MS Eng 760
Publishers' agreements, 1711-1754: Guide.
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Call No.: MS Eng 760
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Title: Publishers agreements,
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 volume)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Manuscript documents describing the assignment, sale, or transfer of copyright among
publishers and others in England.
41-2300 - 41-2330. Purchase; received: 1942 January 2.
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Publishers Agreements, 1711-1754 (MS Eng 760). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Manuscript documents describing the assignment, sale, or transfer of copyright among
various booksellers, lawyers, publishers, printers, stationers, and other individuals
in England during the 18th century. Authors whose works are represented include John
Entick, Mathew Henry, Benjamin Martin, and Samuel Richardson, among many others.
See Percy J. Dobell's Antiquarian Bookstore catalog, no. 66 for more complete description.
- (2). Stedwell, Thomas, printer. Ms. document signed: assignment of half the rights in 44 books (which Stedwell had
inherited from Thomas Crouch) to Jeremiah Botley for 50 pounds; 29 January 1727. p. folded.
Signed and sealed; witnessed by Edward Mory and Basil Herne.
List of the 44 titles attached.
On verso: Stedwell's receipt for the 50 pounds.
On verso: Jeremiah Botley's re-assignment of the above rights for 50 pounds to James Hodges, 18 December 1732.
- (5). Kenrick, Andrew. Ms. document: incompleted indenture of sale of copyright by Andrew Kenrick, Thomas Tylston, and Daniel Radford (executors of the estate of Mary Henry, widow of Mathew Henry, for her heirs: Esther Buckley, Elizabeth Henry, Sarah Henry, and Mary Henry) for 157.10 pounds of Mathew Henry's "Exposition of the Old and New Testaments"; undated and unsigned. p. folded.
- (6). Gt. Brit. Sovereigns, etc., 1727-1760 (George II). Ms. document: Royal licence and privilege for the sole printing, publishing and vending
of John Entick's The Protestant manual, to James Hodges for the term of fourteen years; 28 February 1749-1750. p. (one fold).
Signed: By His Majesty's command, Bedford.
- (8). Hoyle, Edmond, 1672-1769. Ms. document signed: Hoyle's agreement with Thomas Osborne, who has purchased Francis Cogan's rights in Hoyle's publications, for a consideration of 25 pounds to sign his name
in each copy of his book published thereafter during his lifetime; 20 Nov 1745. p. (one fold).
On p. : Signed receipt for £25.
- (9). James, John, stationer, London. Ms. document signed: transfer of two-thirds of the copyright of The ladies dispensatory or Every woman her own physician, for a consideration of 10.3 pounds to James Hodges; 14 Feb 1737. p. (one fold).
- (10). Lintot, Henry, bookseller, London. Ms. document signed: transfer of copyrights (one-fourth share of the works of the
Earl of Rochester and one-half share of the Complete gamester) for a consideration
of 15.15 pounds to James Hodges; 24 April 1739. p. (one fold).
- (11). Martin, Benjamin, 1704-1782. Ms. document signed: transfer of the copyright of Logarithmologia or Whole art of logarithms for a consideration of 26.5 pounds and ten copies of the book to James Hodges; 2 Feb 1738. p.
- (12). Martin, Benjamin, 1704-1782. Ms. draft for 11 pounds drawn on James Hodges in favor of Mathew Randall; Chichester, 2 Feb 1738-1739.
Receipted by Randall.
- (13). Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761. Ms. document signed: assignment of one-twelfth share of the copyright in An universal history, for a consideration of 262.10 pounds toJohn and James Rivington and also an assignment to them of one-twelfth of the protected modern continuation;
12 Jan 1753. p. (one fold).
- (14). Osborne, Thomas, d.1767. Ms. document signed: acknowledgment of indebtedness for 59.15.2 pounds for his share
in Dr. James's Dictionary, to be paid when the books are divided; 12 Dec 1745.] p.
On verso: (1) Osborne's notice that he has given Richardson a 12 month's note for the above amount; 25 Jan 1750. (2) Samuel Richardson's autograph, signed, acknowledgment of the above note to be
paid 25 Jan 1750/1751.
- (15). Round, James, stationer, London. Ms. document signed: transfer of one-fourth the copyright in Tillotson's Works to Jacob Tonson the younger for 380 pounds; 7 July 1735. p. (one fold).
On p. : James Round's autograph receipt for the £380.
- (17). London. Stationers' company. Ms. draft of opening portion (13 lines) of a letter to; [London, 17--?]. p.
Asking the recipient to rewrite two pages of a work dealing with witches.
- (18). London. Stationers' company. Advertisement. The following almanacks, for the year 1754, will be publish'd at Stationers-hall,
London, on Tuesday the 20th day of November next ... [London], 25 September 1753. broadside.
On verso: ms. draft of a receipt by Eliz: and Jane Butterfield for 80 pounds, the first and second payments on a purchase of 160 pounds in the English
stock of the Stationers' company which they had inherited from their father Richard Butterfield; ca. 1754.
- (19). Steele, Sir Richard, 1672-1729. Ms. document signed: assignment of copyright of "The fine gentleman, or The unfashionable lovers, or Conscious Lovers" to Jacob Tonson, Jr. for a consideration of 40 pounds; 20 Oct 1722. p. (one fold).
- (20). Rogers, William, stationer, London. Ms. document signed: assignment of one-eighth of the copyright of Tillotson's sermons
to Jacob Tonson Jr. for a consideration of 87.10 pounds; 20 July 1711. p. folded.
- (21). Tans'ur, William, 1699?-1783. Ms. document signed: agreement with James Hodges to revise the text of the Royal melody compleat for a new edition; consideration to
be 100 sets of the new edition in sheets; 29 May 1754. p. folded.
- (22). Ford, Mrs. Catherine. Ms. document signed: assignment of one-third of the copyright of Isaac Watts's Hymns and spiritual songs to Richard Hett for a consideration of 70 pounds; 20 Sept 1738. p. folded.
On verso: signed receipt for 70 pounds.
- (23). Ford, Mrs. Catherine. Ms. document signed: assignment of the copyright to Moral songs composed [by Thomas Foxton] for the use of children to Richard Hett for a consideration of 10 pounds; 20 December 1738. p. folded.
On verso: signed receipt for 10 pounds.
- (24). Hett, Richard, bookseller. Autograph ms. receipt to Aaron Ward for 14.15 pounds for one-twentieth and one one-hundred-and-twentieth portion of the
copyright of Watts his Hymns and for one-fourth of the copyright of Thomas Foxton's Moral songs composed for the use of children; 19 December 1738. p.
On verso: autograph ms. receipt to Aaron Ward for 26.5 pounds for one-fourth of all the copyrights formerly owned by Mrs. Margaret Laurence; 27 January 1738/1739.