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                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             Washington, D.C. 20549



                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

        Date of report (Date of earliest event reported) January 30, 1997


                                BOWNE & CO., INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



              New York                                   13-2618477
(State of incorporation or organization)    (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)


      345 Hudson Street
      New York, New York                           10014
 (Address of principal executive offices)      (Zip Code)


Registrant's telephone number, including area code: 212-924-5500

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Item 5.  Other Events

                  On January 30, 1997, the Board of Directors of Bowne & Co.,
Inc. (the "Company") declared a dividend of one preferred share purchase right
(a "Right") for each outstanding share of common stock, par value $.01 per
share, of the Company (the "Common Stock"). The dividend is payable on February
10, 1997 (the "Record Date") to the shareholders of record on that date. Each
Right entitles the registered holder to purchase from the Company one
one-thousandth of a share of Series B Junior Participating Preferred Stock, par
value $.01 per share (the "Preferred Stock") of the Company at a price of $125
per one one-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock (the "Purchase Price"),
subject to adjustment. The description and terms of the Rights are set forth in
a Rights Agreement dated as of January 30, 1997, as the same may be amended from
time to time (the "Rights Agreement"), between the Company and The Bank of New
York, as Rights Agent (the "Rights Agent").

                  Until the earlier to occur of (i) 10 days following a public
announcement that a person or group of affiliated or associated persons (an
"Acquiring Person") have acquired beneficial ownership of 20% or more of the
outstanding shares of Common Stock or (ii) 10 business days (or such later date
as may be determined by action of the Board of Directors prior to such time as
any person or group of affiliated persons becomes an Acquiring Person) following
the commencement of, or announcement of an intention to make, a tender offer or
exchange offer the consummation of which would result in the beneficial
ownership by a person or group of 20% or more of the outstanding shares of
Common Stock (the earlier of such dates being called the "Distribution Date"),
the Rights will be evidenced, with respect to any of the Common Stock
certificates outstanding as of the Record Date, by such Common Stock certificate
together with a copy of this Summary of Rights.

                  The Rights Agreement provides that, until the Distribution
Date (or earlier redemption or expiration of the Rights), the Rights will be
transferred with and only with the Common Stock. Until the Distribution Date (or
earlier redemption or expiration of the Rights), new Common Stock certificates
issued after the Record Date upon transfer or new issuances of Common Stock will
contain a notation incorporating the Rights Agreement by reference. Until the
Distribution Date (or earlier redemption or expiration of the Rights), the
surrender for transfer of any certificates for shares of Common Stock
outstanding as of the Record Date will also constitute the transfer of the
Rights associated with the shares of Common Stock represented by such
certificate. As soon as practicable following the Distribution Date, separate
certificates evidencing the Rights ("Right Certificates") will be mailed to
holders of record of the Common Stock as of the close of business on the
Distribution Date and such separate Right Certificates alone will evidence the
Rights.
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                  The Rights are not exercisable until the Distribution Date.
The Rights will expire on January 30, 2007 (the "Final Expiration Date"), unless
the Final Expiration Date is extended or unless the Rights are earlier redeemed
or exchanged by the Company, in each case as described below.

                  The Purchase Price payable, and the number of shares of
Preferred Stock or other securities or property issuable, upon exercise of the
Rights are subject to adjustment from time to time to prevent dilution (i) in
the event of a stock dividend on, or a subdivision, combination or
reclassification of, the Preferred Stock, (ii) upon the grant to holders of the
Preferred Stock of certain rights or warrants to subscribe for or purchase
Preferred Stock at a price, or securities convertible into Preferred Stock with
a conversion price, less than the then-current market price of the Preferred
Stock or (iii) upon the distribution to holders of the Preferred Stock of
evidences of indebtedness or assets (excluding regular periodic cash dividends
or dividends payable in Preferred Stock) or of subscription rights or warrants
(other than those referred to above).

                  The number of outstanding Rights are also subject to
adjustment in the event of a stock split of the Common Stock or a stock dividend
on the Common Stock payable in shares of Common Stock or subdivisions,
consolidations or combinations of the Common Stock occurring, in any such case,
prior to the Distribution Date.

                  Shares of Preferred Stock purchasable upon exercise of the
Rights will not be redeemable. Each share of Preferred Stock will be entitled,
when, as and if declared, to a minimum preferential quarterly dividend payment
of $1 per share but will be entitled to an aggregate dividend of 1000 times the
dividend declared per share of Common Stock. In the event of liquidation, the
holders of the Preferred Stock will be entitled to a minimum preferential
liquidation payment of $100 per share (plus any accrued but unpaid dividends)
but will be entitled to an aggregate payment of 1000 times the payment made per
share of Common Stock. Each share of Preferred Stock will have 1000 votes,
voting together with the Common Stock. Finally, in the event of any merger,
consolidation or other transaction in which shares of Common Stock are converted
or exchanged, each share of Preferred Stock will be entitled to receive 1000
times the amount received per share of Common Stock. These rights are protected
by customary antidilution provisions.

                  Because of the nature of the Preferred Stock's dividend,
liquidation and voting rights, the value of the one one-thousandth interest in a
share of Preferred Stock purchasable upon exercise of each Right should
approximate the value of one share of Common Stock.

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                  In the event that any person or group of affiliated or
associated persons becomes an Acquiring Person, each holder of a Right, other
than Rights beneficially owned by the Acquiring Person (which will thereupon
become void), will thereafter have the right to receive upon exercise of a Right
at the then current exercise price of the Right, that number of shares of Common
Stock having a market value of two times the exercise price of the Right.

                  In the event that, after a person or group has become an
Acquiring Person, the Company is acquired in a merger or other business
combination transaction or 50% or more of its consolidated assets or earning
power are sold, proper provision will be made so that each holder of a Right
(other than Rights beneficially owned by an Acquiring Person which will have
become void) will thereafter have the right to receive, upon the exercise
thereof at the then current exercise price of the Right, that number of shares
of common stock of the person with whom the Company has engaged in the foregoing
transaction (or its parent), which number of shares at the time of such
transaction will have a market value of two times the exercise price of the
Right.

                  At any time after any person or group becomes an Acquiring
Person and prior to the acquisition by such person or group of 50% or more of
the outstanding shares of Common Stock or the occurrence of an event described
in the prior paragraph, the Board of Directors of the Company may exchange the
Rights (other than Rights owned by such person or group which will have become
void), in whole or in part, at an exchange ratio of one share of Common Stock,
or one one-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock (or of a share of a class or
series of the Company's preferred stock having equivalent rights, preferences
and privileges), per Right (subject to adjustment).

                  With certain exceptions, no adjustment in the Purchase Price
will be required until cumulative adjustments require an adjustment of at least
1% in such Purchase Price. No fractional shares of Preferred Stock will be
issued (other than fractions which are integral multiples of one one-thousandth
of a share of Preferred Stock, which may, at the election of the Company, be
evidenced by depositary receipts) and in lieu thereof, an adjustment in cash
will be made based on the market price of the Preferred Stock on the last
trading day prior to the date of exercise.

                  At any time prior to the time an Acquiring Person becomes
such, the Board of Directors of the Company may redeem the Rights in whole, but
not in part, at a price of $.01 per Right (the "Redemption Price"). The
redemption of the Rights may be made effective at such time, on such basis and
with such conditions as the Board of Directors in its sole discretion may
establish. Immediately upon any redemption of the Rights, the right to exercise
the Rights will terminate and the only right of the holders of Rights will be to
receive the Redemption Price.

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                  For so long as the Rights are then redeemable, the Company
may, except with respect to the redemption price, amend the Rights in any
manner. After the Rights are no longer redeemable, the Company may, except with
respect to the redemption price, amend the Rights in any manner that does not
adversely affect the interests of holders of the Rights.

                  Until a Right is exercised, the holder thereof, as such, will
have no rights as a stockholder of the Company, including, without limitation,
the right to vote or to receive dividends.

                  This summary description of the Rights does not purport to be
complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Rights Agreement,
as the same may be amended from time to time, which is hereby incorporated
herein by reference.

Item 7.  Exhibits.


         1.       Rights Agreement, dated as of January 30, 1997, between the
                  Company and The Bank of New York, which includes the
                  Certificate of Amendment for the Series B Junior Participating
                  Preferred Stock as Exhibit A, the form of Right Certificate as
                  Exhibit B and the Summary of Rights to Purchase Preferred
                  Shares as Exhibit C.

         2.       Press Release dated January 30, 1997.



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                                    SIGNATURE

                  Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by
the undersigned hereto duly authorized.


                                               BOWNE & CO., INC.


DATED: February 10, 1997                  By:   DOUGLAS F. BAUER
                                               ------------------
                                               Name: Douglas F. Bauer
                                               Title: Corporate Secretary

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                                  EXHIBIT INDEX


Exhibit No.                            Description
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     1            Rights Agreement, dated as of January 30, 1997, between the
                  Company and The Bank of New York, which includes the
                  Certificate of Amendment for the Series B Junior Participating
                  Preferred Stock as Exhibit A, the form of Right Certificate as
                  Exhibit B and the Summary of Rights to Purchase Preferred
                  Shares as Exhibit C.

     2            Press Release dated January 30, 1997.



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                                BOWNE & CO., INC.
                                       and
                              THE BANK OF NEW YORK,

                                 as Rights Agent
                                Rights Agreement
                          Dated as of January 30, 1997
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                                TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Section 1.      Certain Definitions.............................................................................  2

Section 2.      Appointment of Rights Agent.....................................................................  8

Section 3.      Issue of Right Certificates.....................................................................  8

Section 4.      Form of Right Certificates...................................................................... 11

Section 5.      Countersignature and Registration............................................................... 12

Section 6.      Transfer, Split Up, Combination and Exchange of
                Right Certificates; Mutilated, Destroyed, Lost or
                Stolen Right Certificates....................................................................... 13

Section 7.      Exercise of Rights, Purchase Price; Expiration
                Date of Rights.................................................................................. 15

Section 8.      Cancellation and Destruction of Right
                Certificates.................................................................................... 18

Section 9.      Availability of Shares of Preferred Stock....................................................... 18

Section 10.     Preferred Stock Record Date..................................................................... 21

Section 11.     Adjustment of Purchase Price, Number of Shares
                and Number of Rights............................................................................ 22

Section 12.     Certificate of Adjusted Purchase Price or Number
                of Shares....................................................................................... 41

Section 13.     Consolidation, Merger or Sale or Transfer of
                Assets or Earnings Power........................................................................ 41

Section 14.     Fractional Rights and Fractional Shares......................................................... 49

Section 15.     Rights of Action................................................................................ 52

Section 16.     Agreement of Right Holders...................................................................... 53

Section 17.     Right Certificate Holder Not Deemed a
                Stockholder..................................................................................... 53

Section 18.     Concerning the Rights Agent..................................................................... 54

Section 19.     Merger or Consolidation or Change of Name of
                Rights Agent.................................................................................... 55

Section 20.     Duties of Rights Agent.......................................................................... 56

Section 21.     Change of Rights Agent.......................................................................... 61

Section 22.     Issuance of New Right Certificates.............................................................. 63
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Section 23.     Redemption...................................................................................... 63

Section 24.     Exchange........................................................................................ 64

Section 25.     Notice of Certain Events........................................................................ 67

Section 26.     Notices......................................................................................... 69

Section 27.     Supplements and Amendments...................................................................... 70

Section 28.     Successors...................................................................................... 71

Section 29.     Benefits of this Agreement...................................................................... 71

Section 30.     Severability.................................................................................... 71

Section 31.     Governing Law................................................................................... 71

Section 32.     Counterparts.................................................................................... 72

Section 33.     Descriptive Headings............................................................................ 72
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                                RIGHTS AGREEMENT

                  Agreement, dated as of January 30, 1997, between Bowne & Co.,
Inc., a New York corporation (the "Company"), and The Bank of New York, a
national banking association (the "Rights Agent").

