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    PET PEEVES by George Plimpton

    First edition , 1st printing with full number-line on copyright page. This is a vintage book which will have signs of wear, sometimes significant to the boards. Pages will always be intact with minimal to no stray marks or marginalia, unless otherwise noted. Books may have an owner or gift inscription. Prior to bidding, please inspect pictures closely to ensure you are confident in what you will be getting.


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    SUBVERSE Rhymes for Our Times by Manne, Marya

    NY: Braziller. VG/Good. FINE INSIDE BUT: inked name & many turned page corners.. 1959. 1st. Hardcover.. VG book/GOOD DJ (in Brodart). Half black cloth, gray paper covered boards. $3.95 price, DJ spine sunned & ends chipped. .


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    The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury

    Malcolm Bradbury oversize vintage Penguin, pages tanned, some scuffs on edges crease on covers, nice reading copy closer to the original for UK printing, red.remainder .dot top---Impossibly witty conversation that real people never have, The History Man is parity of conspicuously unconventional, studiously modern social science academia, imbued with the fashionably permissive attitudes of the 1960s. Set in the 1970's, The History Man is life as performance, "self-made actors on the social stage." To the extent that it skewers self-styled radicals who have since fallen out of fashion in academia, it retains its relevance in its skewering of academics who care more about themselves than their students.Revolving around promiscuous and radical Marxist tutor. --- The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury. ISBN 0140175083,9780140175080 Paperback; London: Penguin Books Ltd,published 1985 Penguin books second printing, oversize paperback England plays limited, St. Ives PLC set in Baskerville type. about 5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches, cover illustration Stephen Martin satire, fiction, LAX Vespa,Los Angeles Culver City- maybe this will do it! -At least you know what you're getting into- City- Media Mail USPS-you get the copy you were viewing carefully Drop kick-packed to protect it in - transit..... History Man PB 4603 BMK 10


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    THE DREAMER by [KING, WILLIAM]. (SWIFT, JONATHAN)

    London: Printed for W. Owens, 1754. FIRST EDITION. This is a well-preserved copy in a period binding of an anonymously published satire of contemporary politics and religion, written in the form of allegorical essays, accompanied by a 14-page "advertisement" explaining the allusions. The unnamed author was William King (1685-1763), head of St. Mary Hall college at Oxford and one of the most renowned orators of the day. According to DNB, his Latin oration at a college installation roused Samuel Johnson to "clap his hands until they were sore." King was also the author of a number of political satires in Latin verse, and a friend and correspondent of the greatest satirist of the day, Jonathan Swift. Pages 81-89 here include "The Answer, by Dr. Swift," a poem responding to Robert Lindsay's "Paulus" (also included), noting that it was "never published in any edition of the Dean's works." Teerink affirms that this is the poem's first appearance in print; the volume is desirable to the Swift collector for that reason. King's verses here show the Jacobite sympathies for which he was known, and include "The Paper Mill," "The Roscrucians or Knights of the Rosy Cross," "The Court of Judicature or Temple of Mercury," "The Temple of Health," "Pallantis or the City of Pallas with an account of the Onocentaurs," "The Temple of Hercules," and "Postscript." The present copy was once in the collection of Civil War General Hiram Scofield (1830-1906), who assembled one of the largest private libraries in the United States.. 205 x 122 mm. (8 x 5"). 2 p.l., xxxii, 33-240, xxviii, 14 pp., [1] leaf (ads). FIRST EDITION. Contemporary sprinkled calf, raised bands, red morocco label (older repairs to joints). Front pastedown with bookplate of H. Scofield Private Library. Teerink, 1623; ESTC T136704. Two-inch cracks to joints, patches of insect activity to boards, extremities a bit rubbed, opening and closing leaves with typical offsetting from turn-in glue, gutter open at title page, occasional faint foxing or other trivial defects, but still an excellent copy, the text quite clean and crisp, and in a solid binding. This is a well-preserved copy in a period binding of an anonymously published satire of contemporary politics and religion, written in the form of allegorical essays, accompanied by a 14-page "advertisement" explaining the allusions. The unnamed author was William King (1685-1763), head of St. Mary Hall college at Oxford and one of the most renowned orators of the day. According to DNB, his Latin oration at a college installation roused Samuel Johnson to "clap his hands until they were sore." King was also the author of a number of political satires in Latin verse, and a friend and correspondent of the greatest satirist of the day, Jonathan Swift. Pages 81-89 here include "The Answer, by Dr. Swift," a poem responding to Robert Lindsay's "Paulus" (also included), noting that it was "never published in any edition of the Dean's works." Teerink affirms that this is the poem's first appearance in print; the volume is desirable to the Swift collector for that reason. King's verses here show the Jacobite sympathies for which he was known, and include "The Paper Mill," "The Roscrucians or Knights of the Rosy Cross," "The Court of Judicature or Temple of Mercury," "The Temple of Health," "Pallantis or the City of Pallas with an account of the Onocentaurs," "The Temple of Hercules," and "Postscript." The present copy was once in the collection of Civil War General Hiram Scofield (1830-1906), who assembled one of the largest private libraries in the United States.


