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  • FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND STROKES FOR FREEDOM: A Series of Anti-Slavery Tracts of Which Half a Million are Now Issued by Friends of the Negro. by Armistead, Wilson, preface.
    Armistead, Wilson, preface.
    FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND STROKES FOR FREEDOM: A Series of Anti-Slavery Tracts of Which Half a Million are Now Issued by Friends of the Negro.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Negro Universities Press, (1969.) dj. Hardcover - Facsimile reprint of a book originally published in London in 1900 -Consists of reprints of no. 1-82 of the Leeds anti-slavery series, ranging in length from 1 to 20 pages each . Preface. by Wilson Armistead. . ISBN: 0-8371-20144.

    Condition: Fine in brown boards with gilt lettering on spine, no dust jacket as issued.

    Book ID: 52715
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  • THE SENATOR AND THE SHARECROPPER: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer. by Asch, Chris Myers.
    Asch, Chris Myers.
    THE SENATOR AND THE SHARECROPPER: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The New Press, (2008.) dj. Hardcover first edition - This sensitive and thoroughly researched study intertwines the life histories of a James Eastland, a rich cotton planter and staunch segregationist Senator and Fannie Lou Hamer, a former sharecropper who grew up desperately poor just a few miles from the Eastland home, and became the spirtual leader of the Mississippi civil rights movement. It explores the contradictions found in a county like Sunflower, Mississippi. Illustrated with photographs, notes, index. xvi, 368 pp. ISBN: 1595583327.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 45613
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  • Ashe, Arthur with Neil Amdur.
    OFF THE COURT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: New American Library (1981.) dj. Hardcover first edition - First autobiography of this great African American tennis player, a black champion in a white world - ranges from his years growing up as a boy in the 1950's in the segregated South to playing at Wimbledon and confronting apartheid in South Africa. Includes an account of his heart attack and surgery at age 37 - an attack that was to have much more tragic consequences later on, since he contracted AIDS from the blood transfusionhe was given then. Illustrated with photographs. Career highlights. 230 pp. ISBN: 0-453-004008.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 31156
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  • MAKE BELIEVE. A True Story. by Athill, Diana.
    Athill, Diana.
    MAKE BELIEVE. A True Story.

    Edition: First American edition.

    South Royalton, VT: Steerforth Press, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - A memoir by the Athill of the brief life, madness, and violent death of the Black radical Hakim Jamal. Born in Boston, he became a follower of Malcolm X in prison and changed his name to Jamal. He was a former lover of Jean Seberg (a relationship used by Seberg's husband, Gary Romain in one of his novels, and the author of 'From the Dead Level.' Athill was his friend, and his editor, but in the end was only able to watch in dismay as he destroyed his prospects - Jamal's girlfriend, Gale Benson, followed him to the West Indies, and her murder in Trinidad in 1972 was…

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    South Royalton, VT: Steerforth Press, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - A memoir by the Athill of the brief life, madness, and violent death of the Black radical Hakim Jamal. Born in Boston, he became a follower of Malcolm X in prison and changed his name to Jamal. He was a former lover of Jean Seberg (a relationship used by Seberg's husband, Gary Romain in one of his novels, and the author of 'From the Dead Level.' Athill was his friend, and his editor, but in the end was only able to watch in dismay as he destroyed his prospects - Jamal's girlfriend, Gale Benson, followed him to the West Indies, and her murder in Trinidad in 1972 was incorporated in Naipul's book "Guerrillas." A brief, but very interesting evocation of the late 60's. 139 pp. ISBN: 1-883642-213.

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    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 43679
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  • LOST CHAMPIONS: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football's Color Line. by Atwood, Gretchen.
    Atwood, Gretchen.
    LOST CHAMPIONS: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football's Color Line.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Bloomsbury, (2016) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A year before Jackie Robinson integrated major league baseball in 1947, four men broke pro football's color line - Kenny Washington and Woody Strode with the Los Angeles Rams and Bill Willis and Marion Motley with the Cleveland Browns. This book traces the history of the color line
    from the early 1930s--when NFL owners first instituted a ban on black players to the 1950 NFL Championship Game, which pitted the Rams and Browns against each other. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Photographs, notes, sources, index. 274 pp. ISBN: 978-1620406007.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 68668
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  • LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN NOTEBOOK, VOLUME 1. by Awoonor, Kofi N. [Nyidevu] (1935-2013)
    Awoonor, Kofi N. [Nyidevu] (1935-2013)
    LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN NOTEBOOK, VOLUME 1.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Trenton, NJ. Africa World Press, (1992). First edition - An uncommon collection of poetry by this Ghanian writer, who was tragically killed in the terrorist attack on a Nairobi shopping mall. Cover and illustrations by Carles J Juzang. 87 pp. ISBN: 0-86453-3151.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 58298
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  • Bailey, Pearl
    TALKING TO MYSELF.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Second book by this African American actress and singer. INSCRIBED on the page between the half title and the title page 'To Mr.... Love is truly the answer.' (Note: This book has also a printed inscription and signature on the dedication page, which is often mistaken for a real signature.). ISBN: 0-15-1879907.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dustjacket (short tear on front cover of dj, prev owner's name.)

