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    Edgar Rice Burroughs' Signed Contract for the First Edition of The Cave Girl

    Edgar Rice Burroughs [1875-1950, American novelist]. Signed Contract for The First Trade Edition of The Cave Girl. [Los Angeles and Chicago]: January 10, 1925. 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. Approximately 13 x 8.5 inches. On plain white paper. Some toning and edgewear to leaves, several horizontal creases, some light creasing in upper left corner, as well as paperclip markings and staple-holes, evidence of sticker removal on verso of second leaf. Also on verso of second leaf is the following ink note, in an unknown hand: "The Cave Girl/Agreement with/Edgar Rice Burroughs/ Jany. 10 1925". One later ink note on the first leaf (in unknown hand). Minor small red stain on second leaf. Overall very good. The San Clemente Collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
    Like the previous lot, this contract has the most unusual aspect in that there is no mention of payment up-front to Burroughs. Burroughs was to receive a royalty of 15% on the first ten thousand sold (based on a catalogue price of $2.00 per copy) and 20% thereafter. Like the other contract, 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 - but the later ink note (in red ink) states that these rights were cancelled and "tr. to Ed. R. Burroughs April 11 '39 for 50.00".
    The San Clemente Collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs.


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