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    Morias Enkomion [Greek] Stultitiae Laus. Desid. Erasmi Rot. Declamatio by ERASMUS

    Amsterdam: Henricum Wetstentium, 1685. hardcover. very good(+). Engraved title depicting a court jester on a pulpit before his congregation. [7], 152 pages. Slim 16mo, early vellum-backed marbled boards with morocco spine label (binding well-rubbed but sound and attractive; ownership inkstamp on verso of title which has offset on recto, otherwise a rather clean copy with wide margins). Amsterdam: Henricum Wetstentium, 1685. An early edition of this uncommon book. Translated into English as "In Praise of Folly," these are satirical treatises on Catholic Church dogma.


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    AN ESSAY TOWARDS FIXING THE TRUE STANDARDS OF WIT, HUMOUR, RAILLERY, SATIRE, AND RIDICULE by (HUMOR, 18TH CENTURY). [MORRIS, CORBYN]

    London: Printed for J. Roberts, and W. Bickerton, 1744. FIRST EDITION. This is a (not surprisingly) amusing attempt to differentiate between wit, humor, raillery, satire, and ridicule, written (surprisingly) by an economist and customs inspector. The author begins by defining wit as "the Lustre resulting from the quick Elucidation of one Subject, by a just and unexpected Arrangement of it with another Subject." Morris differentiates humor from wit, describing the former as "any remarkable Oddity or Foible belonging to a Person in real Life," and acknowledges it gives more delight and pleasure than wit. His example here is Falstaff, the embodiment of "Jollity, Mirth, and Good-nature." Our volume ends with a letter on humor in comedy by that master of the Restoration comedy of manners, William Congreve. Corbyn Morris (1710-79) had previously written a series of pamphlets defending the policies of Prime Minister Robert Walpole, and the present work opens with a 34-page dedication to that politician which the normally forgiving DNB deems "extravagant . . . even by contemporary standards." Morris once told David Hume that he wrote "all his books for the sake of the Dedications," and these seemed to be successful instruments in advancing his career, as he was appointed secretary of customs and salt duty for Scotland before subsequently being appointed to the English board of customs. Our copy bears the bookplate of Anglican clergyman and antiquary Rashleigh Edward Hungerford Duke (1855-1932), engraved by G. W. Eve, one of the foremost bookplate designers of the day.. 206 x 133 mm. (8 1/8 x 5 1/4"). xxxiv, [2] (errata, ads), xxxii, 75, [1] pp. FIRST EDITION. Contemporary sprinkled calf, covers bordered with double gilt fillet, raised bands flanked by gilt rules, original brown morocco label. Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of "R E H D" engraved by and signed in the plate by G. W. Eve (see below). Joints, spine, and extremities a bit chafed and dried (though much of this successfully masked by refurbishing), covers a bit scratched and with three patches of lost patina from insect acitivity, one upper corner rather bumped, but the original unrestored rustic binding solid and pleasing, with no serious defect. One leaf with three-inch tear into the text (neatly repaired without loss of legibility, though with slight displacement of letters), otherwise only trivial imperfections internally, THE TEXT REMARKABLY FRESH AND CLEAN and printed within quite ample margins. This is a (not surprisingly) amusing attempt to differentiate between wit, humor, raillery, satire, and ridicule, written (surprisingly) by an economist and customs inspector. The author begins by defining wit as "the Lustre resulting from the quick Elucidation of one Subject, by a just and unexpected Arrangement of it with another Subject." Morris differentiates humor from wit, describing the former as "any remarkable Oddity or Foible belonging to a Person in real Life," and acknowledges it gives more delight and pleasure than wit. His example here is Falstaff, the embodiment of "Jollity, Mirth, and Good-nature." Our volume ends with a letter on humor in comedy by that master of the Restoration comedy of manners, William Congreve. Corbyn Morris (1710-79) had previously written a series of pamphlets defending the policies of Prime Minister Robert Walpole, and the present work opens with a 34-page dedication to that politician which the normally forgiving DNB deems "extravagant . . . even by contemporary standards." Morris once told David Hume that he wrote "all his books for the sake of the Dedications," and these seemed to be successful instruments in advancing his career, as he was appointed secretary of customs and salt duty for Scotland before subsequently being appointed to the English board of customs. Our copy bears the bookplate of Anglican clergyman and antiquary Rashleigh Edward Hungerford Duke (1855-1932), engraved by G. W. Eve, one of the foremost bookplate designers of the day.


