Kidder.   Edward     - A rare early edition
E. KIDDER'S RECEIPTS OF Pastry AND Cookery.
For the Use of his Scholars. Who teaches at his School in St Martins le Grand; On. Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, In the Afternoon, ALSO On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, In the Afternoon, at his School next to Furnivals Inn in Holburn. Ladies may be taught at their own Houses.
8vo. The 1st edition, 2nd issue of 1721. 1fep. Engraved portrait frontispiece by Robert Shephard. Title page, 41 leaves with the cursive script engraved on rectos only with versos blank. (A costly and rarely used process). Last two leaves with 'The Order for Bills of Fare' and the Index. 1fep. Full brown speckled sheep binding, with raised bands on spine with gilt lines and green label with gilt lettering. Internally nice and clean, with a small light oily fingerprint on the bottom corner of the title page (not affecting the text).
- In reality this is not a printed book but rather a book of engravings. The beautifully laid out sheets of engraved scripted recipes, (with every verso blank) the elegant title page, the sculpted looking frontispiece, go towards making this one of the most handsome books, not only in cookery but any category. The portrait of Kidder is 'un-wigged', showing his natural hair. Other later editions have Kidder with wig and 8 engraved plates that were also added. Also in later editions, pagination and recipe numbers vary greatly. This is all explained by the fact that Kidder's book only came about after his students were issued with the recipe sheets as their daily lessons progressed during their cookery course. It appears from the later editions of the book, Kidder's lessons were developed and added to, though the actual recipes themselves stayed the same. Another point of interest in the title pages of later editions, is the changing location addresses of Kidder's schools, presumably as his student numbers grew. Because of these haphazard factors, the work is bibliographically complex. Thankfully, it is greatly helped by the very good research of Peter Targett in the UK & Simon Varey in the US, whose joint study is published in Petit Propos Culinaires, Vols # 32 & 39. The study verifies this edition is complete as well as compelling evidence of all the other various editions and their cookery school locations. Collectors want the later copies with the eight engraved plates (3 folding) of patterns and ornamental designs for pies and pastries. This is understandable, but the very early editions like this one, without the plates but never the less complete, are rarer still.

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Kidder.   Edward     - A beautiful miniature
E. KIDDER'S RECEIPTS of Pastry and Cookery.
For the Use of his Scholars. Who teaches at his School in St Martins le Grand; On. Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, In the Afternoon, also On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, In the Afternoon, at his School next to Furnivals Inn in Holburn. Ladies may be taught at their own Houses.
A reprint in miniature of the 1st edition, 2nd issue of 1721. Text block - 2 1/4" x 3 3/4" Full brown speckled calf binding, with raised bands on spine with gilt lines and brown label with gilt lettering. Binding measuring 2 1/2" x 4" -- Pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece by Robert Shephard. Title page, 41 leaves with the engraved text on rectos only with versos blank. Last two leaves with 'The Order for Bills of Fare' and the Index. A beautiful and unique miniature edition.
- The portrait of Kidder is 'un-wigged', showing his natural hair. Later editions have Kidder with wig, and also have eight engraved plates. This edition does not have the plates but is complete. This is verified in the joint study published in PPC, Vols #'s 32 & 39 by Peter Targett in UK and Simon Varey in US. Kidder issued the recipes to his students one by one, in line with the daily and weekly lectures. The plates were issued later when he moved his schools to other locations. This is why the pagination of Kidder's books present so many variances. Hence Targett and Varey's welcome and helpful research. A beautiful and desirable item. One of a limited edtion of 300.

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King.   Dr William    
The Art of Cookery
In Imitation of Horace's Art of Poetry. WITH SOME LETTERS TO Dr. LISTER, and Others: Occasion'd principally by the Title of a Book publish'd by the Doctor, being the works of Apicius Coelius, Concerning the Soups and Sauces of the Antients. With an Extract of the greatest Curiosities contain'd in that Book. To which is added, HORACE'S Art of Poetry, in Latin. By the Author of the Journey to LONDON. Humbly inscrib'd to the Honourable BEEF STEAK CLUB. LONDON: Printed for BERNARD LINTOTT at the Cross-Keys between the two Temple Gates in Fleet Street. Undated.
