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GEORGE BERNARD SHAW RENEGOTIATES HIS ROYALTY STRUCTURE AFTER THE BANKRUPTCY OF HIS AMERICAN PUBLISHER BRENTANO’S 

SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD.  (1856-1950).  Irish-born writer.  Good Typed Letter Signed, “G. Bernard Shaw”, on his name-imprinted, “4 Whitehall Court London S.W.1 / Phone Whitehall 3160 / Telegrams: Socialist. Parl-London” stationery.  One full page, quarto.  No place. [London]. “3rd January 1935”.  Very fine condition.  Shaw writes to “Messrs. Wm.H. Wise and Co., 50 West 47th Street, New York City, U.S. America”:

“Dear Sir, I hereby license you to print and publish a twelve volume set of selected works of mine and to sell them in sets and note others at a price of not less than thirty dollars ($30) per set. You are to pay me seven and a half per cent (7 ½%) of the retail price of all thirty dollars by which the retail prices exceed thirty dollars per a set and do not exceed fifty dollars per set and plus ten per cent of the amount by which the retail prices exceed fifty dollars per set. Payments due to me under this licence shall cease on the 31st December one thousand nine hundred and thirty-six unless expressly renewed or extended by me. It shall terminate automatically at any time before or after the said 31st December 1936 should Messrs Wise & Co become subject to a winding-up order or become bankrupt or insolvent or should they abandon or fail to fulfill the obligations contemplated in this licence. This licence completely supersedes all the former licences and agreements concerning my works to which Messrs Wise and Messrs Brentano were parties as the said agreements have been terminated by the bankruptcy of the Brentano firm.”

 

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