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    The Battle of the Books by Roxburghe Club of San Francisco; Edgar Kahn; Colonel Carroll T. Harris; Jonathan Swift

    San Francisco, CA: Roxburghe Club, 1945. Folded Leaf, 11 x 14.75 cm. 4 pp. Letterpress on Watermarked Ingres Laid Paper with Deckled Edges. Very Good with minor creasing & faint stains. Scarce.


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    THE SOUTH-SEA BRITHERS by HAMILTON, DAVID

    Kilmacolm, Scotland: Partick Press, 1992. AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY. From a total edition of 300 numbered copies. This charming piece of fine press is a satirical history of the fictitious "Great North Bodoni Railway Company" golf club on the equally fictitious island of San Serriffe. Author and printer David Hamilton ran the Partick Press for his self-published books on golf and medicine, including a series of short letterpress works on fine paper, as here.. 254 x 178 mm. (10 x 7"). [viii], 37, [5] pp. AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY. From a total edition of 300 numbered copies. Original quarter yellow cloth over marbled paper boards, upper cover with printed paper label, title in gilt on spine. Title vignette, one in-text and three full-page illustrations, five tipped-in photographs, and one tipped-in folding map. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on limitations page. Rear pocket with three pieces of facsimile printed ephemera inside a printed envelope. As new, with just a breath of wear to extremities. This charming piece of fine press is a satirical history of the fictitious "Great North Bodoni Railway Company" golf club on the equally fictitious island of San Serriffe. Author and printer David Hamilton ran the Partick Press for his self-published books on golf and medicine, including a series of short letterpress works on fine paper, as here.


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    The Lighter Side of School Life by Hay, Ian

    London: Hodder & Soughton. Good with no dust jacket. 1. Hard Cover. Full red cloth, black lettering and decoration on spine, decoration blind-stamped on front cover, t.e.g. (red), red endpapers. . Front cover bent and creased, volume shows some shelf-wear, former owner's inscription on ffep, rear hinge sprung. GOOD. . 12mo 7" - 7½" tall. (x), 227, (1) pp .


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    Lidé z Reklubu: satirické veršování s karikaturami Karla Matějíčka [People from the Reklub: rhymed verses with caricatures by Karel Matějíček] by Šafr, Václav, Karel Matějíček, illustrator, and Stanislav Maršo, designer

    Prague: Reklamný klub československý, 1936. Octavo (18.5 × 12.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 42, [3] pp. Twenty caricatures by Karel Matějíček, most of them full-page. About fine, in protective mylar. A charming book of satirical verses and caricatures about leading figures of the pre-war Czechoslovak advertising world. In 1927, the "Reklub" - short for Reklamný klub československý, or the Czechoslovak advertising club - was founded to offer a community to various artists, designers, and texters active in the bourgeoning field of commercial advertising. Its aim was to defend the interests of agencies and individuals, and to inform about news of international advertising, and to provide a sense of community. The Club existed until 1949 and was the subject of a recent study by Dušan Pavlů. Jan Brabec, Jaroslav Hencl, Jiři Pacovský, Jaroslav Richter, Miroslav Sutnar, Jiři Solar and many others. Typographic design by Stanislav Maršo (1910-1976), a specialist in advertising and typography. KVK, OCLC show no copies outside the Czech Republic.


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    MOTEL OF THE MYSTERIES by Macaulay, David

    Houghton Mifflin. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 1979. First Edition. Hardcover. Three quarter inch triangular chip to the top rear panel of the DJ. DJ has some cockling. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 95 pages; Extra postage required for priority and international shipping. .


