• Francois le Vaillant: Travels into the interior of Africa via the Cape of Good Hope. Vol II
    Translated with an Introduction and Notes by D.J. Culpin
    Volume:
    III-3 (2021)
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    In Print (eBook available)
    This volume of Le Vaillant’s Travels continues the narrative of his journey, begun in Volume 1, from the time of his arrival at Kok’s Kraal on the banks of the Great Fish River, where he pitched camp and remained from 12 October until 4 December 1782. This sojourn of two months was the longest time that Le Vaillant remained in...
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  • Hendrik Swellengrebel in Africa. Journals of Three Journeys in 1776-1777
    Edited by Gerrit Schutte
    Volume:
    II-49 (2018)
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    In Print (eBook available)
    Hendrik Swellengrebel was born at the Cape on 26 November 1734, the fifth child of Hendrik Swellengrebel Snr, at the time the Secretary of the Council of Policy, but from 1739 Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, and of Helena Wilhelmina ten Damme. After bidding farewell to his parents on 25 March 1746, Hendrik Jr travelled as an eleven-year-old...
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  • 'An Entirely Different World': Russian Visitors to the Cape 1797-1870
    Edited by Boris Gorelik
    Volume:
    II-46 (2015)
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    In Print (eBook available)
    The Russian view of the Cape as represented in this volume may be unique. During the period in question, Russia had no cultural, political or economic ties with South Africa. Russians saw the Cape only as a convenient stopover en route to the Far East, to their country’s distant domains that could not be reached by sea otherwise. The Cape was...
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  • The South African Letters of Thomas Pringle
    Edited and introduced by Randolph Vigne
    Volume:
    II-42 (2011)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    Thomas Pringle (1789–1834) is remembered as ‘the father of English poetry’ in this country, as leader of the only Scottish settler party in 1820 and as a champion of the freedom of the press. He had an earlier career as founding editor of Blackwood’s Magazine in Edinburgh and a later one as man of letters in London and secretary of...
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  • Francois le Vaillant: Travels into the interior of Africa via the Cape of Good Hope. Vol I
    Translated and edited by Ian Glenn with the assistance of Catherine Lauga du Plessis and Ian Farlam
    Volume:
    II-38 (2007)
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    In Print (eBook available)
    In 1780 the young Francois Vaillant set out from Holland for the Cape to collect specimens of birds and animals. His account of his travels, which was published widely during the revolutionary period, became an influential piece of writing about South Africa, popular throughout Europe and reflected many Enlightenment attitudes.I t was the first highly critical account of Dutch colonialism...
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  • The Journal of Gustav de Vylder, naturalist in South-Western Africa 1873-1875
    Translated from the original Swedish and edited by Ione & Jalmar Rudner
    Volume:
    II-28 (1997)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    Gustav de Vylder, a Swedish naturalist, journeyed through Namibia from 1873 to 1875, collecting insects and other natural-history specimens for institutions in his home country. His travels were undertaken some years before the German colonial occupation when the European presence was slight. De Vylder's journal is a record of an adventurous journey, personal encounters and conditions in what was then...
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  • Johan August Wahlberg: Travel Journals and from letters, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, 1838-1856
    Edited and introduced by Chris Hummel and Adrian Craig
    Volume:
    II-23 (1992)
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    In Print
    Johan August Wahlberg (1810-1856), a Swedish naturalist, travelled through much of southern Africa, including Natal and Namibia, before the mid-19th century. He had been chosen by the Swedish Academy of Sciences to collect plants and animals in southern Africa for the Natural History Museum in Stockholm. His account of his travels is often terse and businesslike but his accounts of...
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  • The Commissions of W.C. Palgrave Special Emissary to South West Africa, 1876-1885
    Edited and introduced by E.L.P. Stals.
    Volume:
    II-21 (1990)
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    In Print
    William Coates Palgrave (1833-1897) was active in South West Africa (Namibia) for 25 years. As Special Commissioner to Hereroland and Namaland, he undertook 5 consecutive commissions to that country on behalf of the Cape government. This volume, containing the official journals, or minutes and reports produced during the commissions, records the life of a country on the brink of colonisation.