                  The Board of Directors of the Company has authorized and
declared a dividend of one preferred share purchase right (a "Right") for each
share of Common Stock (as hereinafter defined) of the Company outstanding as of
the close of business (as defined below) on February 10, 1997 (the "Record
Date"), each Right representing the right to purchase one one-thousandth
(subject to adjustment) of a share of Preferred Stock (as hereinafter defined),
upon the terms and subject to the conditions herein set forth, and has further
authorized and directed the issuance of one Right (subject to adjustment as
provided herein) with respect to each share of Common Stock that shall become
outstanding between the Record Date and the earliest of the Distribution Date,
the Redemption Date and the Final Expiration Date (as such terms are hereinafter
defined); provided, however, that Rights may be issued with respect to shares of
Common Stock that shall become outstanding after the Distribution Date and prior
to the Redemption Date and the Final Expiration Date in accordance with Section
22.

                  Accordingly, in consideration of the premises and the mutual
agreements herein set forth, the parties hereby agree as follows:

                  Section 1.  Certain Definitions.  For purposes of this
Agreement, the following terms have the meaning indicated:
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         (a) "Acquiring Person" shall mean any Person (as such term is
hereinafter defined) who or which shall be the Beneficial Owner (as such term is
hereinafter defined) of 20% or more of the shares of Common Stock then
outstanding, but shall not include an Exempt Person (as such term is hereinafter
defined); provided, however, that if the Board of Directors of the Company
determines in good faith that a Person who would otherwise be an "Acquiring
Person" has become such inadvertently (including, without limitation, because
(i) such Person was unaware that it beneficially owned a percentage of Common
Stock that would otherwise cause such Person to be a "Acquiring Person" or (ii)
such Person was aware of the extent of its Beneficial Ownership of Common Stock
but had no actual knowledge of the consequences of such Beneficial Ownership
under this Rights Agreement) and without any intention of changing or
influencing control of the Company, and such Person, as promptly as practicable
divested or divests himself or itself of Beneficial Ownership of a sufficient
number of shares of Common Stock so that such Person would no longer be an
Acquiring Person, then such Person shall not be deemed to be or to have become
an "Acquiring Person" for any purposes of this Agreement. Notwithstanding the
foregoing, no Person shall become an "Acquiring Person" as the result of an
acquisition of shares of Common Stock by the Company which, by reducing the
number of shares outstanding, increases the proportionate number of shares
beneficially
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owned by such Person to 20% or more of the shares of Common Stock then
outstanding, provided, however, that if a Person shall become the Beneficial
Owner of 20% or more of the shares of Common Stock then outstanding by reason of
such share acquisitions by the Company and thereafter such Person shall become
the Beneficial Owner of any additional shares of Common Stock, then such Person
shall be deemed to be an "Acquiring Person" (i) unless upon the consummation of
the acquisition of such additional shares of Common Stock such Person does not
own 20% or more of the shares of Common Stock then outstanding or (ii) the
proviso to the first sentence of this Section 1(a) is applicable. The phrase
"then outstanding", when used with reference to a Person's Beneficial Ownership
of securities of the Company, shall mean the number of such securities then
issued and outstanding together with the number of such securities not then
actually issued and outstanding which such Person would be deemed to own
beneficially hereunder.

         (b) "Affiliate" and "Associate" shall have the respective meanings
ascribed to such terms in Rule 12b-2 of the General Rules and Regulations under
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), as in
effect on the date of this Agreement.

         (c) "American Stock Exchange" shall mean the American Stock Exchange,
Inc.
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         (d) A Person shall be deemed the "Beneficial Owner" of, shall be deemed
to have "Beneficial Ownership" of and shall be deemed to "beneficially own" any
securities:

                  (i) which such Person or any of such Person's Affiliates or
         Associates is deemed to beneficially own, directly or indirectly,
         within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 of the General Rules and Regulations
         under the Exchange Act as in effect on the date of this Agreement;

                  (ii) which such Person or any of such Person's Affiliates or
         Associates has (A) the right to acquire (whether such right is
         exercisable immediately or only after the passage of time) pursuant to
         any agreement, arrangement or understanding (other than customary
         agreements with and between underwriters and selling group members with
         respect to a bona fide public offering of securities), or upon the
         exercise of conversion rights, exchange rights, rights, warrants or
         options, or otherwise; provided, however, that a Person shall not be
         deemed the Beneficial Owner of, or to beneficially own, (x) securities
         tendered pursuant to a tender or exchange offer made by or on behalf of
         such Person or any of such Person's Affiliates or Associates until such
         tendered securities are accepted for purchase, (y) securities which
         such Person has a right to acquire on the exercise of Rights at any
         time prior to the time a Person becomes an Acquiring Person or (z)
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         securities issuable upon exercise of Rights from and after the time a
         Person becomes an Acquiring Person if such Rights were acquired by such
         Person or any of such Person's Affiliates or Associates prior to the
         Distribution Date or pursuant to Section 3(a) or Section 22 hereof
         ("original Rights") or pursuant to Section 11(i) or Section 11(n) with
         respect to an adjustment to original Rights; or (B) the right to vote
         pursuant to any agreement, arrangement or understanding; provided,
         however, that a Person shall not be deemed the Beneficial Owner of, or
         to beneficially own, any security by reason of such agreement,
         arrangement or understanding if the agreement, arrangement or
         understanding to vote such security (1) arises solely from a revocable
         proxy or consent given to such Person in response to a public proxy or
         consent solicitation made pursuant to, and in accordance with, the
         applicable rules and regulations promulgated under the Exchange Act and
         (2) is not also then reportable on Schedule 13D under the Exchange Act
         (or any comparable or successor report); or

                  (iii) which are beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by
         any other Person with which such Person or any of such Person's
         Affiliates or Associates has any agreement, arrangement or
         understanding (other than customary agreements with and between
         underwriters and selling group members with respect to a bona fide
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                  public offering of securities) for the purpose of acquiring,
                  holding, voting (except to the extent contemplated by the
                  proviso to Section 1(c)(ii)(B)) or disposing of any securities
                  of the Company.

                  (e) "Business Day" shall mean any day other than a Saturday, a
         Sunday, or a day on which banking institutions in the State of New
         York, or the State in which the principal office of the Rights Agent is
         located, are authorized or obligated by law or executive order to
         close.

                  (f) "close of business" on any given date shall mean 5:00
         P.M., New York City time, on such date; provided, however, that if such
         date is not a Business Day it shall mean 5:00 P.M., New York City time,
         on the next succeeding Business Day.

                  (g) "Common Stock" when used with reference to the Company
         shall mean the common stock, presently par value $.01 per share, of the
         Company. "Common Stock" when used with reference to any Person other
         than the Company shall mean the capital stock (or, in the case of an
         unincorporated entity, the equivalent equity interest) with the
         greatest voting power of such other Person or, if such other Person
         is a subsidiary of another Person, the Person or Persons which
         ultimately control such first-mentioned Person.

                  (h) "Distribution Date" shall have the meaning set forth in
         Section 3 hereof.

                  (i) "Exempt Person" shall mean the Company, any Subsidiary (as
         such term is hereinafter defined) of the
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         Company, any employee benefit plan of the Company or of any Subsidiary
         of the Company, or any entity or trustee holding Common Stock for or
         pursuant to the terms of any such plan or for the purpose of funding
         any such plan or funding other employee benefits for employees of the
         Company or of any Subsidiary of the Company.

                  (j) "Final Expiration Date" shall have the meaning set forth
         in Section 7 hereof.

                  (k) "New York Stock Exchange" shall mean the New York Stock
         Exchange, Inc.

                  (l) "Person" shall mean any individual, firm, corporation or
         other entity, and shall include any successor (by merger or otherwise)
         of such entity.

                  (m) "Preferred Stock" shall mean the Series B Junior
         Participating Preferred Stock, par value $.01 per share, of the Company
         having the rights and preferences set forth in the Form of Certificate
         of Amendment attached to this Agreement as Exhibit A.

                  (n) "Redemption Date" shall have the meaning set forth in
         Section 7 hereof.

                  (o) "Securities Act" shall mean the Securities Act of 1933, as
         amended.

                  (p) "Stock Acquisition Date" shall mean the first date of
         public announcement (which for purposes of this definition, shall
         include, without limitation, a report filed pursuant to Section 13(d)
         of the Exchange Act) by the Company or an Acquiring Person that an
         Acquiring Person has
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         become such or such earlier date as a majority of the Board of
         Directors shall become aware of the existence of an Acquiring Person.

                  (q) "Subsidiary" of any Person shall mean any corporation or
         other entity of which securities or other ownership interests having
         ordinary voting power sufficient to elect a majority of the board of
         directors or other persons performing similar functions are
         beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by such Person, and any
         corporation or other entity that is otherwise controlled by such
         Person.

                  Section 2. Appointment of Rights Agent. The Company hereby
appoints the Rights Agent to act as agent for the Company and the holders of the
Rights (who, in accordance with Section 3 hereof, shall prior to the
Distribution Date also be the holders of Common Stock) in accordance with the
terms and conditions hereof, and the Rights Agent hereby accepts such
appointment. The Company may from time to time appoint such co-Rights Agents as
it may deem necessary or desirable.

