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Mrs. Tim Flies Home, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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Mrs. Tim Gets a Job, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood, The, Marsh, Jan
201 172 Marsh, Jan Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood, The
Hardcover St Martins Press: NY; 1985; First US Edition 408 pages B&W Illustrations: Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, purple marker gift inscription front free endpaper, top textblock edge faintly soiled, pages pale yellow but clean; no binding problems. Clipped dust wrapper edgeworn with several small tears and scratch marks.; The lives of the lovers, wives, colleagues (Jane Morris, Georgina Burne-Jones, Elizabeth Siddal, Emma Brown, Annnie Miller, and Fannie Cornforth) associated with the Pre-Rapaelite brotherhood. Sections include Youth, Marriage, and Maturity. 'A fascinating tribute to their spirit of independence in circumstances which conspired to suppress it. It includes an intriguing set of photographs as well as reproductions of the paintings and studies they inspired.' Author was a lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery in London at the time of publication; she is now a researcher there. She has written extensively on the Pre-Raphaelites and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She calls this book 'a keynote inquiry into gender relations in the nineteenth-century art world.'; Georgina Burne-Jones was the wife of Edward Burne-Jones and Angela Thirkell's maternal grandmother. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 24.95 USD
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202 2743 MARSHALL, Rosalind Virgins and Viragos : A History of Women in Scotland from 1080-1980
Softcover; Trade PB Academy Chicago: Chicago; 1995; Very Good+  
365 pages; A new book; no spine or cover creases but shows some edgewear.; The author demonstrates that women played a far more active, aggressive role in Scottish life than has usually been deduced. Meticulously researched, crammed with curious information, this is a moving account of how the women of Scotland have more than held their own against unjust law and social prejudice.'  
Price: 15.95 USD
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203 2995 MAZZENO, Laurence W. British Novel, 1680-1832 : An Annotated Bibliography
Hardcover Scarecrow Press: Lanham, MD & London; 1997; Near Fine  
247 pages; A new book. No dust wrapper, as issued.; 'Designed to give scholars a review of important twentieth-century criticism of significant novels written in Britain from the late seventeenth to the late nineteenth centuries, "The British Novel 1680-1832" provides citations for twenty important writers including Jane Austen, William Beckford, Aphra Behn, Fanny Burney, Daniel Defoe, Samuel Johnson, Ann Radcliffe, Sir Walter Scott, Mary Shelley, and Horace Walpole. One chapter is dedicated to each author, with listings categorized first as general studies, followed by listings pertaining to individual novels. Scholars will notice an eclectic collection of criticisms and analyses, ranging from "traditional scholarship" based in sociological, moral, or historical study which is generally patriarchal in outlook, to post-structuralist scholarship such as deconstructionism and feminism. Includes author and subject indexes.' Published @$49.50  
Price: 30.00 USD
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204 965 MITFORD, Jessica American Way of Birth
Hardcover Victor Gollancz Ltd: London; 1992; First British Edition Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
237 pages; Spine ends bumped, a few very small soil spots on covers, no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, has very light edgewear.; 'The author of The American Way of Death provides a history of American childbirth from the nineteenth century to the present, exploring conventional and alternative methods, public health-care programs, high-tech births, and more. "  
Price: 9.50 USD
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205 6466 MITFORD, Nancy Blessing, The
Hardcover Hamish Hamilton: London; 1951; First British Edition 270 pages Very Good 
Spine ends and top corners lightly bumped, vertical spine crease does not damage binding, front board flared. Previous owner bookplate on front pastedown, page edges lightly yellowed and smudged; interior pages clean. Only spine, front panel, and front flap of edgeworn and torn dust wrapper present.; In this charming 1951 novel, Grace Allingham tries to understand the behavior of Charles-Edouard, her wealthy and dashing French husband. Her newly acquired aristocratic world isn't quite as blissful as she thought it would be, as she contends with former and current mistresses. There is the possibility of divorce and the possibility of Grace infatuated or in love with others. This is a very funny, ever-so-satiric novel. Our anglophile fans will enjoy the rising triumph of a young Englishwoman conquering the French. Basis for the 1959 film "Count Your Blessings" starring Deborah Kerr and Rossano Brazzi. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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Don't Tell Alfred, MITFORD, Nancy
206 6533 MITFORD, Nancy Don't Tell Alfred
Hardcover Hamish Hamilton: London; 1960; First British Edition 248 pages Very Good- in Very Good dust wrapper 
Corners and spine ends bumped, pastedowns and free endpapers foxed, text block edges lightly soiled and foxed. Previous owner gift inscription on front free endpaper. Light spine crease does not damage binding, long rear board crease extends to rear pastedown; interior pages pale yellow but clean. Dust wrapper, price cut, is a Cecil Beaton design. Edgeworn with a few chips and short closed tears; white rear panel lightly soiled. ; We meet again some of Mitford's most delightful characters. "When Alfred is suddenly posted to Paris as ambassador, Fanny must manage the huge ambassador's residence. Troubles begin at once when the previous ambassador's wife refuses to leave, setting up a rival salon across the courtyard." 