FIRST EDITION. 1708. Octavo (7.5 by 5 inches). 2fep. Half Title. [1] Title Page. [1] 4pp The Publisher to the Reader. 1-160. 2fep. Bound in black half calf with cloth boards and calf corners. Spine with raised bands, gilt lines and gilt lettering. Internally clean however with some slight browning to Half title and title and last leaf. A nice copy of a scarce book.
- There is a little, amusing, early typewritten note tipped in that states; 'The poem is in Latin, with an English paraphrase, full of good sense. Our English restaurateurs might mark the following couplet, referring to the greatest deficiency of our restaurants: 'Tis the Desert that graces all the Feast, for an ill end disparages the rest.' William King (1663-1712), English poet and miscellaneous writer. He was educated at Westminster School under Dr Busby, and at Christ Church, Oxford. His first literary enterprise was a defence of Wycliffe, written in conjunction with Sir Edward Hannes (d. 1710) and entitled Reflections upon Mons. Vaiillas's History of Heresy.. . (1688). He became known as a humorous writer on the Tory and High Church side. His chief poems are: The Art of Cookery: in imitation of Horace's Art of Poetry. With some Letters to Dr Lister and Others (1708), one of his most amusing works; The Art of Love; in imitation of Ovid ... (1709); "Mully of Mountoun," and a burlesque "Orpheus and Eurydice." A volume of Miscellanies in Prose and Verse appeared in 1705; his Remains.. . were edited by J. Brown in 1732; and in 1776 John Nichols produced an excellent edition of his Original Works. .. with Historical Notes and Memoirs of the Author. Dr Johnson included him in his Lives of the Poets, and his works appear in subsequent collections.

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King.   Dr William    
The Original Works.
ADVOCATE OF THE DOCTORS; JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT OF ADMIRALTY AND KEEPR OF THE RECORDS IN IRELAND, AND VICARGENERAL TO THE LORD PRIMATE. NOW FIRST COLLECTED INTO THREE VOLUMES: WITH HISTORICAL NOTES, AND MEMOIRS OF THE AUTHOR. VOLUME TH E FIRST - THIRD. A 64 mm round illustration of Kings portrait. Under the portrait a verse; "His eye was keen, with sweetness aptly mix'd". (there are similar little verses under volumes second and third). LONDON, PRINTED FOR THE EDITOR; AND SOLD BY M. CONANT, SUCCESSOR TO MR. WHISTON, IN FLEET-STREET. MDCCLXXVI.
FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. 190 x 130 mm. VOL.1: Marbled inside board and end paper. 2nd fep. Half Title. [1] Title page. [1] 1p Dedication by anonymous editor. [1] vii - viii Advertisement. ix - xxxii Memoirs of Dr King. 2p Reflections. 3 - 280. 281 - 282 Contents of vol.1. 1 fep. 2nd fep. marbled on verso and also back inside board. VOL.2: Marbled inside board and end paper. 2nd fep. Half Title. [1] Title page. [1] 2p The Transactioneer;. 3 - 6 Preface. 7 - 308. fep. 2nd fep. marbled on verso and also back inside board. VOL.3: Marbled inside board and end paper. 2nd fep. Half Title. [1] Title page. [1] 3 - 308. 309 -313 Index. 314 -315 Contents of Vol.111. On last verso Publishing advertisement. 1 fep. 2nd fep. marbled on verso and also back inside board. The three volumes beautifully bound in quarter bottle-green morocco with same for tips. the boards in marbled paper. All in very fine condition.