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  • Carl Peter Thunberg. Travels at the Cape of Good Hope 1772-1775
    Edited by Emeritus Prof. V.S. Forbes and translated from the Swedish by J and I Rudner
    Volume:
    II-17 (1986)
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    In Print
    Carl Peter Thunberg (1743), a Swede and disciple of the renowned botanist, Linnaeus the elder, was the first university graduate to travel extensively in the Cape interior, preceding the expedition of his compatriot, Anders Sparrman. Apart from recounting his three journeys - two to the Eastern Cape as far as the Sundays River, and one to the Roggeveld - he...
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  • William Somerville's narrative of his journeys to the Eastern Cape frontier and to Lattakoe 1799-1802
    Introduction and notes by Edna and Frank Bradlow
    Volume:
    II-10 (1979)
    Print Status:
    Out of print
    William Somerville, an Edinburgh doctor, accompanied the invading forces of Major-General Craig when the British took the Cape in 1795. He remained at the Cape for some years, accompanying Major-General Dundas to the eastern districts during the height of conflict on the frontier. Subsequently he accompanied an expedition to the Orange River. On both occasions he recorded the cultures...
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  • Selected Articles from the Cape Monthly Magazine (New Series 1870-76)
    Introduction and notes by A.M. Lewin Robinson
    Volume:
    II-9 (1978)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    The "Cape Monthly Magazine" was the best-known of the 19th century Cape journals. Edited by Professor Roderick Noble of the South African College, and Alfred Whaley Cole, it attracted contributions from leading Cape intellectuals. This selection deals with travels and historical reminiscences and includes articles by Dr W.G. Atherstone, Charles Brownlee and Robert Godlonton
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  • Anders Sparrman. Travels in the Cape 1772-1776: Vol. II
    With introduction and editing by Prof. Vernon S. Forbes. Translated from the Swedish by J. and I. Rudner.
    Volume:
    II-7 (1976)
    Print Status:
    Out of print (Softbound reprint and eBook available)
    This second volume of Sparrman's travels concerns his account of his journey to the Eastern Cape including a stay at Agter Bruintjies Hoogte. It includes comments on the practices of the Khoi of the eastern districts and of local flora and fauna.
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  • Anders Sparrman. Travels in the Cape 1772-1776; Vol. I
    With introduction and editing by Prof. Vernon S. Forbes. Translated from the Swedish by J. and I. Rudner.
    Volume:
    II-6 (1975)
    Print Status:
    Out of print (Softbound reprint and eBook available)
    Anders Sparrman (1748-1820), a young Swedish doctor, is noteworthy for his visit to parts of the Cape which were little known at that time. This first volume describes his journey past Mossel Bay and through the Langkloof.
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  • Beschryvinge van Kaap der Goede Hoope, met de zaaken daar toe behoorende, door François Valentyn, 1726. Dl. II.
    Edited by Dr. E. H. Raidt with English Translation by Maj. R. Raven-Hart
    Volume:
    II-4 (1973)
    Print Status:
    Out of print
    This second part of Valentyn's travels continues with the account of his visit in 1702 and a later visit of 1714. It includes a lengthy account of the customs of the Khoi and their language, the fauna to be encountered and the early history of the settlement.
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  • Beschryvinge van Kaap der Goede Hoope, met de zaaken daar toe behoorende, door François Valentyn, 1726. Dl. I.
    Edited and annotated by Prof. P. Serton, Dr. W.J. de Kock, Maj. R. Raven-Hart. Final Editor Dr. E.H. Raidt. English translation by R. Raven-Hart and introduction by P. Serton
    Volume:
    II-2 (1971)
    Print Status:
    Out of print
    François Valentyn (1666-1727) was sent out to the Dutch East Indies as a young man to work as a minister of religion. His interests extended to the natural world which he encountered in the Moluccas and the Cape. Valentyn visited the Cape several times over a period of almost 30 years and observed the changes occurring in the fledgling colony...
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  • Travels and Adventures in Southern Africa by George Thompson, 1823-24; Vol. II
    Edited by Vernon S. Forbes
    Volume:
    I-49 (1968)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    This second volume of Thompson's travels covers a journey to the 'country of the bushmen, Korannas, and Namaquas', in the Roggeveld and Namaqualand. The volume concludes with 'observations on the present condition of the Dutch and English inhabitants' and a discussion on the commercial potential of the Cape Colony.