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    And Now All This by Sellar , Walter C. and Yeatman, Robert J.:

    Methuen and Co, London 1932 Second edition . From the same madness that was 1066 And All That , this sequel deals with more social morals and idiocyncracies. With illustrations by John Reynolds. Expanded and drawn from the articles in Punch magazine. Red boards HB,8vo, 120pp , Good ++


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    Sovětská karikatura [Soviet caricatures] by Varšavskij, Lev O. and Lubomír Linhart

    Prague: Knihovna Levé fronty (V. Palán), 1934. Octavo (19 × 12 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Karel Poličanský; 30, [2] pp. Very light repair to upper spine tip; very good. The first book on Russian, and especially Soviet, political caricatures to appear in the Czech Republic. It was issued as part of the famous series "Knihovna levé fronty" ("The Left Front Library"), which was issued by the eponymous group of leftist artists and intellectuals, which took the place of the earlier Devětsil group around Karel Teige, Jaroslav Seifert, S. K. Neumann and others. Features samples of works by the leading Soviet caricaturists Deni, Boris Efimov, Mikhail Cheremnykh, D. Moor, V. Vasil'ev, and others. With a preface by the translator, Lubomír Linhart (1906-1980), a film and photography critic who served as the speaker of the Film-foto group of the Left Front in the 1930s. Design and typography by Karel Poličanský, an architect and book designer who used the pseudonym Jiří Friml. Outside the Czech Republic, KVK and OCLC only locate copies at IISG and Oxford, with none in North America.


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    It All Started With Eve by Armour, Richard:

    Hammond Hammond and Co London 1965 . In the same vein as "1066 And All That" , a satirical , chronological and humorous portrait of certain historical ladies through the ages. With illustrations by Campbell Grant. 8vo Red boards HB with Grant Eve illustration in LRH corner, 157pp , Good++ in unpriceclipped Good DJ.


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    Elegie [An elegy] by Žižka, Otokar and Bohdan Lacina, illustrator

    Vyškov na Morav: F. Obzina, 1932. Quarto (28 × 19.2 cm). Original printed wrappers; 55, [8] pp. Frontis illustration. Signed and inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Wrappers lightly creased; still about very good, in protective mylar. First edition of this book of verse, a revised edition of the "forgotten" volume "Tvář v plamenech" (The face in flames). Žižka (1907-1963) was a Czech writer and poet. With a preface by the Catholic modernist poet Jakub Deml. With overall typographic design (title and cover printed in black and blue) and a surrealist frontis drawing by Bohdan Lacina. Along with Josef Istler, Miloš Kořeček, Vilém Reichmann, Václav Tikal, and Václav Zykmund, Lacina was an early member of the post-war surrealist Ra Group (Skupina Ra). One of 225 copies, this copy no. 203 on milled "Antik." Outside the Czech Republic, KVK and OCLC only show the copies at Northwestern and Pennsylvania State.


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    Henry Root's World of Knowledge by Root, Henry

    London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 1982. Small Quarto Size [approx 17.5cm x 24cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. 192 pages Henry Root was the invention of writer, William Donaldson. Root wrote a number of funny and satirical letters to famous people. In the World of Knowledge, Henry Root continues his satirical, and at times very funny, exploration of the world. . Hardback.


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    Milligan's Ark by Milligan, Spike and Hobbs, Jack (Edited by)

    London: Margaret and Jack Hobbs. 1971. Small Quarto Size [approx 17.5cm x 24cm]. Good condition in pictorial laminated boards. Light wear to edges and corners. Previous owner's details to front free end paper. Black & white illustrations by a variety of artists, ncluding Ralph Steadman, Ronald Searle, Spike Milligan etc. Foreword by HRH. The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 112 pages . 1st Edition. Hardback.


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    Oliphant: An Informal Gathering by Oliphant, Pat

    New York: Simon & Schuster. 1978. Quarto Size. Near Fine copy in Very Good dustjacket. Dustjacket is now protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. Illustrated with black and white cartoons. Remainder mark to bottom-edge. 192 pages Australian born, Pat Oliphant won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1966. He is regarded as one of the finest American political cartoonists. . 1st Edition. Hardback.


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    The Eleven Comedies Literally & Completely Translated from the Greek Tongue into English with Translator's Foreward, and Introduction to each Comedy & Elucidatory Notes by Aristophanes

    NY: Liveright Publishing Corp.. Good in Fair dust jacket. 1941. First Edition. Sixth Printing. Hard Cover. Publisher's full black, gilt design and lettering on spine, gilt design on cover, dark black endpapers, fore-edge deckle, Black & Gold Edition. . Hinge starting, cover sunned, head and heel of spine and corners bumped, page edges slightly soiled, endpapers are lightly spotted, in protective mylar cover. . Vol. 1/2/2016. Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall. (xxv) 882 pp .