- Dr William King LL.D. was a great reader, academic and writer. His writing and poetry were scattered and had not been compiled. These three volumes are the first collected and original works in verse and prose brought together in 1776, and edited by John Nicols of the Antiquarian Society. Of interest to the collector of cookery books is the 'Art of Cookery' in the first volume. This had been printed separately in 1708. (see item 10939 on this site). Dr King is a humorous writer and this first edition of his collected works are very scarce. He was born in London, the son of Ezekiel King and related to the family of Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon. From Westminster School, he was a scholar at the age of 18 and was elected to Christ Church, Oxford in 1681. There he is said to have dedicated himself completely to his studies. In 1688 he graduated M.A. Taking up civil law, he became Doctor in 1692, and was admitted an advocate at Doctors' Commons. In 1702, having moved to Ireland, he was made Judge of the Admiralty, Commissioner of the Prizes, Keeper of the Records in Birmingham's Tower, and Vicar-General to Narcissus Marsh the primate. King found a friend in Anthony Upton, one of the High Court judges, who had a house called Mountown, near Dublin, where King frequently stayed. Both men were severely criticised by their political opponents for neglecting their official duties: it was said that they had no thought but to live out their days in rural retirement. In 1708, when Lord Wharton was sent to govern Ireland, King returned to London. In 1710 he became a supporter of the High Church party, on the side of Henry Sacheverell; In the autumn of 1712, King's health declined and he died on Christmas Day.

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KIRKLAND.   JOHN     - A fantastic and monumental 4 volume set.
THE MODERN BAKER CONFECTIONER AND CATERER.
by JOHN KIRKLAND Lecturer and Teacher of Bread-making. With Contributions from Specialists & Trade Experts. NEW AND REVISED EDITION VOLUMES 1 - 1V. THE GRESHAM PUBLISHING COMPANY LTD. 66 CHANDOS STREET. COVENT GARDEN, LONDON. 1927.
Tall 8vo. 254 x 184 mm. VOL1. 1fep. Half-title. [1] Colour frontis of cake designs. Title page with tissue guard. [1] (1)vi Preface to new ed. vii - xiv Contents. xv - xvi List of Plates. 1-246. 2fep. VOL11. 1fep. Half-title. [1] Colour frontis of cake designs. Title page with tissue guard. [1] (1)v - xiv Contents. xv - xvi List of Plates. 1-278. 2fep. VOL111. 1fep. Half-title. [1] Colour frontis of cake designs. Title page with tissue guard. [1] (1)v - xiv Contents. xii - xiv List of Plates. 1-269. [1] 2fep. VOL1V. 1fep. Half-title. [1] Colour frontis of cake designs. Title page with tissue guard. [1] (1)v- xiii Contents. ix - x List of Plates. 1-238. 239 - 250 Index. 2fep. All four volumes have a whopping total of 102 illustrations, many full page, and 27 colour plates of which 4 are frontispieces for each book. Bound in original blind-stamped gilt lettered maroon cloth. Internally all text-blocks very clean. Fine condition.
- The Modern Baker, Confectioner and Caterer: A fantastic practical work for the baking and allied trades. It also has a huge amount of scientific information that is the fundamental start to any recipe or endeavour within this trade. It is much more important than the other areas of the kitchen outside of the Patisserie and Bakery. Exhaustive work on the business and skills of the trade, from setting up your shop workspace to selecting tools, pots and pans to individual recipes. John Kirkland in his preface to this new edition informs us that the first edition of 1907 comprising six volumes was sold out and was still hugely in demand. Another four editions were printed after this one. This fine set has not really been bettered for it's huge varied scope, and is a monument to a great professional, teacher and author.

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Kitchiner.   Dr William     - The least known & rarest of Kitchiner's books.
THE SHILLING KITCHINER
OR ORACLE OF COOKERY FOR THE MILLION WITH DR. KITCHINER'S CELEBRATED ADVICE TO COOKS AND OTHER SERVANTS BY THE EDITORS OF "THE DICTIONARY OF DAILY WANTS" LONDON HOULSTON AND WRIGHT 65, PATERNOSTER ROW. MDCCCLXI
FIRST AND SOLE EDITION 1861. 110 X 174mm. 1fep modern. Title page with chipped edges wrapped in tissue guard; no text loss. Verso with printer's info. (1)2-188. (1)190-196 Index; all pages with chipped edges wrapped in tissue guard; no text loss. 1p Advertisements with chipped edges wrapped in tissue guard; no text loss. 2feps modern. All pages slightly browned throughout. pages 131-196 with a small brown stain on bottom outer corners. Modern half tan morocco with marbled boards and morocco tips. Spine with raised bands and gilt dentelles in the compartments. Red label with gilt lines and writing.