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  • Travels and Adventures in South Africa by George Thompson, 1823-24; Vol. I
    Edited by Vernon S. Forbes
    Volume:
    I-48 (1967)
    Print Status:
    Out of Print
    George Thompson, who arrived in the Cape about 1818, was a successful merchant in Cape Town. He married a Dutch woman and travelled widely in southern Africa in the early years of the 19th century. Much of this travelling was to expand the business of his company amongst the 1820 settlers of the Eastern Cape. He also travelled up to...
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  • Reize in de Binnen-Landen van Zuid-Africa. Gedaan in den Jaare 1803 door W.B.E. Paravicini di Capelli, Kapitein Aide de Camp, by den Gouverneur van de Caap de Goede Hoop
    Uitgegee en toegelig met inleiding, voetnote, sketskaarte en verkorte weergawe in Engels deur W.J. de Kock
    Volume:
    I-46 (1965)
    Print Status:
    Out of Print
    Paravicini di Capelli was an artillery-captain at the time of the Batavian Republic and aide-de-camp of the Cape governor, General Jan Willem Janssens. He travelled with the governor into the interior, keeping an official journal as well as his own, and was active in preparations of the Cape against attack by the British, travelling widely during this period. In 1804...
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  • Journal of Residence in Africa, 1842-1853, by Thomas Baines: Vol. II
    Edited by R.F. Kennedy, 1850-1853
    Volume:
    I-45 (1964)
    Print Status:
    Out of Print
    Vol. II covers the Vaal River Expedition of 1850, in which Baines travelled through the Orange Free State and up to Potchefstroom. It concludes with the 8th Frontier War from 1850 to 1851.
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  • Journal of Residence in Africa, 1842-1853, by Thomas Baines: Vol. I
    Edited by R.F. Kennedy
    Volume:
    I-42 (1961)
    Print Status:
    Out of Print
    Thomas Baines was one of South Africa's most notable artists, recording many historical events, which he meticulously recorded both with brush and with pen. This volume covers many of his journeys in the eastern Cape, with the Liddle expedition and on his own.
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  • The Cape Journals of Archdeacon N.J. Merriman, 1848-55
    Edited by D.H. Varley and H.M. Matthew
    Volume:
    I-37 (1957 for 1956)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    Archdeacon Merriman was appointed Archdeacon of Grahamstown by Bishop Robert Gray in 1848. his instructions were to expand the church in the Eastern Cape by establishing new congregations and building churches in the small townships. He was to 'awaken 'religious instincts long dormant through lack of opportunity' and to 'preach to barbarous people the saving grace of Christianity.' In accomplishing...
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  • Andrew Smith and Natal: documents relating to the early history of the Province
    Selected, edited and annotated by Percival R. Kirby
    Volume:
    I-36 (1955)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    Andrew Smith, a British doctor, journeyed to Natal in 1832, ostensibly for scientific purposes, but almost certainly operating under instructions. The text includes an account of his visit to Dingane and notes on the different tribal groups which he encountered, the Cape Town Merchants' Memorial of 1835 and some of the records of the South African Land and Emigration Association
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  • The Narrative and Journal of Gerald McKiernan in South-West Africa during the years 1847-70
    Edited by P. Serton
    Volume:
    I-35 (1954)
    Print Status:
    Out of Print
    Gerald McKiernan was an American trader, operating in South West Africa in the last decade before German colonial rule. The manuscript consists of a narrative of 5 years' travel in Africa, from 1875 to 1879, and a diary which he kept from 1877 to 1879. The author travelled widely, probably reaching well into Angola.
