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    Edgar Rice Burroughs' Signed Contract for the
    First Edition of
    Tarzan and the Ant Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs [1875-1950, American novelist]. Signed Contract for The First Trade Edition of Tarzan and the Ant Men [Reseda and Chicago]: May 15, 1924. Signed contract. Signed at the bottom of the second page by Burroughs, Joseph E. Bray, Vice President for A. C. McClurg & Company, and two witnesses. With Burroughs' ink stamp above his signature. Two type-written folio pages on two folio sheets, stapled at upper left corner. Approximately 13 x 8.5 inches. On plain white paper. Some toning and edgewear to leaves, a few tears, mainly on creases, several horizontal creases, some light creasing in upper left corner, as well as paperclip markings. On verso of second leaf is the following ink note, in an unknown hand: "Tarzan + the Ant Men/Agreement with/Edgar Rice Burroughs/for publication/May 15. 1924". Overall very good.
    This contract has the most unusual aspect in that there is no mention of payment up-front to Burroughs. This contract is a bit different from the other two, as Burroughs was to receive a royalty of 20% on all sales of the first edition - not a sliding scale as before (based on a catalogue price of $2.00 per copy). Like the other contracts, Burroughs was also responsible for text corrections after the printed proof was made, beyond an initial $25 of printer's fees paid by the publisher. Again, Burroughs reserved all movie and serial rights to this book, as well as foreign translations. Burroughs was to also receive twelve copies of this book upon publication, and a 40% discount on all copies thereafter. This contract awards exclusive publication right to A. C. McClurg during the copyright period and renewals. The San Clemente Collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs.


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