                  Section 3. Issue of Right Certificates. (a) Until the earlier
of (i) the tenth day after the Stock Acquisition Date or (ii) the tenth business
day (or such later date as may be determined by action of the Board of Directors
prior to such time as any Person becomes an Acquiring Person) after the date of
the commencement by any Person (other than an Exempt Person) of, or of the first
public announcement of the intention of such Person (other than an Exempt
Person) to commence, a tender or exchange offer the consummation of which would
result in any Person
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becoming the Beneficial Owner of shares of Common Stock aggregating 20% or more
of the Common Stock then outstanding (including any such date which is after the
date of this Agreement and prior to the issuance of the Rights; the earlier of
such dates being herein referred to as the "Distribution Date"), (x) the Rights
will be evidenced (subject to the provisions of Section 3(b) hereof) by the
certificates for Common Stock registered in the names of the holders thereof and
not by separate Right Certificates, and (y) the Rights will be transferable only
in connection with the transfer of Common Stock. As soon as practicable after
the Distribution Date, the Company will prepare and execute, the Rights Agent
will countersign, and the Company will send or cause to be sent (and the Rights
Agent will, if requested, send) by first-class, insured, postage-prepaid mail,
to each record holder of Common Stock as of the close of business on the
Distribution Date (other than any Acquiring Person or any Associate or Affiliate
of an Acquiring Person), at the address of such holder shown on the records of
the Company, a Right Certificate, in substantially the form of Exhibit B hereto
(a "Right Certificate"), evidencing one Right (subject to adjustment as provided
herein) for each share of Common Stock so held. As of the Distribution Date, the
Rights will be evidenced solely by such Right Certificates.

                  (b) On the Record Date, or as soon as practicable thereafter,
the Company will send a copy of a Summary of Rights to Purchase Shares of
Preferred Stock, in substantially the form of Exhibit C hereto (the "Summary of
Rights"), by first-class,
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postage-prepaid mail, to each record holder of Common Stock as of the close of
business on the Record Date (other than any Acquiring Person or any Associate or
Affiliate of any Acquiring Person), at the address of such holder shown on the
records of the Company. With respect to certificates for Common Stock
outstanding as of the Record Date, until the Distribution Date, the Rights will
be evidenced by such certificates registered in the names of the holders thereof
together with the Summary of Rights. Until the Distribution Date (or the earlier
of the Redemption Date or the Final Expiration Date), the surrender for transfer
of any certificate for Common Stock outstanding on the Record Date, with or
without a copy of the Summary of Rights, shall also constitute the transfer of
the Rights associated with the Common Stock represented thereby.

                  (c) Certificates issued for Common Stock (including, without
limitation, upon transfer of outstanding Common Stock, disposition of Common
Stock out of treasury stock or issuance or reissuance of Common Stock out of
authorized but unissued shares) after the Record Date but prior to the earliest
of the Distribution Date, the Redemption Date or the Final Expiration Date shall
have impressed on, printed on, written on or otherwise affixed to them the
following legend:

                  This certificate also evidences and entitles the holder hereof
                  to certain rights as set forth in a Rights Agreement between
                  Bowne & Co, Inc. and The Bank of New York, dated as of January
                  30, 1997 as the same may be amended from time to time (the
                  "Rights Agreement"), the terms of which are hereby
                  incorporated herein by reference and a copy of which is on
                  file at the principal executive offices of Bowne & Co., Inc.
                  Under
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                  certain circumstances, as set forth in the Rights Agreement,
                  such Rights will be evidenced by separate certificates and
                  will no longer be evidenced by this certificate. Bowne & Co.,
                  Inc. will mail to the holder of this certificate a copy of the
                  Rights Agreement without charge after receipt of a written
                  request therefor. Under certain circumstances, as set forth in
                  the Rights Agreement, Rights owned by or transferred to any
                  Person who becomes an Acquiring Person (as defined in the
                  Rights Agreement) and certain transferees thereof will become
                  null and void and will no longer be transferable.

With respect to such certificates containing the foregoing legend, until the
Distribution Date, the Rights associated with the Common Stock represented by
such certificates shall be evidenced by such certificates alone, and the
surrender for transfer of any such certificate, except as otherwise provided
herein, shall also constitute the transfer of the Rights associated with the
Common Stock represented thereby. In the event that the Company purchases or
otherwise acquires any Common Stock after the Record Date but prior to the
Distribution Date, any Rights associated with such Common Stock shall be deemed
cancelled and retired so that the Company shall not be entitled to exercise any
Rights associated with the Common Stock which are no longer outstanding.

                  Notwithstanding this paragraph (c), the omission of a legend
shall not affect the enforceability of any part of this Agreement or the rights
of any holder of the Rights.

                  Section 4. Form of Right Certificates. The Right Certificates
(and the forms of election to purchase shares and of assignment to be printed on
the reverse thereof) shall be substantially in the form set forth in Exhibit B
hereto and may
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have such marks of identification or designation and such legends, summaries or
endorsements printed thereon as the Company may deem appropriate and as are not
inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement, or as may be required to
comply with any applicable law or with any rule or regulation made pursuant
thereto or with any rule or regulation of the American Stock Exchange or of any
other stock exchange or automated quotation system on which the Rights may from
time to time be listed, or to conform to usage. Subject to the provisions of
Sections 11, 13 and 22 hereof, the Right Certificates shall entitle the holders
thereof to purchase such number of one one-thousandths of a share of Preferred
Stock as shall be set forth therein at the price per one one-thousandth of a
share of Preferred Stock set forth therein (the "Purchase Price"), but the
number of such one one-thousandths of a share of Preferred Stock and the
Purchase Price shall be subject to adjustment as provided herein.

                  Section 5. Countersignature and Registration. (a) The Right
Certificates shall be executed on behalf of the Company by the Chairman of the
Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer, the President, any of the Vice
Presidents, the Treasurer or the Controller of the Company, either manually or
by facsimile signature, shall have affixed thereto the Company's seal or a
facsimile thereof, and shall be attested by the Secretary or an Assistant
Secretary of the Company, either manually or by facsimile signature. The Right
Certificates shall be manually countersigned by the Rights Agent and shall not
be valid for any purpose unless
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countersigned. In case any officer of the Company who shall have signed any of
the Right Certifi cates shall cease to be such officer of the Company before
countersignature by the Rights Agent and issuance and delivery by the Company,
such Right Certificates, nevertheless, may be countersigned by the Rights Agent
and issued and delivered by the Company with the same force and effect as though
the Person who signed such Right Certificates had not ceased to be such officer
of the Company; and any Right Certificate may be signed on behalf of the Company
by any Person who, at the actual date of the execution of such Right
Certificate, shall be a proper officer of the Company to sign such Right
Certificate, although at the date of the execution of this Agreement any such
Person was not such an officer.

                  (b) Following the Distribution Date, the Rights Agent will
keep or cause to be kept, at an office or agency designated for such purpose,
books for registration and transfer of the Right Certificates issued hereunder.
Such books shall show the names and addresses of the respective holders of the
Right Certificates, the number of Rights evidenced on its face by each of the
Right Certificates and the date of each of the Right Certificates.

                  Section 6. Transfer, Split Up, Combination and Exchange of
Right Certificates; Mutilated, Destroyed, Lost or Stolen Right Certificates. (a)
Subject to the provisions of Sections 7(e), 11(a)(ii) and 14 hereof, at any time
after the close of business on the Distribution Date, and prior to the
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close of business on the earlier of the Redemption Date or the Final Expiration
Date, any Right Certificate or Right Certificates may be transferred, split up,
combined or exchanged for another Right Certificate or Right Certificates,
entitling the registered holder to purchase a like number of one one-thousandths
of a share of Preferred Stock as the Right Certificate or Right Certificates
surrendered then entitled such holder to purchase. Any registered holder
desiring to transfer, split up, combine or exchange any Right Certificate or
Right Certificates shall make such request in writing delivered to the Rights
Agent, and shall surrender the Right Certificate or Right Certificates to be
transferred, split up, combined or exchanged at the office or agency of the
Rights Agent designated for such purpose. Thereupon the Rights Agent shall
countersign and deliver to the Person entitled thereto a Right Certificate or
Right Certificates, as the case may be, as so requested. The Company may require
payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or governmental charge that may be
imposed in connection with any transfer, split up, combination or exchange of
Right Certificates.

                  (b) Subject to the provisions of Section 11(a)(ii) hereof, at
any time after the Distribution Date and prior to the close of business on the
earlier of the Redemption Date or the Final Expiration Date, upon receipt by the
Company and the Rights Agent of evidence reasonably satisfactory to them of the
loss, theft, destruction or mutilation of a Right Certificate, and, in case of
loss, theft or destruction, of indemnity or security
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reasonably satisfactory to them, and, at the Company's request, reimbursement to
the Company and the Rights Agent of all reasonable expenses incidental thereto,
and upon surrender to the Rights Agent and cancellation of the Right Certificate
if mutilated, the Company will make and deliver a new Right Certificate of like
tenor to the Rights Agent for delivery to the registered holder in lieu of the
Right Certificate so lost, stolen, destroyed or mutilated.

                  Section 7. Exercise of Rights, Purchase Price; Expiration Date
of Rights. (a) Except as otherwise provided herein, the Rights shall become
exercisable on the Distribution Date, and thereafter the registered holder of
any Right Certificate may, subject to Section 11(a)(ii) hereof and except as
otherwise provided herein, exercise the Rights evidenced thereby in whole or in
part upon surrender of the Right Certificate, with the form of election to
purchase on the reverse side thereof duly executed, to the Rights Agent at the
office or agency of the Rights Agent designated for such purpose, together with
payment of the Purchase Price for each one one-thousandth of a share of
Preferred Stock as to which the Rights are exercised, at any time which is both
after the Distribution Date and prior to the earliest of (i) the close of
business on January 30, 2007 (the "Final Expiration Date"), (ii) the time at
which the Rights are redeemed as provided in Section 23 hereof (the "Redemption
Date") or (iii) the time at which such Rights are exchanged as provided in
Section 24 hereof.
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                  (b) The Purchase Price shall be initially $125 for each one
one-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock purchasable upon the exercise of a
Right. The Purchase Price and the number of one one-thousandths of a share of
Preferred Stock or other securities or property to be acquired upon exercise of
a Right shall be subject to adjustment from time to time as provided in Sections
11 and 13 hereof and shall be payable in lawful money of the United States of
America in accordance with paragraph (c) of this Section 7.