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  • Die Dagboek van H.A.L. Hamelberg [in die Kaap en Oranje-Vrystaat], 1855-71
    Edited and introduced in Afrikaans by F.J. du T. Spies; with a summary in English by N.G. Sabbagha
    Volume:
    I-33 (1952)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    H.A.L. Hamelberg was a Hollander who visited the Cape in 1855, remaining there for six months. Subsequently he undertook a journey from Cape Town to Bloemfontein where he spent about seven years. The journal covers the earlier events in more detail
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  • The Journal of Carel Frederik Brink of the journey into Great Namaqualand [1761-2] made by Captain Hendrik Hop and The Journal of the journey of Ensign Johannes Tobias Rhenius [1724]
    Transcribed, translated and edited by E.E. Mossop
    Volume:
    I-28 (1947)
    Print Status:
    Out of print
    Hendrik Hop was a Stellenbosch farmer who led a pioneering journey into Namaqualand. The account of the journey is told by the Cape surveyor and map-maker, Carel Brink. Accompanying this record is the brief journal of the trading journey of Johannes Rhenius of Berlin, made nearly 40 years before that of Hop. His account is of particular interest because of...
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  • M.D. Teenstra - De vruchten mijner werkzaamheden, gedurende mijne reize over de Kaap de Goede Hoop, naar Java en terug, over St Helena, naar de Nederlanden, 1830
    Introduction by F.C.L. Bosman and a linguistic view by Prof. Dr. J.L.M. Franken; with a summary in English by P.J. Smuts
    Volume:
    I-24 (1943)
    Print Status:
    Out of print (Softbound reprint and eBook available)
    M.D. Teenstra was a Dutch gentleman-farmer, who visited the Cape in 1825. During the course of his stay he went for a cure at the Caledon baths, and visited Genadendal and Cape Agulhas, returning to Cape Town via Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. His observations are acute and full and he made full use of statistics and other official information available to...
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  • The Diary of Dr Andrew Smith, director of the 'Expedition for exploring Central Africa', 1834-6; Vol. II
    Edited by Percival R. Kirby
    Volume:
    I-21 (1940)
    Print Status:
    Reprint and eBook available
    The second volume of Smith's diary picks up the expedition with descriptions of Baralong social life. The party travelled through the northern Cape to Mafeking and onto Mosega. Subsequently they trekked east and then returned to Cape Town, via Mzilikazi whom they visited for the second time. The diary includes extended accounts of wild life as well as the customs...
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  • The Diary of Dr Andrew Smith, director of the 'Expedition for exploring Central Africa', 1834-6; Vol. I
    Edited by Percival R. Kirby
    Volume:
    I-20 (1939)
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    Reprint and eBook available
    Andrew Smith, an army doctor, arrived in the Cape in 1820, remaining there until 1837. The expedition to Central South Africa was undertaken to find out more about the people living to the north. Smith travelled up to Kuruman and into Ndabele country, and explored the Oori, Mariqua and Limpopo Rivers. The expedition included a number of missionaries, among them...
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  • Die Duminy Dagboeke [with English translation]
    Edited by Prof. J.L.M. Franken
    Volume:
    I-19 (1938)
    Print Status:
    Out of print
    The Duminy diaries consist of the diary of Johanna Margareta Duminy (1797), the journal of François Duminy of his visit to the Caledon Baths and the Bok river (9 November 1810 to 4 March 1811), the journal of François Duminy's expedition to Walfish Bay in 1793 and Sebastian Valentyn van Reenen's journal of the same expedition. An English translation of...
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  • Die Joernaal van Dirk Gysbert van Reenen, 1803
    Uitgegee deur wyle prof. dr. W. Blommaert en prof. J.A. Wiid. With an English translation by J.L.M. Franken and Ian M. Murray
    Volume:
    I-18 (1937)
    Print Status:
    Out of print (Softbound reprint available)
    This is an account of a journey in to the Eastern Cape undertaken by the Governor of the Cape, J.W. Janssens and Capt Paravicini de Capelli, recorded by D.G. van Reenen. Van Reenen was a prominent burger at the Cape, a winemaker, reputed to make the best wine in the Cape, and he held the wine and meat contracts...
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  • Travels and Adventures in Eastern Africa by Nathaniel Isaacs; Vol. II
    Edited by Louis Herrman
    Volume:
    I-17 (1936)
    Print Status:
    Out of print (Softbound reprint and eBook available)
    Isaac’s journal is one of the first reports of a European on Natal and the kingdom of the Zulus. The first volume begins in 1825 when Isaacs went to Natal for the first time. The major portion of the text consists of a detailed description of Shaka, his society and culture. In 1830 Isaacs returned to Natal when Dingaan reigned...