- The well known maitre chef de cuisine of the Reform Club - Alexis Soyer, and his famous little book 'A Shilling Cookery for the People' first published in 1855, was obviously a response to this book of Kitchiner's who passed away in 1827. It is the least known of Kitchiner's books, but well within character, as he was famous for not only his generosity but also his frugality. There are no entries in Cagle, Bitting, Attar, Lehman, Hazlitt nor Pennell. Although Quayle devotes twelve pages to Kitchiner, his books and recipes, there is no mention of this title. A fine detailed recipe book with advice and household hints for the less well off. Unfortunately it was poorly bound and broke apart easily, and had a very limited print run because of lack of demand. Unlike Soyer's 'Shilling Cookery for the People" 25 years later, which had numerous print runs and can still be found quite regularly in various auctions. Due to the scarcity of copies of Kitchiner's little volume appearing on the market, it must be considered extremely rare.

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Kitchiner.   William     - The rare first with a letter signed by Kitchener
APICIUS REDIVIVUS; OR, THE COOK'S ORACLE:
Wherein especially THE ART OF COMPOSING SOUPS, SAUCES, AND FLAVOURING ESSENCES IS MADE SO CLEAR AND EASY, BY THE QUANTITY OF EACH ARTICLE BEING ACCURATELY STATED BY WEIGHT AND MEASURE, THAT EVERY ONE MAY SOON LEARN TO DRESS A DINNER, AS WELL AS THE MOST EXPERIENCED COOK; Being Six Hundred Receipts, THE RESULT OF ACTUAL EXPERIMENTS INSTITUTED IN THE KITCHEN OF A PHYSICIAN, FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMPOSING A CULINARY CODE FOR THE RATIONAL EPICURE, AND AUGMENTING The Alimentary Enjoyments of Private Families; COMBINING ECONOMY WITH ELEGANCE; SAVING EXPENSE TO HOUSEKEEPERS, AND TROUBLE TO SERVANTS. "I have taken as much pains in describing, in the fullest manner, how to make, in the easiest, most agreeable, and the most economical way, those Dishes which con-tribute to the comforts of the middle rank of Society, as I have in directing the preparation of those piquante and elaborate relishes, the most ingenious accom-plished "Officers of the Mouth" have invented for the amusement of Grands Gourmands. These are so composed, as to be as agreeable and useful to the stomach, as they are inviting to the appetite; nourishing without being inflammatory, and savoury without being surfieting" - vide PREFACE. page 3. LONDON; PRINTED FOR SAMUEL BAGSTER, NO.15, PATERNASTER-ROW, By J. Moyes, Grenville Street. 1817.
FIRST EDITION: 154x98mm. Unpaginated -- [a-b]12 [c]2 [B-Q]12 [R]4 - 210 Leaves. Four engraved plates. two with illustrations, two with text, describing quartering the ox, the calf, the sheep and the pig. With 2 feps. A good clean copy with some small ink stains on the Title page. Some manuscript notes on margins of Preface Page. Full dark brown nineteenth century calf with neat cross checked blind tooling with gilt lines at the edges. The spine with early elaborate gilt tooling sometime neatly re-laid. With a dark red label and gilt lettering. There are some ink marks to the title page that do not detract also some manuscript notes on the next page that do not affect the text. A nice copy of the very scarce 1st edition, elevating it to rarity with the topical letter signed by Kitchiner.
- The autograph letter signed 'Wm. Kitchiner', to 'My dear friend' thanking him for his zeal on behalf of Mr Harris. He goes on --- "You will be glad to hear that your old friend 'The Cook's Oracle' has recovered a state of health that he hardly ever hoped for, and in the course of this next week will pay a visit to Longmans about your book" Dated 8th Oct 1826. Measuring 4x3" x 2 folding pages, in good condition, with a newspaper advertisement for Ude's 'The French Cook.'

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Kitchiner.   Dr William     - With a hand written letter signed by Kitchiner.
