Copyright agreement for Washington Irving's 'The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus', 7 May 1828

'The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus' was the first of Irving's Spanish works. It was very popular in both America and Europe.

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Copyright National Library of Scotland

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delivered to the said Washington Irving the said eightseven several Promissory Notes in
pursuance of the said agreement Now this Indenture witnesseth that
in consideration of the said sum of Three thousand one hundred and fifty pounds
so as aforesaid agreed to be paid by the said John Murray as and in full for the
absolute purchase of the said Work or History and of all the copyright and interest
of him the said Washington Irving And in consideration of the said sum of three
hundred pounds so paid as aforesaid and of the said several seven Promissory
Notes so as aforesaid delivered by the said John Murray to the said Washington
Irving at or before the sealing and delivery hereof the receipt of which said
several Promissory Notes he the said Washington Irving doth hereby acknowledge
and that the same when paid will be in full satisfaction and payment of the
said copyright and life interest And also for and in consideration of the sum of ten
shillings by the said John Murray to the said Washington Irving in hand paid
at or before the dealing and delivery hereof the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged
He the said Washington Irving Hath granted bargained sold assigned transferred
and set over And by these presents Doth grant bargain sell assign transfer and
set over unto the said John Murray his executors administrators and assigns All
that the said Book Work Composition or History so as aforesaid written composed
and compiled by the said Washington Irving or now in completion by him and
about to be published by the said John Murray in four volumes octavo and
entitled or called or intended to be entitled or called “A History of the Life and
Voyages of Christopher Columbus” And all and every the entire copyright term of
years reversion and renewal of copyright and life interest of him the said
Washington Irving of and in the said Work or History and every part thereof
with the introduction notes appendixes and other appurtenances and all the produce
and profits which shall or may at any time or times hereafter arise from printing
publishing and selling the same And all the estate right title and interest of
which he the said Washington Irving now has or shall acquire of and in the same
To have and to hold receive and take the said Book Work Composition or
History and all and every the profits and produce thereof and all and singular
other the premises hereinbefore mentioned and intended to be hereby assigned and
every of them and every part thereof with their and every of their appurtenances
for and during the term of Twenty eight years from the day of the publication
of the said Work or History and for and during the natural life of him the said
Washington Irving in case he shall survive the said term of Twenty eight years and
for and during all such further term or time as the said Washington Irving his w
executors administrators and assigns now hath or shall or may at any time or times
hereafter have or acquired the right of printing and publishing the same and the
copyright thereof to him the said John Murray his executors administrators and
assigns to and for his and their own use and benefit as his and their own goods and
chattels absolutely and the said Washington Irving doth hereby for himself his heirs
executors and administrators covenant promise and agree to and with the said John
Murray his executors administrators and assigns in manner following (that is to say) That
he the said Washington Irving now hath in himself good right full power and lawful
and absolute authority by these presents to bargain sell assign and assure the said Book