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Love in a Cold Climate, MITFORD, Nancy
207 7331 MITFORD, Nancy Love in a Cold Climate
Hardcover Folio Society: London; c1949, 1992; First Edition Thus 242 pages Near Fine 
This delightful edition has an introduction by Pauline Tennant and seventeen black and white plates by Roland Pym. Wonderful wraparound pictorial binding, clean, no binding problems. A lovely copy. No dust wrapper as issued, publisher's slipcase lightly soiled and sunned at edges.; "Love in a Cold Climate" is the sequel to, and has the same narrator as "The Pursuit of Love". Fanny's tale turns to Polly Hampton, the outstandingly beautiful, wealthy daughter of Lady Montdore, Lady Montdore's devoted attendant, Boy Dougdale--the Lecherous Lecturer, and the Canadian cousin of the Montdore's, Cedric. It is a tale of sly poking fun, charm, and absorption. Polly is a contemporary of Fanny and Linda's, with even fewer choices to pursue in the game of love and marriage. Like "The Pursuit of Love", this novel is robust in the amazing supporting cast, with the charmingly eccentric Uncle Davey at the forefront. Basis for the 1980 and the 2001 television mini-series.; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS, and AT email discussion list and by several others. This title recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. 'I have 3 copies of Love in a Cold Climate now...' Nancy Mitford is listed on Scott's (author of the 'Furrowed Middlebrow' blog) 'Middlebrow Starter Kit'. Images are of actual copy on offer. 
Price: 28.95 USD
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Sisters, The : The Saga of the Mitford Family [The Mitford Girls: Extraordinary Family], MITFORD] LOVELL, Mary
208 7360 MITFORD] LOVELL, Mary Sisters, The : The Saga of the Mitford Family [The Mitford Girls: Extraordinary Family]
Softcover; Trade PB W. W. Norton: NY; c2001, 2003; 611 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good 
Published as "The Mitford Girls: The Biography of an Extraordinary Family" in the UK. No spine creases, covers creased and a bit edgeworn, several page corners creased; pages clean, none loose. ; 'They were beautiful, brilliant, gloriously eccentric, and their humor was legendary. Everything was perfect, except for their politics. This is the story of a close, loving family splintered by the violent ideologies of Europe between the wars. Jessica was a Communist; Debo became the Duchess of Devonshire; Nancy, the eldest, was one of the best-selling novelists of her day; the ethereally beautiful Diana, married to the Fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley and imprisoned without trial through most of World War II, was the most hated woman in England; Unity Valkyrie Mitford, born in the mining town of Swastika, Alaska, would become obsessed with Adolf Hitler, whom she met on at least 140 occasions. When war was declared between England and Germany, she shot herself in the head. The Mitfords had style, presence, and were extremely gifted: four would go on to write best-selling books. Above all, they were funny—hilariously and often mercilessly so.'; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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Pale as the Dead, MOUNTAIN, Fiona
209 7072 MOUNTAIN, Fiona Pale as the Dead
Hardcover St. Martin's Minotaur: NY; c2002, 2004; First US Edition 278 pages Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper 
Black remainder dot top textblock edge, tiny mark on fore-edge, very lightly bumped spine ends. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. A nice copy.; The first book in the mystery series featuring genealogist / ancestor detective Natasha Blake. 'Pale as the Dead deals with the mysterious death of Lizzie Siddal, a real and fascinating historical figure whose beauty and tragic life have made her into a legend.' (She was the model for the painting featured on the dust wrapper.) 'Lizzie's death has always been shrouded in mystery. She is perhaps best known for the macabre story that tells of her husband, the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, having her coffin dug up to retrieve some poems he had buried with her. When the coffin was opened, Lizzie was said to be as beautiful as the day she died. Pale as the Dead is the story of how the disappearance of a young girl, Bethany, appears to be linked in some way to Lizzie Siddal. Natasha is hired by the missing girl's lover, Adam, whose own life seems to have plenty of dark shadows. An old diary and a famous graveyard lead Natasha into more danger than she bargains for - some people will do anything to keep a secret.'; Recommended by Norma H. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.95 USD
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210 3993 NEELS, Betty Girl with Green Eyes, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Harlequin Press: NY; 1991; First Edition Thus Very Good+  
