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December 19, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about finding the value of World Book encyclopedias. Old reference books such as encyclopedias may have some resale or collector's value.

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November 23, 2010

Years ago I had a very good cook book. It was a thick book, like a Bible. It had such really good recipes that were older. The best way I can describe this book is that in the back it had daily in-season meal plans for breakfast,dinner, and supper. I cannot remember the name of it and the covers were missing.

Thank you.

By Frank from AR

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November 23, 20100 found this helpful

I doubt if we are talking about the exact same cookbook as my old (very old) "cooking bible" has the in-season menus in the front of the book. Regardless, maybe this information could help your search. My mother got the book as a young wife in the 1950's and indeed it does have a lot of older recipes that can't be found in current cookbooks.

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My book is titled "Culinary Art Institute Encyclopedic Cookbook", was edited by Ruth Berolzheimer, and has a copyright date of 1950. It has 974 pages plus index and about 50 pages of cooking and baking terms, different food variety explanations, etc. It truly is a "cooking bible" and my ultimate "go to" reference book for some info and many old recipes I can't find elsewhere.

Are you looking for a copy of the book - sorry, mine's not for sale :-) - or a particular recipe? If it's a recipe, I'd be happy to look it up for you.

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November 23, 20100 found this helpful

I have a very similar book from the 40s-50's called "The Modern Family Cook Book" by Meta Given. Passed down from my great-grandmother! It has a week's worth of meal plans for every month and large amount of great recipes. Mine also has the menu plans in the front.

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I also tend to prefer the older cookbooks. It just seems like the recipes are better, and most of them are surprisingly healthy.

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November 28, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you both for your quick answers. They both sound like what I had. Least now I can know what to look for and that is a start. I understand why you would not sell it as I never would have. You can bet I will be on a hunt now.

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November 29, 20100 found this helpful

I also have an old cookbook by Ruth Berolzheimer, but the name is: "The American Woman's Cook Book". It's copyright is 1938 through 1943. In the back of this book are daily menus but the tab for this section is: Wartime Cooking

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I am a retired RN, age 70 plus, and this was my mother's cookbook. I still use it and my other "bible" the Joy of Cooking, as it was a gift from my parents when I graduated from high school! Good luck! Granny Beth

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November 29, 20100 found this helpful

I have a very old cookbook that has no covers :o( It was my Mom's. It is the Good Housekeeping cookbook and has all kinds of things in the back, don't know if it's the same one your looking for, but it's a great old cookbook!

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November 30, 20100 found this helpful

This is so cool, Frank/fnash. I was actually just poking around another web site that I enjoy and is kind of like a mini e-bay site that focuses only on handmade, or vintage items. I stumbled upon a cookbook that is an earlier edition of my "cooking bible" and thought of you. Here is the site, for your information.

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http://www.etsy … ant&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=vintage

Hope the link works! (I'm rather a luddite with computer issues!) Have Fun!

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November 30, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks again for everyones help. I found the book, with your aid, on the net and it is in the mail to me.
Should receive in a day or two.
Sure are helpful persons on this site.

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January 12, 2017

I have a set of 20 - 1971 Grolier "The University Society Encyclopedia". Using an online grading from Alibris.com I was able to grade them. This set has been in controlled storage for almost 20 years. They are in amazing condition. I would need to grade them near fine, based on a near fine grading can you tell me the value?

I also have a set of 10 - 1972 "The Book of Popular Science". They too are in are in amazing condition. I would say they fall in between very good and near fine condition. I need to know their value too.

Last one. I have a set of 1971 "The Bookshelf for Boys and Girls". They are in very good condition. Please provide the value of these too.

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January 12, 20170 found this helpful

This type of book has very little value, no matter how good the condition is. You will want to go to several book dealers to get estimates.

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January 12, 20170 found this helpful

Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value, a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias, dictionaries and reference books but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.
You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigs List and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

The information DCA provided is just the way it is.
Sad that most of these books just have no value and very difficult to ship even if sold on an auction site. Craigslist or other local sites may yield a buyer.

eBay currently has some listings for Bookshelf for Boys and Girls but not sure of dates:

http://www.ebay … rls&_sacat=0

Here are some listings from eBay that actually sold:


http://www.ebay … d=p2045573.m1684

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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

Information on your set Book of Popular Science.

I believe eBay is still the best auction site but with sets like this  Craigslist is probably a better idea for selling.

Here is what is currently listed on eBay :
And what recently sold

http://www.ebay … nce&_sacat=0


http://www.ebay … d=p2045573.m1684

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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

I could not find very much on this set:
1971 Grolier The University Society Encyclopedia

I did find similar items on eBay. Some are listed now and a few items were sold.