THE ART OF INVIGORATING AND PROLONGING LIFE,
BY FOOD, CLOTHES, AIR, EXERCISE, WINE SLEEP, &C. AND PEPTIC PRECEPTS, POINTING OUT AGREEABLE AND EFFECTUAL METHODS TO PREVENT AND RELIEVE INDIGESTION, AND TO REGULATE AND STRENGTHEN THE ACTION OF THE BOWELS. Suaviter in mode, fortitier in re. TO WHICH IS ADDED, THE PLEASURE OF MAKING A WILL. Finis coronat opus. BY THE AUTHOR OF "THE COOK'S ORACLE," &C.&C.&C. THIRD EDITION, ENLARGED. LONDON PRINTED FOR HURST, ROBINSON, AND CO. AND CONSTABLE AND CO. EDINBURGH. 1822.
106 x 174mm. 2feps modern, with a tipped in hand written letter signed by Kitchiner. Half title. Verso with printer's info. Title page. [1] 1p Dedication. {1] (1)viii Preface. 1p Contents. Verso advertisement for 'The Cook's Oracle'. (1)2-288. (1)290-298. 2p Advertisements. 2fep modern. Nice modern bottle green half calf with cloth boards and calf tips. Spine with raised bands, gilt lines and gilt writing in two compartments. The top of the text block has been clipped with no loss except for the chart on p144 which has half the first line clipped. The title page slightly age browned but overall a nice copy.
- William Kitchiner M.D. (1775–1827) One of the great Regency eccentrics, was an optician, inventor of telescopes, amateur musician and exceptional cook. His name was a household word during the 19th century. His best known cookbook is ‘Apicius Redivivus, or the Cook's Oracle’. It includes 11 ketchup recipes, including two each for mushroom, walnut and tomato, and one each for cucumber, oyster, cockle and mussel ketchups. Unlike most food writers of the time he cooked the food himself washed up afterward, even performing all the household tasks he wrote about. He traveled around with his portable cabinet of taste; a folding cabinet, containing spices, mustards and sauces. He was also the creator of the Wow-Wow sauce. But Kitchiner was not a mere book publishing cook: he practised what he taught, and he had ample means for the purpose. From his father, a coal-merchant with an extensive business in the Strand, he had inherited a fortune of £60,000 or £70,000 (converted to 2017 rates, amounting to £5,502,155.56) which was more than sufficient to enable him to work out his ideal of life. His heart overflowed with benevolence and good humour, and no man better understood the art of making his friends happy. He showed equal tact in his books: his 'Cook's Oracle' is full of practical common-sense; and lest his reader should stray into excess, he wrote this book ‘The Art of Invigorating and Prolonging Life’. With his ample fortune, Kitchiner was still an economist, and wrote a ‘Housekeeper's Ledger’, a 'Traveller's Oracle', and a coaxing volume entitled ‘The Pleasures of Making a Will’. He also wrote on astronomy, telescopes, and spectacles. In music he was proficient. In 1820, at the coronation of George IV, he published a collection of the National Songs of Great Britain, a folio volume, with a splendid dedication plate to His Majesty. Next he edited The Sea Songs of Charles Dibdin. At this time he resided at No. 43, Warren-street, Fitzroy-square. Though always an epicure, and fond of experiments in cookery, exceedingly particular in the choice of his viands and their mode of preparation for the table, Kitchiner was regular even abstemious in his general habits. His dinners were cooked according to his own method; He dined at five, supper was served at half-past nine and at eleven he retired. Every Tuesday evening he gave a conversazione, at which he delighted in bringing together professors and amateurs of the sciences and polite arts. On the 26th of February 1827, he was a guest at a large dinner-party given by Mr. Braham, the celebrated singer. He had been in high spirits, and had enjoyed the company to a later hour than his usually early habits allowed. Mathews was present, and rehearsed a portion of a new comic entertainment, which induced Kitchiner to amuse the party with some of his whimsical reasons for inventing odd things, and giving them odd names. He returned home, was suddenly taken ill, and in an hour he was no more! The handwritten letter was penned one year before his death in 1827 aged fifty two. Kitchiner is asking his correspondent to call upon Sir A. Carlisle "to hear his plan for a 'Book of Health'. Signed 'Wm Kitchiner Dec 23rd. 26. 43. Warren St. The relevant tipped-in note from Kitchiner gives this item an interesting rarity.

