This contract entered into at --, this ---- day of ------ , 19-, by and between A. B., of ---------, party of the first part, and C. D., party of the second part, Witnesses:

That, whereas, said party of the first part has in preparation, as author, a literary work entitled, ---------, for the publication of which both parties hereto desire to provide.

Now therefore, said party of the first part, in consideration of the promises and agreements of said party of the second part herein contained, hereby promises and agrees:

To complete the manuscript of said literary work and deliver the same to said party of the second part on or before ---------, 19-; said manuscript to be of sufficient length to constitute a book of between --------- and --------- printed pages, of type and arrangement similar to a book entitled, ---------.

To superintend the printing of said work, and to correct the proof thereof. (If the author is to be relieved from proof reading, this covenant may be inserted as one of the covenants on the part of the party of the second part.)

In consideration whereof, said party of the second part hereby promises and agrees:

To obtain a copyright of said literary work in due form of law; (if copyright is to be taken in the name of the author, the following clause may be inserted among the covenants of the party of the first part: The said party of the first part furthermore' agrees to take out a copyright upon said work and to license the party of the second part to publishing said work under said copyright).

To stereotype, print, bind, manufacture and publish said literary work in the style best suited to the same; to keep the market fully supplied with copies of said literary work, and to use its best endeavors to sell the same during all of the times which said copyright, or any renewals thereof, shall remain in force.

To deliver to said party of the first part, free of cost --------- copies of said book.

To render unto said party of the first part, semi-annually, on the first days of ---------and ---------, respectively, of each year after delivery of said manuscript, a report containing a statement of all sales of said work made by it during the --------- months ending on said respective days.

To exhibit to said party of the first part, on request, its printer's and binder's books, showing the number of copies of said literary work printed and bound.

To pay to said party of the first part the sum of --------- for each and every copy of said literary work sold by it, (or if the royalty is to be estimated on a percentage basis, the following clause may be used instead of a statement of a definite sum: To pay to the said party of the first part the sum of --------per cent. of the retail price of each and every copy of said book sold by the party of the second part.) payable semi-annually on the first days of ---------and

---------, respectively, of each year after the delivery of said manuscript, for all copies of said literary work so sold by it during the six months next prior thereto.

It is mutually agreed by and between the parties hereto, on the considerations aforesaid:

That the stereotype and other plates made by said party of the second part and used in printing said work shall be the property of said party of the second part.

That in event of the bankruptcy or insolvency of said party of the second part, or in case said party of the second part shall fail to perform any of the agreements on his part to be performed, as herein provided, the right is hereby given to said party of the first part to rescind this agreement, upon giving reasonable notice thereof; whereupon the right to publish said work shall revert to said party of the first part, who shall then have the right of purchasing the stereotype and other plates, then used in printing and publishing said literary work, at a fair valuation to be agreed upon by the parties hereto. In case said parties are unable to agree thereon, the valuation of said plates shall be referred to three arbitrators, one to be appointed by each of the parties hereto, and the third by the two thus chosen; the decision of any two of whom shall be final and binding, and each of the parties hereto shall pay one-half of the expenses of such reference. Upon payment of the amount of said valuation by said party of the first part, said party of the second part shall assign to him the copyright of said literary work without further compensation. (If the copyright is taken out in the name of the author, a similar provision may be made to apply in case the publisher does not wish to continue the publication of such work.)

That this agreement shall inure to and be binding upon the executors, administrators, successors and assigns of the parties hereto.

In witness whereof, etc.

See references under Sec. 3890.