I am listing these sites as someone who is not very familiar with eBay may have difficulty finding items like this.

http://www.ebay … dia&_sacat=0


http://www.ebay … d=p2045573.m1684

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May 4, 2017

I have a copy of Chambers's Information for the People, volume 1. It is dated Edinburgh, 1857 and it is obviously an original copy. Is this worth getting it valued by an expert? Thank you.

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January 23, 2017

I have the full 20 volumes of this series: C.1901. How do I find the value?

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January 23, 20170 found this helpful

Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value, a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias, dictionaries and reference books but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.
You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigs List and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.
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January 24, 20170 found this helpful

Go on eBay, Craigslist, Etsy, Amazon and look up what others are paying. Some collector would be the best cuz they'll pay the most

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April 11, 2017

I have the above mentioned set minus 1. Volume 1 covers 1607-1674. It is very old, copyright 1887.

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August 12, 20140 found this helpful

I have a Encyclopedia Britannica World Atlas. It is an old copy from 1940. I want to know how much it is worth.

By Adriana C.

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August 13, 20140 found this helpful

So sorry, but nothing. It's too far out of date.

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August 14, 20140 found this helpful

I found about 50 listings on eBay for Encyclopedia Britannica World Atlas but from all different years.
There does seem to be some value if you sell it on eBay or maybe other sites.

Value otherwise - not much - if any.

Try finding info on Google, eBay and other sites for information.
Just remember - asking price is just that - asking price - not value.

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August 2, 2016

Have a nine volume set of "Six Thousand Years of History" dated 1906. I also have a complete set of "Great Books" along with Gateway and Idea sets and finally, 12 vol. "the New Larned History" 1924.
Is there a market or value?

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August 2, 20160 found this helpful

The sets may have some value, however, the values depend upon interested book collectors, similar available sets on the market and condition. You can research online for book collectors, Craig's List, and auction houses. Also try this site:

http://www.book  book-values.html

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May 20, 2016

I have 8 Waverley Children's Dictionary books and 3 Pictorial Knowledge books. Do these have any value or where can I take them if there is not value to them?

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May 20, 20161 found this helpful

Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value, a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigs List and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.
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January 23, 2016

If I understand the other postings on this site my complete 1958 World Book Encyclopedia set is worthless except for crafters.

I also have a complete set of Time Life books "World War II" C 1977
And a Time Life series titled "Understanding Computers" C 1988
Both sets in pristine condition. Are either worth anything?
Thanks.

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January 23, 20160 found this helpful

Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value, a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.
You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigs List and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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November 19, 2015

I have a complete set of 1968 Annals of America that came with my Encyclopedia Brittanica. Is it worth anything?

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November 20, 20150 found this helpful

Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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November 16, 2015

I have a complete set of 1910 The Americana - A Universal Reference Library. Can anyone tell me if it worth anything, and if it is, the best way to sell it?

Thank you.

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November 17, 20150 found this helpful

Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

Your set may have value depending upon the buyer, condition of the set etc. You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. You can also check auction houses in your area, old book stores, etc.

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October 4, 2015

What is the value of this book?

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October 4, 20150 found this helpful

Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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September 29, 2015

Just to start, I've done Google, eBay, Amazon, anywhere I can think of, including reading your thread on this topic. I will say it's an encyclopedia, but it's from 1915, leather bound, and practically in pristine condition. It's a full 10 book set plus loose leaf extension book. It's Perpetual Encyclopedia Corporation, but says Chicago/Toronto under the name, rather than ones listed saying Chicago/Illinois. It's the Home And School Reference Work, A Library of Practical, Authoritative Information drawn from every dept. of human knowledge. Made in USA.

Could you help find an estimate price to sell, both individually and as a complete set. I'm sending a couple of images to see if it helps. And if you cannot find an estimated price, could you please recommend somewhere that might be able to give a general estimate as I can't afford a professional appraiser.

Thank you for any help you might be able to offer in this. I've owned them more than 20 years and believe I could be only the 2nd owner of these books.

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September 29, 20150 found this helpful

Encyclopedias dated before 1923 may have some value to a collector. You may be able to find more about your books at this site:

http://www.book  book-values.html

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August 23, 2015

I have a two volume set of the 1941 unabridged dictionary, 2,970 pages, with illustrations. Does anyone know the possible value if any? They are in great condition.

