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A61107 A discourse concerning prodigies wherein the vanity of presages by them is reprehended, and their true and proper ends asserted and vindicated / by John Spencer. Spencer, John, 1630-1693. 1663 (1663) Wing S4947; ESTC R24605 129,689 118

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