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One desk copy is available for every twenty copies ordered. However, Random House will honor requests with a minimum enrollment of ten students for seminars and graduate courses. If the class size falls below ten, examination copies are available for purchase at a nominal cost. Random House can not ship desk copies to residences: they must be mailed in care of your institution and to valid U.S. addresses only.

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