Academic journal article The Conradian : the Journal of the Joseph Conrad Society (U.K.)

Conrad's Contracts with William Heinemann, Ltd

Academic journal article The Conradian : the Journal of the Joseph Conrad Society (U.K.)

Conrad's Contracts with William Heinemann, Ltd

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THE SIX memoranda of agreement, signed by Conrad and the firm of William Heinemann, Ltd, are published here for the first time. The originals are held at the Random House Archive, Rushden, Northamptonshire (hereafter Random House). The contracts relate to terms for the English and American serial and book rights of The Nigger of the 'Nardssus" (1897); his collaboration with Ford Madox Hueffer, The Inheritors (1901); Typhoon (1903); The Rescue (1919); and Notes on My Books (1921).1 Preserved with these are seven acknowledgements of payment signed or entirely written by Conrad (or by Conrad and Hueffer) and relating to some of the same works. An Appendix features copies of Heinemann's memoranda of registration deposited at the Stationers' Hall for "Typhoon," "To-morrow," and "Amy Foster."

Editorial Conventions

Annotations are limited to essential information. Biographical information on persons well known in Conrad studies is not provided. A document's state (typed or holograph) is noted at its end. The transcriptions are in intention diplomatic, although concessions have been made for the requirements of print and readability. Editorial notes are enclosed in square brackets. Conjectural readings and attributions of place are followed by a question mark and similarly treated. The original's orthography and pointing are retained, and obvious errors flagged by asterisks. Abbreviations have not been expanded, nor have other print conventions, such as italicizing book titles, been imposed. Insertions are indicated by oboli (\ /) and deletions by angle brackets (< >). A vertical bar (|) indicates a line-break. Underlinings within a document appear here in italics,; double underlining appears as such.

CONTRACTS AND RECEIPTS

THE NIGGER OF THE UNARCISSUS "

Receipts

[letterhead: 21, Bedford Street,2

London,

W. C.]

March 12, 1897.

RECEIVED from the firm of William Heinemann the sum of Thirty Pounds (£30), being the sum received by me on account of serial rights in Great Britain and the United States of America for my story entitled "THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS;" or should any difficulty prevent its issue in serial form, the said £30 is to be considered as on account of royalties hereinafter to be arranged for the sale of the story in volume form.

/30 0.0 Joseph Conrad.

Text TS / signed

[Stanford-le-Hope]

June 1, 1897.

RECEIVED from the firm of William Heinemann the further sum of Twenty Pounds (£20) being the sum received by me on account of serial rights in Great Britain and the United States of America for my story entided "THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS;" or should any difficulty prevent its issue in serial form, the said £20 is to be considered as on account of royaldes hereinafter to be arranged for the sale of the story in volume form.

1/6/97. Jph. Conrad

Text TS / signed and dated

MEMORANDUM of AGREEMENT made and entered into this 26th day of July One thousand eight hundred and ninety-seven BETWEEN Joseph Conrad, of Ivy Walls Farm, Stanford-le-hope, Essex, of the one part AND the firm of William Heinemann, of 21, Bedford Street, London, W. C. of the other part.

WHEREBY it is agreed that the said firm of William Heinemann shall have the sole and exclusive right to print, publish and sell an original work by the said Joseph Conrad entitled "THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUSin consideration of which the said firm of William Heinemann shall pay to the said Joseph Conrad a royalty of fifteen per cent. (15%) on the published price of the first 10,000 copies sold, and a royalty of twenty per cent. (20%) on the published price of all subsequent copies sold, thirteen copies to be counted as twelve.3

IT IS understood that the above-mentioned royalties do not apply to the Colonial Edition of the said work (should any be issued), on which the said firm of William Heinemann undertake to pay to the said Joseph Conrad a royalty of threepence (3d) per copy on all copies sold. …

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