                  (c) Except as otherwise provided herein, upon receipt of a
Right Certificate representing exercisable Rights, with the form of election to
purchase duly executed, accompanied by payment of the aggregate Purchase Price
for the shares of Preferred Stock to be purchased and an amount equal to any
applicable transfer tax required to be paid by the holder of such Right
Certificate in accordance with Section 9 hereof, in cash or by certified check,
cashier's check or money order payable to the order of the Company, the Rights
Agent shall thereupon promptly (i) (A) requisition from any transfer agent of
the Preferred Stock certificates for the number of shares of Preferred Stock to
be purchased and the Company hereby irrevocably authorizes its transfer agent to
comply with all such requests, or (B) requisition from the depositary agent
depositary receipts representing interests in such number of one one-thousandths
of a share of Preferred Stock as are to be purchased (in which case certificates
for the Preferred Stock represented by such receipts shall be deposited by the
transfer agent with the depositary
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agent) and the Company hereby directs the depositary agent to comply with such
request, (ii) when appropriate, requisition from the Company the amount of cash
to be paid in lieu of issuance of fractional shares in accordance with Section
14 hereof, (iii) promptly after receipt of such certificates or depositary
receipts, cause the same to be delivered to or upon the order of the registered
holder of such Right Certificate, registered in such name or names as may be
designated by such holder and (iv) when appropriate, after receipt, promptly
deliver such cash to or upon the order of the registered holder of such Right
Certificate.

                  (d) Except as otherwise provided herein, in case the
registered holder of any Right Certificate shall exercise less than all the
Rights evidenced thereby, a new Right Certificate evidencing Rights equivalent
to the exercisable Rights remaining unexercised shall be issued by the Rights
Agent to the registered holder of such Right Certificate or to his duly
authorized assigns, subject to the provisions of Section 14 hereof.

                  (e) Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the
contrary, neither the Rights Agent nor the Company shall be obligated to
undertake any action with respect to a registered holder of Rights upon the
occurrence of any purported transfer or exercise of Rights pursuant to Section 6
hereof or this Section 7 unless such registered holder shall have (i) completed
and signed the certificate contained in the form of assignment or election to
purchase set forth on the reverse side of the Right Certificate surrendered for
such transfer or exercise and (ii)
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provided such additional evidence of the identity of the Beneficial Owner (or
former Beneficial Owner) thereof as the Company shall reasonably request.

                  Section 8. Cancellation and Destruction of Right Certificates.
All Right Certificates surrendered for the purpose of exercise, transfer, split
up, combination or exchange shall, if surrendered to the Company or to any of
its agents, be delivered to the Rights Agent for cancellation or in cancelled
form, or, if surrendered to the Rights Agent, shall be cancelled by it, and no
Right Certificates shall be issued in lieu thereof except as expressly permitted
by any of the provisions of this Agreement. The Company shall deliver to the
Rights Agent for cancellation and retirement, and the Rights Agent shall so
cancel and retire, any other Right Certificate purchased or acquired by the
Company otherwise than upon the exercise thereof. The Rights Agent shall deliver
all cancelled Right Certificates to the Company, or shall, at the written
request of the Company, destroy such cancelled Right Certificates, and in such
case shall deliver a certificate of destruction thereof to the Company.

                  Section 9.  Availability of Shares of Preferred Stock.

                  (a) The Company covenants and agrees that it will cause to be
reserved and kept available out of its authorized and unissued shares of
Preferred Stock or any shares of Preferred Stock held in its treasury, the
number of shares of Preferred Stock that will be sufficient to permit the
exercise in full of all outstanding Rights.
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                  (b) So long as the shares of Preferred Stock (and, following
the time that a Person becomes an Acquiring Person, shares of Common Stock and
other securities) issuable upon the exercise of Rights may be listed or admitted
to trading on the American Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange or listed
on any other national securities exchange or quotation system, the Company shall
use its best efforts to cause, from and after such time as the Rights become
exercisable, all shares reserved for such issuance to be listed or admitted to
trading on the American Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange or listed on any
other exchange or quotation system upon official notice of issuance upon such
exercise.

                  (c) From and after such time as the Rights become exercisable,
the Company shall use its best efforts, if then necessary to permit the issuance
of shares of Preferred Stock (and following the time that a Person first becomes
an Acquiring Person, shares of Common Stock and other securities) upon the
exercise of Rights, to register and qualify such shares of Preferred Stock (and
following the time that a Person first becomes an Acquiring Person, shares of
Common Stock and other securities) under the Securities Act and any applicable
state securities or "Blue Sky" laws (to the extent exemptions therefrom are not
available), cause such registration statement and qualifications to become
effective as soon as possible after such filing and keep such registration and
qualifications effective until the earlier of the date as of which the Rights
are no longer exercisable for such securities and the Final Expiration
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Date. The Company may temporarily suspend, for a period of time not to exceed 90
days, the exercisability of the Rights in order to prepare and file a
registration statement under the Securities Act and permit it to become
effective. Upon any such suspension, the Company shall issue a public
announcement stating that the exercisability of the Rights has been temporarily
suspended, as well as a public announcement at such time as the suspension is no
longer in effect. Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the
contrary, the Rights shall not be exercisable in any jurisdiction unless the
requisite qualification in such jurisdiction shall have been obtained and until
a registration statement under the Securities Act (if required) shall have been
declared effective.

                  (d) The Company covenants and agrees that it will take all
such action as may be necessary to ensure that all shares of Preferred Stock
(and, following the time that a Person becomes an Acquiring Person, shares of
Common Stock and other securities) delivered upon exercise of Rights shall, at
the time of delivery of the certificates therefor (subject to payment of the
Purchase Price), be duly and validly authorized and issued and fully paid and
nonassessable shares.

                  (e) The Company further covenants and agrees that it will pay
when due and payable any and all federal and state transfer taxes and charges
which may be payable in respect of the issuance or delivery of the Right
Certificates or of any shares of Preferred Stock (or shares of Common Stock or
other securities) upon the exercise of Rights. The Company shall not,
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however, be required to pay any transfer tax which may be payable in respect of
any transfer or delivery of Right Certificates to a Person other than, or the
issuance or delivery of certificates or depositary receipts for the Preferred
Stock (or shares of Common Stock or other securities) in a name other than that
of, the registered holder of the Right Certificate evidencing Rights surrendered
for exercise or to issue or deliver any certificates or depositary receipts for
Preferred Stock (or shares of Common Stock or other securities) upon the
exercise of any Rights until any such tax shall have been paid (any such tax
being payable by that holder of such Right Certificate at the time of surrender)
or until it has been established to the Company's reasonable satisfaction that
no such tax is due.

                  Section 10. Preferred Stock Record Date. Each Person in whose
name any certificate for Preferred Stock is issued upon the exercise of Rights
shall for all purposes be deemed to have become the holder of record of the
shares of Preferred Stock represented thereby on, and such certificate shall be
dated, the date upon which the Right Certificate evidencing such Rights was duly
surrendered and payment of the Purchase Price (and any applicable transfer
taxes) was made; provided, however, that if the date of such surrender and
payment is a date upon which the Preferred Stock transfer books of the Company
are closed, such Person shall be deemed to have become the record holder of such
shares on, and such certificate shall be dated, the next succeeding Business Day
on which the Preferred Stock transfer books of the Company are open. Prior to
the exercise of the
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Rights evidenced thereby, the holder of a Right Certificate shall not be
entitled to any rights of a holder of Preferred Stock for which the Rights shall
be exercisable, including, without limitation, the right to vote or to receive
dividends or other distributions, and shall not be entitled to receive any
notice of any proceedings of the Company, except as provided herein.

                  Section 11. Adjustment of Purchase Price, Number of Shares and
Number of Rights. The Purchase Price, the number of shares of Preferred Stock or
other securities or property purchasable upon exercise of each Right and the
number of Rights outstanding are subject to adjustment from time to time as
provided in this Section 11.

                  (a) (i) In the event the Company shall at any time after the
                  date of this Agreement (A) declare a dividend on the Preferred
                  Stock payable in shares of Preferred Stock, (B) subdivide the
                  outstanding Preferred Stock, (C) combine the outstanding
                  Preferred Stock into a smaller number of Preferred Stock or
                  (D) issue any shares of its capital stock in a
                  reclassification of the Preferred Stock (including any such
                  reclassification in connection with a consolidation or merger
                  in which the Company is the continuing or surviving
                  corporation), except as otherwise provided in this Section
                  11(a), the Purchase Price in effect at the time of the record
                  date for such dividend or of the effective date of such
                  subdivision, combination or reclassification, and the number
                  and kind of shares of
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                  capital stock issuable on such date, shall be proportionately
                  adjusted so that the holder of any Right exercised after such
                  time shall be entitled to receive the aggregate number and
                  kind of shares of capital stock which, if such Right had been
                  exercised immediately prior to such date and at a time when
                  the Preferred Stock transfer books of the Company were open,
                  the holder would have owned upon such exercise and been
                  entitled to receive by virtue of such dividend, subdivision,
                  combination or reclassification; provided, however, that in no
                  event shall the consideration to be paid upon the exercise of
                  one Right be less than the aggregate par value of the shares
                  of capital stock of the Company issuable upon exercise of one
                  Right.

                           (ii) Subject to Section 24 of this Agreement and
                  except as otherwise provided in this Section 11(a)(ii), in the
                  event any Person becomes an Acquiring Person, each holder of a
                  Right shall thereafter have the right to receive, upon
                  exercise thereof at a price equal to the then current Purchase
                  Price multiplied by the number of one one-thousandths of a
                  share of Preferred Stock for which a Right is then
                  exercisable, in accordance with the terms of this Agreement
                  and in lieu of shares of Preferred Stock, such number of
                  shares of Common Stock (or at the option of the Company, such
                  number of one one-thousandths of shares of Preferred
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                  Stock) as shall equal the result obtained by (x) multiplying
                  the then current Purchase Price by the number of one
                  one-thousandths of a share of Preferred Stock for which a
                  Right is then exercisable and dividing that product by (y) 50%
                  of the then current per share market price of the Company's
                  Common Stock (determined pursuant to Section 11(d) hereof) on
                  the date of the occurrence of such event; provided, however,
                  that the Purchase Price and the number of shares of Common
                  Stock so receivable upon exercise of a Right shall thereafter
                  be subject to further adjustment as appropriate in accordance
                  with Section 11(f) hereof. Notwithstanding anything in this
                  Agreement to the contrary, however, from and after the time
                  (the "invalidation time") when any Person first becomes an
                  Acquiring Person, any Rights that are beneficially owned by
                  (x) any Acquiring Person (or any Affiliate or Associate of any
                  Acquiring Person), (y) a transferee of any Acquiring Person
                  (or any such Affiliate or Associate) who becomes a transferee
                  after the invalidation time or (z) a transferee of any
                  Acquiring Person (or any such Affiliate or Associate) who
                  became a transferee prior to or concurrently with the
                  invalidation time pursuant to either (I) a transfer from the
                  Acquiring Person to holders of its equity securities or to any
                  Person with whom it has any continuing agreement, arrangement
                  or understanding
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                  regarding the transferred Rights or (II) a transfer which the
                  Board of Directors has determined is part of a plan,
                  arrangement or understanding which has the purpose or effect
                  of avoiding the provisions of this paragraph, and subsequent
                  transferees of such Persons, shall be void without any further
                  action and any holder of such Rights shall thereafter have no
                  rights whatsoever with respect to such Rights under any
                  provision of this Agreement. The Company shall use all
                  reasonable efforts to ensure that the provisions of this
                  Section 11(a)(ii) are complied with, but shall have no
                  liability to any holder of Right Certificates or other Person
                  as a result of its failure to make any determinations with
                  respect to an Acquiring Person or its Affiliates, Associates
                  or transferees hereunder. From and after the invalidation
                  time, no Right Certificate shall be issued pursuant to Section
                  3 or Section 6 hereof that represents Rights that are or have
                  become void pursuant to the provisions of this paragraph, and
                  any Right Certificate delivered to the Rights Agent that
                  represents Rights that are or have become void pursuant to the
                  provisions of this paragraph shall be cancelled. From and
                  after the occurrence of an event specified in Section 13(a)
                  hereof, any Rights that theretofore have not been exercised
                  pursuant to this Section 11(a)(ii) shall
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                  thereafter be exercisable only in accordance with Section 13
                  and not pursuant to this Section 11(a)(ii).