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August 23, 20150 found this helpful

Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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April 6, 20150 found this helpful

I've been cleaning my old house and somehow I've got the New Standard Encyclopedia, volume VIII, 1930, Sydney NSW Australia. I can't even remember where I got it from. Does anybody know if I can sell it or how much I can ask for it. It's not in bad shape. The covers are just a little bit scratched, but the pages are OK. Thanks in advance!

By Niko G

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April 6, 20150 found this helpful

Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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March 1, 20150 found this helpful

I have a complete set, 20 volumes, of "The World and Its Peoples", illustrated library. Also I have a 14 volume set of America "Great Crimes in Our History, Told by Its Makers".

By Kristin

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March 1, 20150 found this helpful

Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias and other old reference books but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities.

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March 1, 20150 found this helpful

I have an old 1887 Scientific American reference book. It is an official census of the United States by counties for 1880. How much is this book worth?

By dlawnz

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March 1, 20150 found this helpful

Could not find a reference to the book online. This book probably has little value as most of this type of information is now available online. Old book collectors may be interested.

You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities.

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February 24, 20150 found this helpful

I have a set of 24 volumes of the 1965 World Atlas. How much money can I get for them?

By Azim from New York

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February 24, 20150 found this helpful

Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias and send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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December 17, 20140 found this helpful

I have a 1932 Universal Dictionary, how much is it worth?

By Debbie M

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December 20, 20140 found this helpful

You can search online, check craigslist, old book sites for information, etc. However, old books, dictionaries included, have little value as our computer age has most information instantly available online and always updated.

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January 15, 20140 found this helpful

I just came across these that were my mom's. They were stored in the attic for years and are in good to fair shape. Do they have any value?

By Les U

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January 18, 20140 found this helpful

Hi - you may find some information on eBay or Google.

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March 26, 2012

I have (2) dictionaries called, The New Century Dictionary. They were first copyrighted in 1927. They are in good condition. Does anyone happen to know what their value might be?

By Revelator from Mobile, AL

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March 28, 20120 found this helpful

Actually their value is nothing. Every year a few new words are added to the English language. Some of these are fad words and some are not. None of these will be in your old dictionaries. They would serve a purpose for looking up the words that are in them but a new dictionary will cover everything. Before a person would pay for an old dictionary, they would pay for a new one.

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April 19, 20150 found this helpful

I have a copy of the Oxford dictionary of quotations published in 1953. It is in good condition. Is this worth anything?

By Peter S.

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March 2, 20150 found this helpful

How do I find the value of complete sets of Grolier Universal Encyclopedias, The Book of Popular Science, The Lands and Peoples, and 2 books of The New Webster Dictionary of The English Language book 1-A-Resource, book 2 Respect-Zymurgy. They are 1960 and older.

By Sharon

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December 15, 20140 found this helpful

I have a corduroy covered "The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language." It is in good condition for its age with some light staining on the corduroy, yellowing of pages, and a few loose pages. It weighs almost 30 lbs! I would like to know a reasonable amount to ask, as I have seen it on Antiques Roadshow and know I cannot ask that amount. Thanks!

By CJ

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November 1, 20140 found this helpful

I have 6 books in the set, Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences, Kingsway London. They are in pristine condition. Would these books be worth anything? Printed in London.

By Kerrie Ann

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October 7, 20140 found this helpful

I have a set in fair (fair to good) condition. It is missing volume II. Does it have any value?

By Joe R.

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June 20, 20140 found this helpful

I have been collecting the World Topics Year Book, published by the United Educators, Inc. since 1965. I would just like to know what their value might be.

By Jame

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February 6, 20140 found this helpful

I have a reference book named Scientific American Reference Book; it is in good condition. It was printed in 1876 by Munn and Company and it says it was 37th copy. What's it worth?

By Dennis A from Lincoln, NE

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August 18, 20120 found this helpful

How do I find the value of book titled "Rifle Shooting and Scoring", Andrews, 27th edition? It is waterproof.

By Ben

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May 10, 20120 found this helpful

I have a 1900 edition of Hill's vest pocket Latin-English, English-Latin dictionary, soft-bound, red, leather-like. It is in good shape. Any idea of its worth?

By Chris

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May 10, 20120 found this helpful

I have a book entitled, "Makers of the Americas", by Lansing, Chase, and Nevins published by Heath in 1947. It talks about the discovery of the Americas and the various fights for independence, the Civil War, South America's history, inventions, progress, etc. It goes thru both World Wars.

Additionally, I have a book titled "America's War for Humanity: Pictorial History of the World War for Liberty", by Thomas H. Russell, William D. Eaton, and James M. Miller. The copyright is 1919. It is hardbound with some stains on cover. It is a great read. How do I determine what value these books might have?

By Chris

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