189 pages; No spine or cover creases, very light edgewear and rubbing. A nice copy. Harlequin Romance #3105; 'Unlike her two sisters, Lucy was happier at home — if only she could find Mr. Right to share it with! But when she had almost given up her search for such a man, the eminent pediatrician William Thurloe came into her life. Attractive and dynamic, he was the answer to her dreams. But why would he be interested in her when the glamorous Fiona made it clear she was also available?'; Recommended by Lenore D. and her mother.  
Price: 4.50 USD
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211 3063 NESBIT, E. Phoenix and the Carpet
Softcover; Mass Market PB Watermill Press: Mahwah, NJ; 1988; Very Good  
219 pages; Faint spine and cover creases and very light edgewear. Clean pages a bit browned, not brittle or loose. ; The delightful sequel to Five Children and It and basis for the fim and mini-series of the same name. Of course, the carpet in the title is a magic carpet that takes the children on many exciting adventures.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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212 1376 Nicolson, Nigel Portrait of a Marriage: V. Sackville-West & Harold Nicolson
Softcover; Trade PB Atheneum: New York; (1973)1980; Book Club Edition Very Good  
B&W Photographs; 249 pages; No spine creases, cover corners slightly curled, light edgewear. ; Using letters and diaries the author gives us an account of his parents' unconventional and ultimately successful marriage. The first section of the book is Sackville-West's memoir of her passionate affair with Violet Keppel Trefusis. Recommended.  
Price: 8.00 USD
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Salem Chapel, OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret]
213 7113 OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret] Salem Chapel
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin: NY; c1863, 1986; 461 pages Very Good- 
Spine lightly creased, covers creased and a bit edgeworn. Pages yellowed as often seen in Virago editions, edges a bit darker and soiled, bottom edges wavy; interior pages clean, none loose. This edition has an introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald.; The second volume in the 'Chronicles of Carlingford'. They are "wonderful comedies of Victorian provincial society."; This series highly recommended by the blogger 'Desperate Reader'. This author also recommended by Virginia G. of the AT email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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The Rector and The Doctor's Wife, OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret]
214 7093 OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret] The Rector and The Doctor's Wife
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin: NY; c1863, 1986; 192 pages Very Good 
Spine faintly creased, covers a bit edgeworn. Page edges yellowed as seen often in Virago editions; pages clean, none loose. This edition has an introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald.; This first volume in the "Chronicles of Carlingford' are a short story and novella. They introduce us (as well as the new rector and a new doctor) to the small town of Carlingford. The 'Chronicles of Carlingford' are "wonderful comedies of Victorian provincial society."; ' "The Rector" and "The Doctor's Family" can be compared with [Trollope's] "The Warden" & "Barsetshire Towers" in the way they set up the themes [of Church and society] & characters of the whole series.'-Lyn B.This title reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. This author also recommended by Virginia G. of the AT email discussion group and by the blogger 'Desperate Reader'. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 11.50 USD
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Bewildering Cares, PECK, Winifred
215 7390 PECK, Winifred Bewildering Cares
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1940, 2016; 191 pages New 
A new book received with faint edgewear. One of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints. This new edition includes an introduction by social historian Elizabeth Crawford.; Camilla Lacely's charming, witty diary of life as a vicar's wife in a mid-sized town outside of Manchester in the anxious, early days of World War II. The 'everything and nothing' that happens include a controversy swirling around the curate's pacifist sermon (through which, alas, Camilla napped, making it difficult for her to discuss with outraged parishioners), servant problems, anxieties about Camilla's son off training with his regiment, the day-to-day worries of friends, and a potential romance in the town ... or are there two romances?