                           (iii) The Company may at its option substitute for a
                  share of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of Rights in
                  accordance with the foregoing subparagraph (ii) such number or
                  fractions of shares of Preferred Stock having an aggregate
                  current market value equal to the current per share market
                  price of a share of Common Stock. In the event that there
                  shall not be sufficient shares of Common Stock issued but not
                  outstanding or authorized but unissued to permit the exercise
                  in full of the Rights in accordance with the foregoing
                  subparagraph (ii), the Board of Directors shall, to the extent
                  permitted by applicable law and any material agreements then
                  in effect to which the Company is a party (A) determine the
                  excess of (1) the value of the shares of Common Stock issuable
                  upon the exercise of a Right in accordance with the foregoing
                  subparagraph (ii) (the "Current Value") over (2) the then
                  current Purchase Price multiplied by the number of one one-
                  thousandths of shares of Preferred Stock for which a Right was
                  exercisable immediately prior to the time that the Acquiring
                  Person became such (such excess, the "Spread"), and (B) with
                  respect to each Right (other than Rights which have become
                  void pursuant to Section 11(a)(ii)), make adequate provision
                  to substitute for the shares of Common Stock issuable in
                  accordance with
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                  subparagraph (ii) upon exercise of the Right and payment of
                  the applicable Purchase Price, (1) cash, (2) a reduction in
                  the Purchase Price, (3) shares of Preferred Stock or other
                  equity securities of the Company (including, without
                  limitation, shares or fractions of shares of preferred stock
                  which, by virtue of having dividend, voting and liquidation
                  rights substantially comparable to those of the shares of
                  Common Stock, are deemed in good faith by the Board of
                  Directors to have substantially the same value as the shares
                  of Common Stock (such shares of Preferred Stock and shares or
                  fractions of shares of preferred stock are hereinafter
                  referred to as "Common Stock equivalents"), (4) debt
                  securities of the Company, (5) other assets, or (6) any
                  combination of the foregoing, having a value which, when added
                  to the value of the shares of Common Stock actually issued
                  upon exercise of such Right, shall have an aggregate value
                  equal to the Current Value (less the amount of any reduction
                  in the Purchase Price), where such aggregate value has been
                  determined by the Board of Directors upon the advice of a
                  nationally recognized investment banking firm selected in good
                  faith by the Board of Directors; provided, however, if the
                  Company shall not make adequate provision to deliver value
                  pursuant to clause (B) above within thirty (30) days following
                  the date that the Acquiring Person became such (the "Section
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                  11(a)(ii) Trigger Date"), then the Company shall be obligated
                  to deliver, to the extent permitted by applicable law and any
                  material agreements then in effect to which the Company is a
                  party, upon the surrender for exercise of a Right and without
                  requiring payment of the Purchase Price, shares of Common
                  Stock (to the extent available), and then, if necessary, such
                  number or fractions of shares of Preferred Stock (to the
                  extent available) and then, if necessary, cash, which shares
                  and/or cash have an aggregate value equal to the Spread. If,
                  upon the date any Person becomes an Acquiring Person, the
                  Board of Directors shall determine in good faith that it is
                  likely that sufficient additional shares of Common Stock could
                  be authorized for issuance upon exercise in full of the
                  Rights, then, if the Board of Directors so elects, the thirty
                  (30) day period set forth above may be extended to the extent
                  necessary, but not more than ninety (90) days after the
                  Section 11(a)(ii) Trigger Date, in order that the Company may
                  seek stockholder approval for the authorization of such
                  additional shares (such thirty (30) day period, as it may be
                  extended, is herein called the "Substitution Period"). To the
                  extent that the Company determines that some action need be
                  taken pursuant to the second and/or third sentence of this
                  Section 11(a)(iii), the Company (x) shall provide, subject to
                  Section 11(a)(ii) hereof and the last
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                  sentence of this Section 11(a)(iii) hereof, that such action
                  shall apply uniformly to all outstanding Rights and (y) may
                  suspend the exercisability of the Rights until the expiration
                  of the Substitution Period in order to seek any authorization
                  of additional shares and/or to decide the appropriate form of
                  distribution to be made pursuant to such second sentence and
                  to determine the value thereof. In the event of any such
                  suspension, the Company shall issue a public announcement
                  stating that the exercisability of the Rights has been
                  temporarily suspended, as well as a public announcement at
                  such time as the suspension is no longer in effect. For
                  purposes of this Section 11(a)(iii), the value of the shares
                  of Common Stock shall be the current per share market price
                  (as determined pursuant to Section 11(d)(i)) on the Section
                  11(a)(ii) Trigger Date and the per share or fractional value
                  of any "Common Stock equivalent" shall be deemed to equal the
                  current per share market price of the Common Stock. The Board
                  of Directors of the Company may, but shall not be required to,
                  establish procedures to allocate the right to receive shares
                  of Common Stock
                  upon the exercise of the Rights among holders of Rights
                  pursuant to this Section 11(a)(iii).

                  (b)   In case the Company shall fix a record date for
         the issuance of rights, options or warrants to all holders of Preferred
         Stock entitling them (for a period expiring
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                  within 45 calendar days after such record date) to subscribe
                  for or purchase Preferred Stock (or shares having the same
                  rights, privileges and preferences as the Preferred Stock
                  ("equivalent preferred shares")) or securities convertible
                  into Preferred Stock or equivalent preferred shares at a price
                  per share of Preferred Stock or equivalent preferred shares
                  (or having a conversion price per share, if a security
                  convertible into shares of Preferred Stock or equivalent
                  preferred shares) less than the then current per share market
                  price of the Preferred Stock (determined pursuant to Section
                  11(d) hereof) on such record date, the Purchase Price to be in
                  effect after such record date shall be determined by
                  multiplying the Purchase Price in effect immediately prior to
                  such record date by a fraction, the numerator of which shall
                  be the number of shares of Preferred Stock and equivalent
                  preferred shares outstanding on such record date plus the
                  number of shares of Preferred Stock and equivalent preferred
                  shares which the aggregate offering price of the total number
                  of shares of Preferred Stock and/or equivalent preferred
                  shares so to be offered (and/or the aggregate initial
                  conversion price of the convertible securities so to be 
                  offered) would purchase at such current market price, and the
                  denominator of which shall be the number of shares of
                  Preferred Stock and equivalent preferred shares outstanding on
                  such record date plus the number of additional shares of
                  Preferred Stock and/or equivalent preferred shares to be
                  offered for subscription
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                  or purchase (or into which the convertible securities so to be
                  offered are initially convertible); provided, however, that in
                  no event shall the consideration to be paid upon the exercise
                  of one Right be less than the aggregate par value of the
                  shares of capital stock of the Company issuable upon exercise
                  of one Right. In case such subscription price may be paid in a
                  consideration part or all of which shall be in a form other
                  than cash, the value of such consideration shall be as
                  determined in good faith by the Board of Directors of the
                  Company, whose determination shall be described in a statement
                  filed with the Rights Agent. Shares of Preferred Stock and
                  equivalent preferred shares owned by or held for the account
                  of the Company shall not be deemed outstanding for the purpose
                  of any such computation. Such adjustment shall be made
                  successively whenever such a record date is fixed; and in the
                  event that such rights, options or warrants are not so issued,
                  the Purchase Price shall be adjusted to be the Purchase Price
                  which would then be in effect if such record date had not been
                  fixed.

                  (c) In case the Company shall fix a record date for the making
         of a distribution to all holders of the Preferred Stock (including any
         such distribution made in connection with a consolidation or merger in
         which the Company is the continuing or surviving corporation) of
         evidences of indebtedness or assets (other than a regular quarterly
         cash dividend or a dividend payable in Preferred Stock) or subscription
         rights or warrants (excluding those referred to
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         in Section 11(b) hereof), the Purchase Price to be in effect after such
         record date shall be determined by multiplying the Purchase Price in
         effect immediately prior to such record date by a fraction, the
         numerator of which shall be the then current per share market price of
         the Preferred Stock (determined pursuant to Section 11(d) hereof) on
         such record date, less the fair market value (as determined in good
         faith by the Board of Directors of the Company whose determination
         shall be described in a statement filed with the Rights Agent) of the
         portion of the assets or evidences of indebtedness so to be distributed
         or of such subscription rights or warrants applicable to one share of
         Preferred Stock, and the denominator of which shall be such current per
         share market price (determined pursuant to Section 11(d) hereof) of the
         Preferred Stock; provided, however, that in no event shall the
         consideration to be paid upon the exercise of one Right be less than
         the aggregate par value of the shares of capital stock of the Company
         to be issued upon exercise of one Right. Such adjustments shall be made
         successively whenever such a record date is fixed; and in the event
         that such distribution is not so made, the Purchase Price shall again
         be adjusted to be the Purchase Price which would then be in effect if
         such record date had not been fixed.