    Book ID: 21497
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  • Bailey, Pearl.
    BETWEEN YOU AND ME: A Heartfelt Memoir on Learning, Loving and Living.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (1989.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Illustrated with photographs. 270 pp. ISBN: 0-385-262027.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (remainder line).

    Book ID: 29425
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  • Bailey, Pearl
    TALKING TO MYSELF.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971. dj. Hardcover first edition - Second book by this African American actress and singer. ISBN: 0-15-1879907.

    Condition: Near fine in a good+ dustjacket (closed tear with associated creasing on front cover of dj, light fading to edges of boards.)

    Book ID: 21128
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  • Bailey, Pearl
    TALKING TO MYSELF.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971. dj. Hardcover first edition - Second book by this African American actress and singer. ISBN: 0-15-1879907.

    Condition: Good+ in a good+ dustjacket (Some bleeding from the cloth on the rear board onto the interior of the dustjacket - except for a slight hint of crinkling this is not visible from the outside, pc.- otherwise, a very tight and clean book that barely appears read.)

    Book ID: 15161
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  • DUEY'S TALE. by Bailey, Pearl.
    Bailey, Pearl.
    DUEY'S TALE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1975.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - African American singer, actress and entertainer's first children's book, a charming allegory of a maple seedling that falls from his mother tree, befriends a discarded bottle and a log while searching for his own place in life. Boldly INSCRIBED but NOT signed by Bailey on the half title page with the notation "Pre release copy" and "To P-- and family, You are a 'Duey.' " Illustrated with photographs by Arnold Skolnick & Gary Azon. Square format. 59 pp. ISBN: 0-15-1265763.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some crinkling to front endpaper, short closed tears to dj, creasing on front flap.)

    Book ID: 56023
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  • TALKING TO MYSELF. by Bailey, Pearl
    Bailey, Pearl
    TALKING TO MYSELF.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971. dj. Hardcover first edition - Second book by this African American actress and singer. ISBN: 0-15-1879907.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket (some fading to the cloth binding, price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 40260
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  • ONCE TWO HEROES. by Baker, Calvin.
    Baker, Calvin.
    ONCE TWO HEROES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (2003). Hardcover first edition - Young African American author's second novel, set in the aftermath of World War II. Two men, one an African American raised in France who enlists after his parents are killed trying to flee France, and the other a white Southerner from Mississippi, serve together during World War II only to confront the painful post-war realities of American racism. Mather is denied the Medal of Freedom because of his race, and after a futile visit to Washington DC, he is driving back to Los Angeles through Mississippi where a confrontation with a racist winds up with the white man's death, and his brother vowing revenge. 275 pp. Review copy with publisher's material laid in. ISBN: 0-67003164X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 81093
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  • ONCE TWO HEROES. by Baker, Calvin.
    Baker, Calvin.
    ONCE TWO HEROES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (2003). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Young African American author's second novel, set in the aftermath of World War II. Two men, one an African American raised in France who enlists after his parents are killed trying to flee France, and the other a white Southerner from Mississippi, serve together during World War II only to confront the painful post-war realities of American racism. Mather is denied the Medal of Freedom because of his race, and after a futile visit to Washington DC, he is driving back to Los Angeles through Mississippi where a confrontation with a racist winds up with the white man's death, and his brother vowing revenge. SIGNED on the title page. 275…