Readers of Bewildering Cares might well be reminded of the likes of E.M. Delafield or Angela Thirkell, but Peck offers her own distinct take--sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching--on the ironies and heartbreaks (not to mention the storms in teacups) of domestic life, community, faith and life during wartime. Review from the original publication '(Winifred Peck) deserves our real gratitude for making us laugh in these troublous days' -Times Literary Supplement
; This review by Jerri C. of the Anglea Thirkell Society, and AT and DES email discussion groups will have special resonance with fellow Thirkell admirers. "This novel covers one week in the life of Camilla Lacely, a vicar's wife in a fictional town much like Northbridge. The week is March 1940, during the end of 'Cheerfulness Breaks In'. Camilla deals with many of the same issues, but she has a special source of support. She can read Thirkell novels! At one point she has been asked to read aloud to entertain a "working party", but instead of the suggested George Eliot: "I tried instead bits of The Diary of a Provincial Lady and The Demon in the House by Angela Thirkell, with unparalleled success. They would hardly allow me to stop. . ." Later in the book, after an exhausting day, while her husband reads Wodehouse, Camilla's choice is "Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell, which I have read thirty times already and will probably read thirty more. . ." With such a great taste in literature, how can one not relate to Camilla or her creater Winifred Peck? Thirkell is also mentioned in the introduction to this novel. " Also recommended by several other members of the AT and DES email discussion groups. Cover matches stock image. 
Price: 15.99 USD
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Cardington Crescent : a Victorian Murder Mystery, PERRY, Anne
216 1317 PERRY, Anne Cardington Crescent : a Victorian Murder Mystery
Hardcover St Martin's Press: New York; 1987; First US Edition 314 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper Signed by Author
Signed by Author; A lovely copy. Spine ends bumped; unclipped dust wrapper has light creasing at spine head and faint edgewear.
; Dated, inscribed and signed by the author "To ___, With very best wishes, Sincerely Anne Perry" on the front free endpaper. ; Images are actual copy on offer. 
Price: 97.75 USD
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217 1326 Perry, Anne Dangerous Mourning
Hardcover Fawcett Columbine: New York; 1991; First US Edition Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
330 pages; Dust wrapper, not price cut, is slightly rubbed. ; Another Victorian mystery featuring Inspector Monk. Monk is assisted by a Hester Latterly, an independent young woman who served with Florence Nightengale in the Crimean War. The author once again demonstrates her "keen understanding of Victorian manners and mores. "  
Price: 16.75 USD
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218 1328 Perry, Anne Defend and Betray
Hardcover Fawcett Columbine: New York; 1992; First US Edition Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
385 pages; Dust wrapper, not price cut, is slightly rubbed. ; The third Victorian mystery featuring Inspector Monk. Monk is again assisted by a Hester Latterly, an independent young woman who served with Florence Nightengale in the Crimean War.  
Price: 15.00 USD
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Silence in Hanover Close, PERRY, Anne
219 910 PERRY, Anne Silence in Hanover Close
Hardcover St Martin's Press: New York; 1988; First US Edition 341 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, text block edges have very light soil. Interior pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper, price clipped, is edgeworn and rubbed with a few creases.