                  (d) (i) Except as otherwise provided herein, for the purpose
         of any computation hereunder, the "current per share market price" of
         any security (a "Security" for the purpose
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         of this Section 11(d)(i)) on any date shall be deemed to be the average
         of the daily closing prices per share of such Security for the 30
         consecutive Trading Days (as such term is hereinafter defined)
         immediately prior to such date; provided, however, that in the event
         that the current per share market price of the Security is determined
         during a period following the announcement by the issuer of such
         Security of (A) a dividend or distribution on such Security payable in
         shares of such Security or securities convertible into such shares, or
         (B) any subdivision, combination or reclassification of such Security,
         and prior to the expiration of 30 Trading Days after the ex-dividend
         date for such dividend or distribution, or the record date for such
         subdivision, combination or reclassification, then, and in each such
         case, the current per share market price shall be appropriately
         adjusted to reflect the current market price per share equivalent of
         such Security. The closing price for each day shall be the last sale
         price, regular way, or, in case no such sale takes place on such day,
         the average of the closing bid and asked prices, regular way, in either
         case as reported by the principal consolidated transaction reporting
         system with respect to securities listed or admitted to trading on the
         American Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange or, if the Security is
         not listed or admitted to trading on the American Stock Exchange, New
         York Stock Exchange, as reported in the principal consolidated
         transaction reporting system with respect to securities
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         listed on the principal national securities exchange on which the
         Security is listed or admitted to trading or, if the Security is not
         listed or admitted to trading on any national securities exchange, the
         last quoted price or, if not so quoted, the average of the high bid and
         low asked prices in the over-the-counter market, as reported by NASDAQ
         or such other system then in use, or, if on any such date the Security
         is not quoted by any such organization, the average of the closing bid
         and asked prices as furnished by a professional market maker making a
         market in the Security selected by the Board of Directors of the
         Company. The term "Trading Day" shall mean a day on which the principal
         national securities exchange on which the Security is listed or
         admitted to trading is open for the transaction of business or, if the
         Security is not listed or admitted to trading on any national
         securities exchange, a Business Day.

                  (ii) For the purpose of any computation hereunder, if the
         Preferred Stock is publicly traded, the "current per share market
         price" of the Preferred Stock shall be determined in accordance with
         the method set forth in Section 11(d)(i). If the Preferred Stock is not
         publicly traded but the Common Stock is publicly traded, the "current
         per share market price" of the Preferred Stock shall be conclusively
         deemed to be the current per share market price of the Common Stock as
         determined pursuant to Section 11(d)(i) multiplied by one thousand
         (appropriately adjusted to reflect any stock split, stock dividend or
         similar
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         transaction occurring after the date hereof). If neither the Common
         Stock nor the Preferred Stock is publicly traded, "current per share
         market price" shall mean the fair value per share as determined in good
         faith by the Board of Directors of the Company, whose determination
         shall be described in a statement filed with the Rights Agent.

                  (e) No adjustment in the Purchase Price shall be required
         unless such adjustment would require an increase or decrease of at
         least 1% in the Purchase Price; provided, however, that any adjustments
         which by reason of this Section 11(e) are not required to be made shall
         be carried forward and taken into account in any subsequent adjustment.
         All calculations under this Section 11 shall be made to the nearest
         cent or to the nearest one ten-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock
         or share of Common Stock or other share or security as the case may be.
         Notwithstanding the first sentence of this Section 11(e), any
         adjustment required by this Section 11 shall be made no later than the
         earlier of (i) three years from the date of the transaction which
         requires such adjustment or (ii) the date of the expiration of the
         right to exercise any Rights.

                  (f) If as a result of an adjustment made pursuant to Section
         11(a) hereof, the holder of any Right thereafter exercised shall become
         entitled to receive any shares of capital stock of the Company other
         than the Preferred Stock, thereafter the Purchase Price and the number
         of such other shares so receivable upon exercise of a Right shall be
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         subject to adjustment from time to time in a manner and on terms as
         nearly equivalent as practicable to the provisions with respect to the
         Preferred Stock contained in Sections 11(a), 11(b), 11(c), 11(e),
         11(h), 11(i) and 11(m), and the provisions of Sections 7, 9, 10, 13 and
         14 hereof with respect to the Preferred Stock shall apply on like terms
         to any such other shares.

                  (g) All Rights originally issued by the Company subsequent to
         any adjustment made to the Purchase Price hereunder shall evidence the
         right to purchase, at the adjusted Purchase Price, the number of one
         one-thousandths of a share of Preferred Stock purchasable from time to
         time hereunder upon exercise of the Rights, all subject to further
         adjustment as provided herein.

                  (h) Unless the Company shall have exercised its election as
         provided in Section 11(i), upon each adjustment of the Purchase Price
         as a result of the calculations made in Sections 11(b) and (c), each
         Right outstanding immediately prior to the making of such adjustment
         shall thereafter evidence the right to purchase, at the adjusted
         Purchase Price, that number of one one-thousandths of a share of
         Preferred Stock (calculated to the nearest one ten-thousandth of a
         share of Preferred Stock) obtained by (i) multiplying (x) the number of
         one one-thousandths of a share covered by a Right immediately prior to
         such adjustment by (y) the Purchase Price in effect immediately prior
         to such adjustment of the Purchase Price and (ii) dividing the
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         product so obtained by the Purchase Price in effect immediately after
         such adjustment of the Purchase Price.

                  (i) The Company may elect on or after the date of any
         adjustment of the Purchase Price to adjust the number of Rights, in
         substitution for any adjustment in the number of one one-thousandths of
         a share of Preferred Stock purchasable upon the exercise of a Right.
         Each of the Rights outstanding after such adjustment of the number of
         Rights shall be exercisable for the number of one one-thousandths of a
         share of Preferred Stock for which a Right was exercisable immediately
         prior to such adjustment. Each Right held of record prior to such
         adjustment of the number of Rights shall become that number of Rights
         (calculated to the nearest one ten-thousandth) obtained by dividing the
         Purchase Price in effect immediately prior to adjustment of the
         Purchase Price by the Purchase Price in effect immediately after
         adjustment of the Purchase Price. The Company shall make a public
         announcement of its election to adjust the number of Rights, indicating
         the record date for the adjustment, and, if known at the time, the
         amount of the adjustment to be made. This record date may be the date
         on which the Purchase Price is adjusted or any day thereafter, but, if
         the Right Certificates have been issued, shall be at least 10 days
         later than the date of the public announcement. If Right Certificates
         have been issued, upon each adjustment of the number of Rights pursuant
         to this Section 11(i), the Company may, as promptly as practicable,
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         cause to be distributed to holders of record of Right Certificates on
         such record date Right Certificates evidencing, subject to Section 14
         hereof, the additional Rights to which such holders shall be entitled
         as a result of such adjustment, or, at the option of the Company, shall
         cause to be distributed to such holders of record in substitution and
         replacement for the Right Certificates held by such holders prior to
         the date of adjustment, and upon surrender thereof, if required by the
         Company, new Right Certificates evidencing all the Rights to which such
         holders shall be entitled after such adjustment. Right Certificates so
         to be distributed shall be issued, executed and countersigned in the
         manner provided for herein and shall be registered in the names of the
         holders of record of Right Certificates on the record date specified in
         the public announcement.

                  (j) Irrespective of any adjustment or change in the Purchase
         Price or the number of one one-thousandths of a share of Preferred
         Stock issuable upon the exercise of the Rights, the Right Certificates
         theretofore and thereafter issued may continue to express the Purchase
         Price and the number of one one-thousandths of a share of Preferred
         Stock which were expressed in the initial Right Certificates issued
         hereunder.

                  (k) Before taking any action that would cause an adjustment
         reducing the Purchase Price below the then par value, if any, of the
         Preferred Stock or other shares of
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         capital stock issuable upon exercise of the Rights, the Company shall
         take any corporate action which may, in the opinion of its counsel, be
         necessary in order that the Company may validly and legally issue fully
         paid and nonassessable shares of Preferred Stock or other such shares
         at such adjusted Purchase Price.

                  (l) In any case in which this Section 11 shall require that an
         adjustment in the Purchase Price be made effective as of a record date
         for a specified event, the Company may elect to defer until the
         occurrence of such event the issuing to the holder of any Right
         exercised after such record date of the Preferred Stock and other
         capital stock or securities of the Company, if any, issuable upon such
         exercise over and above the Preferred Stock and other capital stock or
         securities of the Company, if any, issuable upon such exercise on the
         basis of the Purchase Price in effect prior to such adjustment;
         provided, however, that the Company shall deliver to such holder a due
         bill or other appropriate instrument evidencing such holder's right to
         receive such additional shares upon the occurrence of the event
         requiring such adjustment.

                  (m) Anything in this Section 11 to the contrary
         notwithstanding, the Company shall be entitled to make such reductions
         in the Purchase Price, in addition to those adjustments expressly
         required by this Section 11, as and to the extent that it in its sole
         discretion shall determine to be advisable in order that any
         consolidation or subdivision
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         of the Preferred Stock, issuance wholly for cash of any shares of
         Preferred Stock at less than the current market price, issuance wholly
         for cash or Preferred Stock or securities which by their terms are
         convertible into or exchangeable for Preferred Stock, dividends on
         Preferred Stock payable in shares of Preferred Stock or issuance of
         rights, options or warrants referred to hereinabove in Section 11(b),
         hereafter made by the Company to holders of its Preferred Stock shall
         not be taxable to such shareholders.

                  (n) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary
         notwithstanding, in the event that at any time after the date of this
         Agreement and prior to the Distribution Date, the Company shall (i)
         declare or pay any dividend on the Common Stock payable in Common Stock
         or (ii) effect a subdivision, combination or consolidation of the
         Common Stock (by reclassification or otherwise than by payment of a
         dividend payable in Common Stock) into a greater or lesser number of
         Common Stock, then in any such case, the number of Rights associated
         with each share of Common Stock then outstanding, or issued or
         delivered thereafter, shall be proportionately adjusted so that the
         number of Rights thereafter associated with each share of Common Stock
         following any such event shall equal the result obtained by multiplying
         the number of Rights associated with each share of Common Stock
         immediately prior to such event by a fraction the numerator of which
         shall be the total number of shares of Common Stock outstanding
         immediately prior to the occurrence of the event and the denominator of
         which shall be the total number of
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         shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately following the occurrence
         of such event.

                  (o) The Company agrees that, after the earlier of the
         Distribution Date or the Stock Acquisition Date, it will not, except as
         permitted by Sections 23, 24 or 27 hereof, take (or permit any
         Subsidiary to take) any action if at the time such action is taken it
         is reasonably foreseeable that such action will diminish substantially
         or eliminate the benefits intended to be afforded by the Rights.