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    I Have No Gun But I Can Spit. An Anthology of Satirical and Abusive Verse by Baker, Kenneth [Selected by]

    London: Eyre Methuen. 1980. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Near Fine copy in Very Good dustjacket. Dustjacket is now protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Dj is very slightly age toned. 205 pages . 1st Edition. Hardback.


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    Maxim's Put-downs, Pranks & Pick-up Lines by Maxim

    Because Every Joke Needs a Butt - but It Shouldn't Be You. There's nothing standing in between you and being the party-master. It's admirable to be respected at the office, but when it comes down to it, every guy would rather be czar of the bar than king of the copier. You know, that guy who shows up & commands attention from every person in the joint..... Softcover book glossy covers----Maxim's Put-down. Pranks & Pick-up Lines. Publisher: Maxim Books (2000) ISBN 0967572347 9780967572345 - 4499- 32 pages. Ruth Reaser..LAX Vespa,Los Angeles Culver City- maybe this will do it! -At least you know what you're getting into- City- Media Mail USPS-you get the copy you were viewing carefully Drop kick-packed to protect it - in - transit. MaximPutdownPickup1 PB 4498 SCI FI 41


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    I'm Not Making This Up You Know The Autobiography of the Queen of Musical Parody by Russell, Anna; Edited by Janet Vickers

    New York: Continuum. 1985. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. 246 pages . 1st US Edition. Hardback.


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    The Russians Said It First: A Heritage of Proverbs selected and translated by Simeon Aller by Aller, Simeon and Nikolai Remisoff, illustrator

    Los Angeles: The Ward Ritchie Press, 1963. Hardcover. Remisoff, Nicolai (Re-My). Octavo (20.5 × 14 cm). Original illustrated cloth, unclipped dustjacket in mylar sleeve; v-viii, [1], 137 pp. With a preface by Upton Sinclair and fourteen leaves of black-and-white illustrations by Re-My (Nicolai Remisoff). Signed and inscribed by the author on the front fly leaf: "To Selia and Frank with Best Wishes Simeon." Light foxing to top and side edge; else a very attractive copy. With a typically idiosyncratic preface by Upton Sinclair, which concludes: "There are seven hundred proverbs in this book, so you will wish to pick out those which seem most striking. Read, mark, and inwardly digest them; for the Russians are too human and have suffered and thought in the same mysterious world. The airplane has made us neighbors forever." Illustrated by Nikolai Remizov (Re-Mi, or Re-My) an important Russian graphic designer, illustrator, and painter (1887-1975). In the years before the Revolution, Re-Mi was one of the leading artists of the satirical journal "Satirikon" and "Novyi Satirikon." He is also well-known for his illustrations for Kornei Chukovsky's children's tale "Krokodil" ("The Crocodile"). After emigrating in 1918, he settled briefly in Paris before moving to the US, where he was active as a set designer in Hollywood for some time after 1939.


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    Radical Squibs and Loyal Ripostes. Satirical Pamphlets of the Regency Period, 1819-1821 by Hone, William [Edited by Edgell Rickword]

    Bath, UK: Adams & Dart. 1971. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Near Fine copy in Very Good dustjacket. Dustjacket is now protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Illustrated in Black & White by George Cruikshank and others. 319 pages During the years 1819-1822 a "pamphlet war" was wages between the radical William Hone and the Establishment, and it stands out as a lively and entertaining episode in the generally dreary arena of political controversy. Hone was a satirist of exceptional skill and with the illustrations of George Cruikshank the pamphlets became a source of immense amusement to the public. . 1st Edition. Hardback.


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    La fable des abeilles ou les fripons devenus honnestes gens. Avec le commentaire, où l'on prouve que les vices des particuliers tendent à l'avantage du public by (MANDEVILLE, Bernard de)

    Londres: Jean Nourse, 1750. hardcover. very good(+). 4 volumes, 12mo, (2) + 396, (4) + 62,lxv1 + 339 et (4) + 362 pages, original mottled calf; rubbed, rubricated edges. Londres: Jean Nourse, 1750. Very good. Translated from the sixth English edition. This is one of many editions of the famous and popular satire on the true causes of social welfare and riches, Mandeville suggesting that base behavior produces positive economic effects.


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