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  • Travels and Adventures in Eastern Africa by Nathaniel Isaacs; Vol. I
    Edited by Louis Herrman
    Volume:
    I-16 (1935)
    Print Status:
    Out of print (Softbound reprint and eBook available)
    Isaacs' journal is one of the earliest European accounts of Natal and the Zulu kingdom. The first volume opens in 1825 when Isaacs first went to Natal. Most of the volume is devoted to an extended description of Shaka and his society and culture.
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  • The Journal of Hendrik Jacob Wikar [1779] with an English translation by A.W. van der Horst; and the Journals of Jacobus Coetse Jansz [1760] and Willem van Reenen [1791]
    Translated and edited by Dr E.E. Mossop
    Volume:
    I-15 (1935)
    Print Status:
    Out of print (Softbound reprint and eBook available)
    These journals were published originally in Molsbergen's Reizen in Zuid Afrika. Wikar's report is an account of the daily life and adventures of the first European who is known to have journeyed along the Orange River, while that of Jansz records the first European crossing of the Orange River into South-West Africa . Van Reenen crossed the Orange River into...
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  • The early Cape Hottentots described in the writings of Olfert Dapper [1668], Willem Ten Rhyne [1686] and Johannes Gulielmus de Grevenbroek [1695]
    The original texts, with translations into English by I. Schapera and B. Farrington, edited by I Schapera
    Volume:
    I-14 (1933)
    Print Status:
    Out of print (Softbound reprint and eBook available)
    Most early travellers to the Cape included some account of the local Khoisan societies. The three works published here are more comprehensive than most, giving a reasonable idea of the state of knowledge about indigenous peoples in the Western Cape by the end of the 17th century. These are the accounts of travellers rather than scientists but the more readily...
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  • Louis Trigardt's Trek across the Drakensberg, 1837-1838
    By Clause Fuller; edited by prof. Leo Fouché
    Volume:
    I-13 (1932)
    Print Status:
    Out of print
    This volume reconstructs Trigardt's journey into Natal, using his diary as the basis for this journey. It also records his comments about the people he encountered en route.
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  • Journals of the expedition of the Honourable Ensign Olof Bergh [1682 and 1683] and Isaq Schrijver [1689]
    Transcribed and translated into English and edited by Dr E.E. Mossop
    Volume:
    I-12 (1931)
    Print Status:
    Out of print (Softbound reprint and eBook available)
    The Swede, Olof Bergh, was one of the earliest travellers to undertake the journey up to Namaqualand. The purpose of his journeys was to negotiate with the 'Sousequase and Gourisse Hottentots' , to trade and to familiarise himself with the region up the Cape west coast. Isaq Schrijver of Leiden was also sent north by Governor Simon van der...
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  • Lichtenstein, Henry - Travels in Southern Africa in the years 1803 - 1806; by Henry Lichtenstein; Vol II
    Translated from the original German by Anne Plumptre. London, 1812-15
    Volume:
    I-11 (1928-30)
    Print Status:
    Out of print
    In this second volume Lichtenstein returned to Cape Town via Graaff Reinet and the Karroo. Subsequently he returned to the Swellendam district. His last journey took him north to Kuruman where he encountered the Koranna and the Bechuana.
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  • The Wreck of the Grosvenor
    A narrative of the loss of the Grosvernor by John Hynes, one of the survivors, written by George Carter and a translation of the Journal of Jacob van Reenen about the search for the wreck and any survivors by Capt. Edward Riou
    Volume:
    I-8 (1927)
    Print Status:
    Out of print (Softbound reprint and eBook available)
    Containing a narrative of the loss of the Grosvenor, East Indiaman, wrecked on the Coast of Caffraria, 1782; compiled by Mr George Carter, from the examination of John Hynes, one of the survivors, London, 1791; and Journal of a Journey from the Cape of Good Hope in 1790 and 1791, undertaken by J. van Reenen and others in search of...
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  • Collectanea
    A collection of various documents relating to the Cape and Natal (1695-1710). With a preface by C. Graham Botha
    Volume:
    I-5 (1922)
    Print Status:
    Out of print (Softbound reprint and eBook available)
    A collection of various documents relating to the Cape and Natal (1695-1710)
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