                  Section 12. Certificate of Adjusted Purchase Price or Number
of Shares. Whenever an adjustment is made as provided in Section 11 or 13
hereof, the Company shall promptly (a) prepare a certificate setting forth such
adjustment, and a brief statement of the facts accounting for such adjustment,
(b) file with the Rights Agent and with each transfer agent for the Common Stock
or the Preferred Stock a copy of such certificate and (c) mail a brief summary
thereof to each holder of a Right Certificate in accordance with Section 25
hereof (if so required under Section 25 hereof). The Rights Agent shall be fully
protected in relying on any such certificate and on any adjustment therein
contained and shall not be deemed to have knowledge of any such adjustment
unless and until it shall have received such certificate.

                  Section 13. Consolidation, Merger or Sale or Transfer of
Assets or Earnings Power. (a) In the event, directly or indirectly, at any time
after any Person has become an Acquiring
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Person, (i) the Company shall merge with and into any other Person, (ii) any
Person shall consolidate with the Company, or any Person shall merge with and
into the Company and the Company shall be the continuing or surviving
corporation of such merger and, in connection with such merger, all or part of
the Common Stock shall be changed into or exchanged for stock or other
securities of any other Person (or of the Company) or cash or any other
property, or (iii) the Company shall sell or otherwise transfer (or one or more
of its Subsidiaries shall sell or otherwise transfer), in one or more
transactions, assets or earning power aggregating 50% or more of the assets or
earning power of the Company and its Subsidiaries (taken as a whole) to any
other Person (other than the Company or one or more of its wholly-owned
Subsidiaries), then upon the first occurrence of such event, proper provision
shall be made so that: (A) each holder of record of a Right (other than Rights
which have become void pursuant to Section 11(a)(ii)) shall thereafter have the
right to receive, upon the exercise thereof at a price equal to the then current
Purchase Price multiplied by the number of one one-thousandths of a share of
Preferred Stock for which a Right was exercisable (whether or not such Right was
then exercisable) immediately prior to the time that any Person first became an
Acquiring Person (each as subsequently adjusted thereafter pursuant to Sections
11(a)(i), 11(b), 11(c), 11(h), 11(i) and 11(m)), in accordance with the terms of
this Agreement and in lieu of Preferred Stock, such number of validly issued,
fully paid and non-assessable and freely tradeable shares of Common
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Stock of the Principal Party (as defined herein) not subject to any liens,
encumbrances, rights of first refusal or other adverse claims, as shall be equal
to the result obtained by (1) multiplying the then current Purchase Price by the
number of one one-thousandths of a share of Preferred Stock for which a Right
was exercisable immediately prior to the time that any Person first became an
Acquiring Person (as subsequently adjusted thereafter pursuant to Sections
11(a)(i), 11(b), 11(c), 11(h), 11(i) and 11(m)) and (2) dividing that product by
50% of the then current per share market price of the Common Stock of such
Principal Party (determined pursuant to Section 11(d)(i) hereof) on the date of
consummation of such consolidation, merger, sale or transfer; provided that the
Purchase Price and the number of shares of Common Stock of such Principal Party
issuable upon exercise of each Right shall be further adjusted as provided in
Section 11(f) of this Agreement to reflect any events occurring in respect of
such Principal Party after the date of the such consolidation, merger, sale or
transfer; (B) such Principal Party shall thereafter be liable for, and shall
assume, by virtue of such consolidation, merger, sale or transfer, all the
obligations and duties of the Company pursuant to this Agreement; (C) the term
"Company" shall thereafter be deemed to refer to such Principal Party; and (D)
such Principal Party shall take such steps (including, but not limited to, the
reservation of a sufficient number of its shares of Common Stock in accordance
with Section 9 hereof) in connection with such consummation of any such
transaction as may be necessary to assure that the
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provisions hereof shall thereafter be applicable, as nearly as reasonably may
be, in relation to the shares of its Common Stock thereafter deliverable upon
the exercise of the Rights; provided that, upon the subsequent occurrence of any
consolidation, merger, sale or transfer of assets or other extraordinary
transaction in respect of such Principal Party, each holder of a Right shall
thereupon be entitled to receive, upon exercise of a Right and payment of the
Purchase Price as provided in this Section 13(a), such cash, shares, rights,
warrants and other property which such holder would have been entitled to
receive had such holder, at the time of such transaction, owned the Common Stock
of the Principal Party receivable upon the exercise of a Right pursuant to this
Section 13(a), and such Principal Party shall take such steps (including, but
not limited to, reservation of shares of stock) as may be necessary to permit
the subsequent exercise of the Rights in accordance with the terms hereof for
such cash, shares, rights, warrants and other property.

                  (b)      "Principal Party" shall mean

                           (i) in the case of any transaction described in (i)
         or (ii) of the first sentence of Section 13(a) hereof: (A) the Person
         that is the issuer of the securities into which the shares of Common
         Stock are converted in such merger or consolidation, or, if there is
         more than one such issuer, the issuer the shares of Common Stock of
         which have the greatest aggregate market value of shares outstanding,
         or (B) if no securities are so issued, (x) the Person that
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         is the other party to the merger, if such Person survives said merger,
         or, if there is more than one such Person, the Person the shares of
         Common Stock of which have the greatest aggregate market value of
         shares outstanding or (y) if the Person that is the other party to the
         merger does not survive the merger, the Person that does survive the
         merger (including the Company if it survives) or (z) the Person
         resulting from the consolidation; and

                  (ii) in the case of any transaction described in (iii) of the
         first sentence in Section 13(a) hereof, the Person that is the party
         receiving the greatest portion of the assets or earning power
         transferred pursuant to such transaction or transactions, or, if each
         Person that is a party to such transaction or transactions receives the
         same portion of the assets or earning power so transferred or if the
         Person receiving the greatest portion of the assets or earning power
         cannot be determined, whichever of such Persons as is the issuer of
         Common Stock having the greatest aggregate market value of shares
         outstanding;

provided, however, that in any such case described in the foregoing clause
(b)(i) or (b)(ii), if the Common Stock of such Person is not at such time or has
not been continuously over the preceding 12-month period registered under
Section 12 of the Exchange Act, then (1) if such Person is a direct or indirect
Subsidiary of another Person the Common Stock of which is and has been so
registered, the term "Principal Party" shall refer to such other Person, or (2)
if such Person is a Subsidiary,
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directly or indirectly, of more than one Person, the Common Stock of all of
which is and has been so registered, the term "Principal Party" shall refer to
whichever of such Persons is the issuer of Common Stock having the greatest
aggregate market value of shares outstanding, or (3) if such Person is owned,
directly or indirectly, by a joint venture formed by two or more Persons that
are not owned, directly or indirectly, by the same Person, the rules set forth
in clauses (1) and (2) above shall apply to each of the owners having an
interest in the venture as if the Person owned by the joint venture was a
Subsidiary of both or all of such joint venturers, and the Principal Party in
each such case shall bear the obligations set forth in this Section 13 in the
same ratio as its interest in such Person bears to the total of such interests.

                  (c) The Company shall not consummate any consolidation,
merger, sale or transfer referred to in Section 13(a) hereof unless prior
thereto the Company and the Principal Party involved therein shall have executed
and delivered to the Rights Agent an agreement confirming that the requirements
of Sections 13(a) and (b) hereof shall promptly be performed in accordance with
their terms and that such consolidation, merger, sale or transfer of assets
shall not result in a default by the Principal Party under this Agreement as the
same shall have been assumed by the Principal Party pursuant to Sections 13(a)
and (b) hereof and providing that, as soon as practicable after executing such
agreement pursuant to this Section 13, the Principal Party will:


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                           (i) prepare and file a registration statement under
         the Securities Act, if necessary, with respect to the Rights and the
         securities purchasable upon exercise of the Rights on an appropriate
         form, use its best efforts to cause such registration statement to
         become effective as soon as practicable after such filing and use its
         best efforts to cause such registration statement to remain effective
         (with a prospectus at all times meeting the requirements of the
         Securities Act) until the Final Expiration Date, and similarly comply
         with applicable state securities laws;

                           (ii) use its best efforts, if the Common Stock of the
         Principal Party shall be listed or admitted to trading on the American
         Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange or on another national
         securities exchange, to list or admit to trading (or continue the
         listing of) the Rights and the securities purchasable upon exercise of
         the Rights on the American Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange or
         such securities exchange, or, if the Common Stock of the Principal
         Party shall not be listed or admitted to trading on the American Stock
         Exchange, New York Stock Exchange or a national securities exchange, to
         cause the Rights and the securities receivable upon exercise of the
         Rights to be reported by such other system then in use;

                           (iii) deliver to holders of the Rights historical
         financial statements for the Principal Party which comply in all
         respects with the requirements for registration on Form 10 (or any
         successor form) under the Exchange Act; and
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                           (iv) obtain waivers of any rights of first refusal or
         preemptive rights in respect of the Common Stock of the Principal Party
         subject to purchase upon exercise of outstanding Rights.

                  (d) In case the Principal Party has provision in any of its
authorized securities or in its certificate of incorporation or by-laws or other
instrument governing its corporate affairs, which provision would have the
effect of (i) causing such Principal Party to issue (other than to holders of
Rights pursuant to this Section 13), in connection with, or as a consequence of,
the consummation of a transaction referred to in this Section 13, shares of
Common Stock of such Principal Party at less than the then current market price
per share thereof (determined pursuant to Section 11(d) hereof) or securities
exercisable for, or convertible into, Common Stock of such Principal Party at
less than such then current market price, or (ii) providing for any special
payment, tax or similar provision in connection with the issuance of the Common
Stock of such Principal Party pursuant to the provisions of Section 13, then, in
such event, the Company hereby agrees with each holder of Rights that it shall
not consummate any such transaction unless prior thereto the Company and such
Principal Party shall have executed and delivered to the Rights Agent a
supplemental agreement providing that the provision in question of such
Principal Party shall have been cancelled, waived or amended, or that the
authorized securities shall be redeemed, so that the applicable provision will
have no effect in connection with, or
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as a consequence of, the consummation of the proposed transaction.

                  (e) The Company covenants and agrees that it shall not, at any
time after a Person first becomes an Acquiring Person, enter into any
transaction of the types contemplated by clauses (i) through (iii) of Section
13(a) hereof if (x) at the time of or immediately after such consolidation,
merger, sale, transfer or other transaction there are any rights, warrants or
other instruments or securities outstanding or agreements in effect which would
substantially diminish or otherwise eliminate the benefits intended to be
afforded by the Rights, (y) prior to, simultaneously with or immediately after
such consolidation, merger, sale, transfer of other transaction, the
shareholders of the Person who constitutes, or would constitute, the Principal
Party for purposes of Section 13(a) hereof shall have received a distribution of
Rights previously owned by such Person or any of its Affiliates or Associates or
(z) the form or nature of organization of the Principal Party would preclude or
limit the exercisability of the Rights.

