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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Work or Copyright thereof and the appurtenances unto the said John Murray in
manner and form aforesaid and according to the true interest and meaning of these
presents And also that he the said Washington Irving hath not by any act deed
matter or thing whatever by him or by his authority done or preferred or in any
way changed mortgaged or incumbered the said copyright and premises hereinbefore
mentioned to be hereby assigned or intended so to be or any part thereof in any
manner whatsoever And also that he the said Washington Irving his executors and
administrators and all and every person or persons claiming or to claim by or
him shall and will at all times hereafter when thereto requested by the said John
Murray his executors administrators or assigns make do and execute all such further
and other assignments assurances and conveyances of the said Book Work or Copy=
right to the said John Murray his ececutors administrators or assigns at his and their
expence and as he or they shall require according to the true intent and meaning
of these presents And the said John Murray doth hereby for himself his heirs executors
and administrators covenant promise and agree to and with the said Washington Irving
his executors administrators and assigns That in case default shall be made in
payment of any or either of the said several Promissory Notes at the time or
times on which the same ought to be paid as aforesaid he the said John
Murray his executors administrators or assigns shall and will on being thereto
requested reassign to the said Washington Irving his executors administrators and
assigns one eighth part or share (the whole into eight equal parts to be divided) of
the said Book Work or Copyright and premises hereby conveyed or intended so to
be for each of the said several Promissory Notes on which default of payment
thereof shall occur as aforesaid In witness whereof the said Parties to
these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and r first
above written. —

Washington Irving


Signed Sealed and Delivered }
by Washington Irving at Seville }
in the presence of }
the word “one ” in the first page being previously
erased and the word “four” interlined and the word
“eight” in the second page erased and the word “seven”
interlined.

Julian B. Williams — of Seville

N Wetherell of Seville


Received on the day of the dates of above written Indenture of and £
from the above named John Murray the sum Three thousand one hundred}3150
and fifty pounds in the manner above mentioned, being the consideration}
money above mentioned to be paid by him to me}

Washington Irving

Witness. — N Wetherell

Julian B. Williams