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    New York: Viking, (2003). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Young African American author's second novel, set in the aftermath of World War II. Two men, one an African American raised in France who enlists after his parents are killed trying to flee France, and the other a white Southerner from Mississippi, serve together during World War II only to confront the painful post-war realities of American racism. Mather is denied the Medal of Freedom because of his race, and after a futile visit to Washington DC, he is driving back to Los Angeles through Mississippi where a confrontation with a racist winds up with the white man's death, and his brother vowing revenge. SIGNED on the title page. 275 pp. Review copy with publisher's material laid in. ISBN: 0-67003164X.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 81094
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  • WORKINGS OF THE SPIRIT: The Poetics of Afro-American Women's Writings. by Baker, Houston A. Jr.
    Baker, Houston A. Jr.
    WORKINGS OF THE SPIRIT: The Poetics of Afro-American Women's Writings.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991. A look both at "black studies" in general and at African American women's writing from Pauline Hopkins and Frances Harper to Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison and Ntozake Shange. With a phototext by Elizabeth Alexander and Patricia Redmond - the numerous black and white photographs are powerful and eloquent. Notes, index. 239 pp. ISBN: 0-226-035239.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 70030
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  • [Baker, Josephine] Rose, Phyllis.
    JAZZ CLEOPATRA: Josephine Baker in Her Time.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of the singer and dancer who became renowned in Paris in the 1920's - but who also did undercover work for the French Resistance during World War II, adopted 12 children, spent many years in poverty, and had a gratifying comeback just before her death. Illustrated, notes, bibliography, index. 321 pages. ISBN: 0-385-248911.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 22991
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  • [Baker, Josephine] Rose, Phyllis.
    JAZZ CLEOPATRA: Josephine Baker in Her Time.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of the singer and dancer who became renowned in Paris in the 1920's - but who also did undercover work for the French Resistance during World War II, adopted 12 children, spent many years in poverty, and had a gratifying comeback just before her death. Illustrated, notes, bibliography, index. 321 pages. ISBN: 0-385-248911.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dustjacket (tight copy, but with a small piece approx 1 inch high missing from the bottom edge of the dj.

    Book ID: 23445
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  • [Baker, Josephine] Rose, Phyllis.
    JAZZ CLEOPATRA: Josephine Baker in Her Time.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of the singer and dancer who became renowned in Paris in the 1920's - but who also did undercover work for the French Resistance during World War II, adopted 12 children, spent many years in poverty, and had a gratifying comeback just before her death. Illustrated, notes, bibliography, index. 321 pages. ISBN: 0-385-248911.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 31233
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  • [Baker, Josephine] Rose, Phyllis.
    JAZZ CLEOPATRA: Josephine Baker in Her Time.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of the singer and dancer who became renowned in Paris in the 1920's - but who also did undercover work for the French Resistance during World War II, adopted 12 children, spent many years in poverty, and had a gratifying comeback just before her death. Illustrated, notes, bibliography, index. 321 pages. ISBN: 0-385-248911.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (corners slightly bumped, scratch on back cover of dj.)

    Book ID: 22913
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  • Baker, Liva.
    THE SECOND BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS: The Hundred-Year Struggle to Integrate the Schools.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: HarperCollins, 1996. dj. Hardcover first edition - A powerful and moving book, about the legal challenges and about the courage of those involved: 6 year old Ruby Bridges and the 3 other black first graders in 1960, their parents, and the parents of the white students who persisted in sending their children to a desegrated school, of federal district judge J. Skelly White, and black Creole attorney A. P. Tureaud and more. Photographs, notes, bibliography and sources, index. 564 pgs.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 11898
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  • GOING TO MEET THE MAN. by Baldwin, James.
    Baldwin, James.
    GOING TO MEET THE MAN.

    Edition: First printing (first state)

    New York: Dial Press, 1965. dj. Hardcover first edition - His first collection of short stories, including 3 which had never been published before. In the first state binding with black cloth with yellow title panels on the spine and yellow top stain, red endpapers, measures 8 3/8 inches by 5 3/4 inches, untrimmed pages on front and bottom of textblock. 249 pp.

    Condition: Good only in a poor dust jacket (dust jacket has been stuck to the boards, leaving residue of paper on the black boards, peeled spots to dj, etc - only the upper corner of the rear board is affected by this dampness - overall the book is tight and clean) Previous owner's name, price-clipped.

    Book ID: 80967
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  • JUST ABOVE MY HEAD by Baldwin, James
    Baldwin, James
    JUST ABOVE MY HEAD

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, 1979. dj. Hardcover first edition - A complex novel following the story of three extraordinary individuals (including Sister Julia, a "fire-baptized" child evangelist called to the ministry when she was nine), through three decades, from Harlem to Paris to Birmingham. ISBN: 0-803794772.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder spray bottom edge as this is frequently found, but otherwise a tight and clean copy, apparently unread and uncommon in this condition.)

