ISBN: 9780930031756 Year Added to Catalog: 1989 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: 128 b&w illustrations, appendices, bibliography, index Number of Pages: 8 x 10, 352 pages Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Old ISBN: 093003175X Release Date: September 1, 1995 Web Product ID: 148
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