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TERMS FOR "A DUET" DOYLE, ARTHUR CONAN. Autograph Letter Signed, "A Conan Doyle," to publisher Grant Richards, laying out the terms for publication of his forthcoming book, A Duet. 2 pages, 8vo, "Undershaw" stationery; moderate marginal discoloration from prior matting, faint scattered foxing. Hindhead, Surrey, circa 1899
"The only valid reason I can ever give a publisher for quitting him is that I can get better terms. So if I come to you with 'A Duet' my terms must be high. . . . "1. No advance. "2. Half yearly accounts. "3. Two shillings per copy on 6/ book. "4. Your guarantee to fairly spend £100 in advertising. "5. The form to be such as I approve. ". . . I propose to sacrifice the serial rights of this book and bring it out at once in book form. This will in itself be an interesting experiment & should, I believe, help the sale of the book materially. . . . "The book . . . should be ready for appearance early in March. . . . "I am on very friendly terms with Smith and must return to him, so don't be hurt when I do so with my next book. The fact is that this book ought to be published by a young married couple and so I give you the refusal of it. . . ."
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