, ***2, ****2, *****2, †2, ††2 x1, B-G4, [¶]4, [¶¶]2, H-T4, U2; (a)-(f)4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Ffff4, Gggg2, Hhhh-Iiii4, Kkkk2.

$20,000.00

“Dryden’s translation of Vergil” says Pope, (whose own translation of Homer was inspired by Dryden’s work) “is the most noble and spirited translation I know in any language.”

“The book was published by subscription, a system of joint-stock patronage now coming into vogue. Dryden’s correspondence with [his publisher] Tonson showed a good many bickerings during the publication.

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Wing V-616; Macdonald 33A; Wither to Prior #325; Malone I.1.313; See John Barnard “The Large- and Small-Paper Copies of Dryden’s The Works of Virgil (1697)” in “Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America” {Columbia, SC} 92, no. 3 (1998 Sept): p. 259-71.

The Libertine

Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, John (1648-80)
Poems, (&c.) on Several Occasions: with Valentinian: a Tragedy. Written by the Right Honourable John late Earl of Rochester.

London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge’s Head, Near the Inner-Temple Gate in Fleetstreet, 1696

Octavo: 19.2 x 11.5 cm. [10], xv, [7], 208, ‘177’-’224’ (i.e. 256) pp. Collation: A8, a8, B-R8

$6,000.00

“During Rochester’s lifetime only a few of his writings were printed as broadsides or in miscellanies, but many of his works were known widely from manuscript copies, a considerable number of which seem to have existed… In February of 1690/91, Jacob Tonson, the most reputable publisher of the day, produced a volume entitled ‘Poems On Several Occasions.’ The appearance of the author’s name and title on the title page is significant.

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Wing 1757; Prinz XIV; Wither to Prior #987; O’Donnell A 16 (Prologue), BB 4.1c. Woodward & McManaway 1302

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