; 'Anne Perry's Victorian-era mysteries starring crusty, low-brow Inspector Pitt and his well-born wife, Charlotte, have proved a steady delight for mystery mavens, history buffs, and Anglophiles. Now, Inspector Pitt is back, searching for the killer of a Foreign Office employee. Not even Charlotte can help him when the trail leads to the homes of rich people protecting their own!'; Recommended by Tom J. of the ATS and AT email discussion list. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 52.50 USD
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220 3609 PETERS, Ellis [Edith Pargeter] Black is the Colour of My True-Love's Heart
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Wm Morrow And Co.: New York; 1967; Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
221 pages; Spine ends bumped and worn; corners worn to boards. Page edges age yellowed, interior pages clean. Dust wrapper extremities edgeworn with a few tiny chips, a tiny hole in front panel, white rear panel is age browned. ; One of the Inspector Felse mysteries, this novel features murder at a folk music festival. ; Recommended by Jerri C. of the AT and DES email discussion groups. "Sixth in the series. This book skillfully combines the world of folk music with a murder mystery. Although Inspector Felse is the official detective, major characters in the book are his teenage son Dominic and Dominic's girlfriend since they are attending the folk music program at which mysterious happenings occur. A very good book by the author of the Brother Cadfael mysteries. "  
Price: 9.75 USD
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221 3939 PETERS, Ellis [Edith Pargeter] Holy Thief, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Mysterious Press: New York; c1992, 1994; Very Good  
237 pages; Spine and cover creases, spine a bit curved, light edgewear, page edges pale yellow; interior pages clean, none loose. ; Number nineteen in the Brother Cadfael series takes place in Shrewsbury, England during the autumn of 1144. Rising flood waters and visiting monks endanger the abbey's sacred relic, the remains of Saint Winifred. ; This series recommended by Sally C. and by Jerri C. of the AT and DES email discussion lists. ; Brother Cadfael  
Price: 4.00 USD
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222 3772 PILCHER, Rosamunde Another View
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell: New York; c1968,1989; Reprint Very Good-  
263 pages; Spine and cover creases, edgewear, pages yellowed, previous owner name on first advert page; interior pages clean, none loose. ; 'Having lost her mother at childbirth, Emma Litton has spent all of her life struggling to guarantee a place in her artist father's life. After spending much of her adult life in Paris as a nanny, she returns to England to settle into her father's studio at the Cornish seaside. ' ; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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223 946 PILCHER, Rosamunde Blue Bedroom and Other Stories
Softcover; Mass Market PB St Martin's Press: New York; c1985,1990; Reprint Very Good  
288 pages; Light spine creases, a bit of edgewear and rubbing, text block edges yellowing, no loose pages. ; 'Pilcher's writing always feels like a soft chair after a hard day. Her plots and characters offer insights into the human condition with grace and tenderness. These short stories explore themes such as the death of a loved one, overcoming prejudice, understanding children, and appreciating one's spouse. Each story ends on a note of love, faith, understanding or hope.'- (c)AudioFile, Portland, ME  
Price: 4.25 USD
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224 4512 PILCHER, Rosamunde Carousel, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB St Martin's Press: NY; c1982, 1986; Very Good  
184 pages; Faint spine and cover creases, light edgewear, a nice copy.; ' Prue Shackleton is twenty-three, beautiful and restless. Her job is challenging, her relationship with a successful banker is safe, secure--and boring. When her eccentric Aunt Phoebe invites her to Cornwall, Prue loses no time is setting out for its bright landscapes and salt air. A chance meeting with the attractive artist Daniel Cassens leads to endless idyllic days exploring the beaches and meadows. But something is troubling Daniel and Prue is determined to find out what it is.'  
Price: 4.75 USD
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225 5214 PILCHER, Rosamunde Coming Home
Hardcover St Martins Press: NY; 1995; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
728 pages; Spine ends faintly bumped, a few smudge marks to top page edges, otherwise a lovely copy. Dust wrapper, unclipped, has very light edgewear.; From Booklist 'The book's heroine is Judith Dunbar, who is a schoolgirl of 13 when the tale begins in 1935. Sent to boarding school in Cornwall because her parents are posted to Singapore, Judith becomes friends with Loveday Carey-Lewis, who introduces her to a family and an estate, Nancherrow, that is to influence her for the rest of her life. Pilcher does a marvelous job of describing life in England before World War II. Readers, especially Anglophiles, will adore the care Pilcher gives to setting her scenes, decorating them with everything from Cornish wildflowers to china dogs to particular tartan plaids. The same care is evident later in the tale, as Pilcher chronicles the changes brought by the war to the fabric of British life. As Judith makes her way to adulthood in the midst of great wealth, great tragedy, and, naturally, romance, Pilcher effectively balances the demands of plot with the pleasures of revisiting a different place and time.'  
Price: 9.75 USD
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