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Kitchiner.   William    
THE COOK'S ORACLE:
CONTAINING RECEIPTS FOR PLAIN COOKERY ON THE MOST ECONOMICAL PLAN FOR PRIVATE FAMILIES, ALSO THE ART OF COMPOSING THE MOST SIMPLE, AND MOST HIGHLY FINISHED Broths, Gravies, Soups, Sauces, Store Sauces, AND FLAVOURING ESSENCES: The Quantity of each Article is ACCURATELY STATED BY WEIGHT AND MEASURE: THE WHOLE BEING THE RESULT OF Actual Experiments INSTITUTED IN THE KITCHEN OF A PHYSICIAN. “Miscuit utile dulci.” The Fourth Edition. TO WHICH ARE ADDED, ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY NEW RECEIPTS, FOR PASTRY, PRESERVES, PUDDINGS, AND An Easy, Certain, and Economical, Process for preparing PICKLES, By which they will be ready in a Fortnight, and remain good for years. THE WHOLE REVISED BY THE AUTHOR OF “THE ART OF INVIGORATING LIFE BY FOOD, &c.” LONDON; PRINTED FOR A.CONSTABLE & Co. CHEAPSIDE. And sold also by all Booksellers in Town and Country. 1822.
8vo. 2fep. Title page. [1] 1p Contents. Verso Advertisement for ‘The Art of Prolonging Life’. (1)vi-xviii Preface to the third and fourth editions. (1)2-36 Introduction. (1)39-526. (1)528-544 Index. 545 Farewell to the reader. [1] 2fep. Modern French binding. Half light fawn calf with marbled boards. Raised bands with very good intricate gilt tooling in the compartments and raised bands. A dark blue morocco label with gilt lettering. All edges yellow. Internally exceptionally clean. A very handsome desirable copy.
- Various editions of Kitchiner's classic are fairly common. Exceptional copies such as this one are very uncommon.

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Kollist.   E. J.    
French Pastry, Confectionery and Sweets: Continental Dishes
FRENCH PASTRY, CONFECTIONARY AND SWEETS CONTINENTAL DISHES BY E.J. KOLLIST Chef Patissier WITH SEVENTY-SIX HALF-TONE ILLUSTRATIONS (a printer's device) CASSELL & COMPANY LTD. LONDON, TORONTO, MELBOURNE & SYDNEY
FIRST EDITION 1929. 255X165mm. 1fep. Half title. [2] Frontispiece of two Royal Icing Stands. Title Page. Verso with publishing date. v Preface. [1] vii-viii Introduction. ix Guide to Sections. [1] xi-xxvi Contents. xxvii-xxviii list of Illustrations. Section half title. [1] 3-268. 1fep. Original light brown cloth boards with 1/4 red cloth spine with gilt lettering. Externally and internally very clean with light foxing on the blank on back of the frontis. A fine copy not usually found in this condition.
- Based on Kollist's twenty nine years of extensive experience as Chief Patissier and Confectioner at Claridge's and the Savoy hotels in London as well as Confectioner on the Cunard ships Mauretania, Lusitania and Laconia. His book is not confined just to pastry. In total it includes fifteen sections of all the areas of the Patissier’s trade; Paste and Dough, Pastries, Flans and Gateaux, Petit-fours, Confectionery; sugar baskets, spun sugar, toffee, nougats, chocolates etc; English Puddings, Sauces, Souffles, Ices , Sorbets and Bombes, Fruit Dishes, Russian Specialities such as tvoroque, coulibiac and piroshki as well as several plates of decorative ice carving and including seventy five half tone illustrations in-text. This is a book from a professional chef aimed largely at other professionals. A fairly common book, but never the less an important item in any good and representative collection of antiquarian and modern pastry and confectionery books.

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