    Book ID: 79885
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  • BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE. A Play. by Baldwin, James.
    Baldwin, James.
    BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE. A Play.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes Baldwin's prefatory note in which he states that this play is based, very distantly, on the murder of Emmett Till. Dedicated to the memory of Medgar Evars. xv, 121 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a very good dust jacket (prev owner's name and some underlining in the preface, tear and chip to upper edge of front cover of dj.) Laid in is the cover to the May 17, 1963 issue of Time Magazine with a picture of Baldwin, and several pages from that issue on the civil rights struggle in general and on James Baldwin,

    Book ID: 46991
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  • NO NAME IN THE STREET. by Baldwin, James.
    Baldwin, James.
    NO NAME IN THE STREET.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Dial Press, 1972. First edition - Uncommon advance issue (cover says "Uncorrected Galleys") of this very personal book by one of the most important African American novelist, essayist and playwright - this deals with the history of the 1960's and early 1970's. He remembers the Harlem childhood that shaped his early conciousness, the murders of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, his sojourns in Europe and in Hollywood, and his return to the American South to confront a violent America, including the killing of George Jackson, the trial of Angela Davis. 190 pp.

    Condition: Very good (tape reinforcement to the spine, handwritten notation on the cover 'please do not review until' with an arrow down to 'May 26,1972.'

    Book ID: 42231
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  • Baldwin, James.
    BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE. A Play.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes Baldwin's prefatory note in which he states that this play is based, very distantly, on the murder of Emmett Till. Dedicated to the memory of Medgar Evars. xv, 121 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket (prev owner's name, some wear to black dj at ends of spine.)

    Book ID: 7686
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  • BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE. A Play. by Baldwin, James.
    Baldwin, James.
    BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE. A Play.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes Baldwin's prefatory note in which he states that this play is based, very distantly, on the murder of Emmett Till. Dedicated to the memory of Medgar Evars. xv, 121 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library, with pocket, peeled spot on the front pastedown, other library signs, in a very good dj,pc, spine label. Overall, the book is tight, and the interior contents are clean.

    Book ID: 5313
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  • Baldwin, James.
    TELL ME HOW LONG THE TRAIN'S BEEN GONE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, 1968. Hardcover -

    Condition: Ex-library with a missing front endpaper, peeled spot on rear pastedown, lacking the dj. A good reading copy only.

    Book ID: 20650
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  • [Baldwin, James] Campbell, James.
    TALKING AT THE GATES: A Life of James Baldwin.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    London: Faber & Faber, 1992. Photographs, notes, bibliography, index. 306 pgs.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 14268
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  • [Baldwin, James] Campbell, James.
    TALKING AT THE GATES: A Life of James Baldwin.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1991.). Photographs, notes, bibliography, index. 306 pgs.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (prev owner's name.)

    Book ID: 39799
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  • SLAVES IN THE FAMILY. by Ball, Edward.
    Ball, Edward.
    SLAVES IN THE FAMILY.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1998.). First edition - The author's first book, winner of the 1998 National Book Award. "The story of one man's exploration of his family's slave-owning past and his search for the descendants of the people his family ket as slaves. In 1698, Elias Ball traveled from his home in devon, England, to Charleston, Carolina to take possession of his inheritance: part of a plantation and twenty slaves. Elias and his progeny built an American dynasty that lasted six generations, acquiring more than twenty plantations along the Cooper River near Charleston, selling rice known as Carolina Gold, and enslaving close to four thousand Africans ans African-Americans until 1865, when Union troops arrived on the…

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    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1998.). First edition - The author's first book, winner of the 1998 National Book Award. "The story of one man's exploration of his family's slave-owning past and his search for the descendants of the people his family ket as slaves. In 1698, Elias Ball traveled from his home in devon, England, to Charleston, Carolina to take possession of his inheritance: part of a plantation and twenty slaves. Elias and his progeny built an American dynasty that lasted six generations, acquiring more than twenty plantations along the Cooper River near Charleston, selling rice known as Carolina Gold, and enslaving close to four thousand Africans ans African-Americans until 1865, when Union troops arrived on the lawns of Balls' estates to force emancipation. ... A nonfiction American saga that is part history, part journey of discovery. This is the story of black and white families who have lived side-by-side through three hundred years.." Illustrated with black and white photographs. Genealogy charts, notes, index. 489 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in printed cream colored wrappers (some creasing to the corners). A very uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 43608
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