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  • ISBN-13: 9780582013919
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 7/1/1992
  • Series: Longman Medieval and Renaissance Library
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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