                  Section 14. Fractional Rights and Fractional Shares. (a) The
Company shall not be required to issue fractions of Rights or to distribute
Right Certificates which evidence fractional Rights. In lieu of such fractional
Rights, there shall be paid to the registered holders of the Right Certificates
with regard to which such fractional Rights would otherwise be issuable, an
amount in cash equal to the same fraction of the current market value of a whole
Right. For the purposes of this
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Section 14(a), the current market value of a whole Right shall be the closing
price of the Rights for the Trading Day immediately prior to the date on which
such fractional Rights would have been otherwise issuable. The closing price for
any day shall be the last sale price, regular way, or, in case no such sale
takes place on such day, the average of the closing bid and asked prices,
regular way, in either case as reported in the principal consolidated
transaction reporting system with respect to securities listed or admitted to
trading on the American Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange or, if the
Rights are not listed or admitted to trading on the American Stock Exchange or
the New York Stock Exchange, as reported in the principal consolidated
transaction reporting system with respect to securities listed on the principal
national securities exchange on which the Rights are listed or admitted to
trading or, if the Rights are not listed or admitted to trading on any national
securities exchange, the last quoted price or, if not so quoted, the average of
the high bid and low asked prices in the over-the-counter market, as reported by
NASDAQ or such other system then in use or, if on any such date the Rights are
not quoted by any such organization, the average of the closing bid and asked
prices as furnished by a professional market maker making a market in the Rights
selected by the Board of Directors of the Company. If on any such date no such
market maker is making a market in the Rights, the fair value of the Rights on
such date as determined in good faith by the Board of Directors of the Company
shall be used.
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                  (b) The Company shall not be required to issue fractions of
Preferred Stock (other than fractions which are integral multiples of one
one-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock) upon exercise of the Rights or to
distribute certificates which evidence fractional shares of Preferred Stock
(other than fractions which are integral multiples of one one-thousandth of a
share of Preferred Stock). Interests in fractions of Preferred Stock in integral
multiples of one one-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock may, at the
election of the Company, be evidenced by depositary receipts, pursuant to an
appropriate agreement between the Company and a depositary selected by it;
provided, that such agreement shall provide that the holders of such depositary
receipts shall have all the rights, privileges and preferences to which they are
entitled as beneficial owners of the Preferred Stock represented by such
depositary receipts. In lieu of fractional shares of Preferred Stock that are
not integral multiples of one one-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock, the
Company shall pay to the registered holders of Right Certificates at the time
such Rights are exercised as herein provided an amount in cash equal to the same
fraction of the current market value of one share of Preferred Stock. For the
purposes of this Section 14(b), the current market value of a share of Preferred
Stock shall be the closing price of a share of Preferred Stock (as determined
pursuant to Section 11(d)(i) hereof) for the Trading Day immediately prior to
the date of such exercise.
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                  (c) The holder of a Right by the acceptance of the Right
expressly waives his right to receive any fractional Rights or any fractional
shares upon exercise of a Right (except as provided above).

                  Section 15. Rights of Action. All rights of action in respect
of this Agreement, excepting the rights of action given to the Rights Agent
under Section 18 hereof, are vested in the respective registered holders of the
Right Certificates (and, prior to the Distribution Date, the registered holders
of the Common Stock); and any registered holder of any Right Certificate (or,
prior to the Distribution Date, of the Common Stock), without the consent of the
Rights Agent or of the holder of any other Right Certificate (or, prior to the
Distribution Date, of the Common Stock), on his own behalf and for his own
benefit, may enforce, and may institute and maintain any suit, action or
proceeding against the Company to enforce, or otherwise act in respect of, his
right to exercise the Rights evidenced by such Right Certificate (or, prior to
the Distribution Date, such Common Stock) in the manner provided in such Right
Certificate and in this Agreement. Without limiting the foregoing or any
remedies available to the holders of Rights, it is specifically acknowledged
that the holders of Rights would not have an adequate remedy at law for any
breach of this Agreement and will be entitled to specific performance of the
obligations under, and injunctive relief against actual or threatened violations
of, the obligations of any Person subject to this Agreement.
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                  Section 16. Agreement of Right Holders. Every holder of a
Right, by accepting the same, consents and agrees with the Company and the
Rights Agent and with every other holder of a Right that:

                  (a) prior to the Distribution Date, the Rights will be
         transferable only in connection with the transfer of the
         Common Stock;

                  (b) after the Distribution Date, the Right Certificates are
         transferable only on the registry books of the Rights Agent if
         surrendered at the office or agency of the Rights Agent designated for
         such purpose, duly endorsed or accompanied by a proper instrument of
         transfer; and

                  (c) the Company and the Rights Agent may deem and treat the
         Person in whose name the Right Certificate (or, prior to the
         Distribution Date, the Common Stock certificate) is registered as the
         absolute owner thereof and of the Rights evidenced thereby
         (notwithstanding any notations of ownership or writing on the Right
         Certificates or the Common Stock certificate made by anyone other than
         the Company or the Rights Agent) for all purposes whatsoever, and
         neither the Company nor the Rights Agent shall be affected by any
         notice to the contrary.

                  Section 17. Right Certificate Holder Not Deemed a Stockholder.
No holder, as such, of any Right Certificate shall be entitled to vote, receive
dividends or be deemed for any purpose the holder of the Preferred Stock or any
other securities of the Company which may at any time be issuable on the
exercise

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of the Rights represented thereby, nor shall anything contained herein or in any
Right Certificate be construed to confer upon the holder of any Right
Certificate, as such, any of the rights of a stockholder of the Company or any
right to vote for the election of directors or upon any matter submitted to
shareholders at any meeting thereof, or to give or withhold consent to any
corporate action, or to receive notice of meetings or other actions affecting
shareholders (except as provided in this Agreement), or to receive dividends or
subscription rights, or otherwise, until the Rights evidenced by such Right
Certificate shall have been exercised in accordance with the provisions hereof.

                  Section 18. Concerning the Rights Agent. (a) The Company
agrees to pay to the Rights Agent reasonable compensation for all services
rendered by it hereunder and, from time to time, on demand of the Rights Agent,
its reasonable expenses and counsel fees and other disbursements incurred in the
administration and execution of this Agreement and the exercise and performance
of its duties hereunder. The Company also agrees to indemnify the Rights Agent
for, and to hold it harmless against, any loss, liability or expense, incurred
without negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct on the part of the Rights
Agent, for anything done or omitted by the Rights Agent in connection with the
acceptance and administration of this Agreement, including the costs and
expenses of defending against any claim of liability arising therefrom, directly
or indirectly.
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                  (b) The Rights Agent shall be protected and shall incur no
liability for, or in respect of any action taken, suffered or omitted by it in
connection with, its administration of this Agreement in reliance upon any Right
Certificate or certificate for the Preferred Stock or Common Stock or for other
securities of the Company, instrument of assignment or transfer, power of
attorney, endorsement, affidavit, letter, notice, direction, consent,
certificate, statement, or other paper or document believed by it to be genuine
and to be signed, executed and, where necessary, verified or acknowledged, by
the proper Person or Persons, or otherwise upon the advice of counsel as set
forth in Section 20 hereof.

                  Section 19. Merger or Consolidation or Change of Name of
Rights Agent. (a) Any corporation into which the Rights Agent or any successor
Rights Agent may be merged or with which it may be consolidated, or any
corporation resulting from any merger or consolidation to which the Rights Agent
or any successor Rights Agent shall be a party, or any corporation succeeding to
the stock transfer or corporate trust powers of the Rights Agent or any
successor Rights Agent, shall be the successor to the Rights Agent under this
Agreement without the execution or filing of any paper or any further act on the
part of any of the parties hereto; provided, that such corporation
would be eligible for appointment as a successor Rights Agent under the
provisions of Section 21 hereof. In case at the time such successor Rights Agent
shall succeed to the agency created by this Agreement, any of the Right
Certificates shall have been

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countersigned but not delivered, any such successor Rights Agent may adopt the
countersignature of the predecessor Rights Agent and deliver such Right
Certificates so countersigned; and in case at that time any of the Right
Certificates shall not have been countersigned, any successor Rights Agent may
countersign such Right Certificates either in the name of the predecessor Rights
Agent or in the name of the successor Rights Agent; and in all such cases such
Right Certificates shall have the full force provided in the Right Certificates
and in this Agreement.

                  (b) In case at any time the name of the Rights Agent shall be
changed and at such time any of the Right Certificates shall have been
countersigned but not delivered the Rights Agent may adopt the countersignature
under its prior name and deliver Right Certificates so countersigned; and in
case at that time any of the Right Certificates shall not have been
countersigned, the Rights Agent may countersign such Right Certificates either
in its prior name or in its changed name and in all such cases such Right
Certificates shall have the full force provided in the Right Certificates and in
this Agreement.

                  Section 20. Duties of Rights Agent. The Rights Agent
undertakes the duties and obligations imposed by this Agreement upon the
following terms and conditions, by all of which the Company and the holders of
Right Certificates, by their acceptance thereof, shall be bound:

                  (a) The Rights Agent may consult with legal counsel (who may
         be legal counsel for the Company), and the opinion of such counsel
         shall be full and complete authorization and

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         protection to the Rights Agent as to any action taken or omitted by it
         in good faith and in accordance with such opinion.

                  (b) Whenever in the performance of its duties under this
         Agreement the Rights Agent shall deem it necessary or desirable that
         any fact or matter be proved or established by the Company prior to
         taking or suffering any action hereunder, such fact or matter (unless
         other evidence in respect thereof be herein specifically prescribed)
         may be deemed to be conclusively proved and established by a
         certificate signed by any one of the Chairman of the Board of
         Directors, the President, any Vice President, the Treasurer, the
         Controller or the Secretary of the Company and delivered to the Rights
         Agent; and such certificate shall be full authorization to the Rights
         Agent for any action taken or suffered in good faith by it under the
         provisions of this Agreement in reliance upon such certificate.

                  (c) The Rights Agent shall be liable hereunder to the Company
         and any other Person only for its own negligence, bad faith or willful
         misconduct.

                  (d) The Rights Agent shall not be liable for or by reason of
         any of the statements of fact or recitals contained in this Agreement
         or in the Right Certificates (except its countersignature thereof) or
         be required to verify the same, but all such statements and recitals
         are and shall be deemed to have been made by the Company only.
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                  (e) The Rights Agent shall not be under any responsibility in
         respect of the validity of this Agreement or the execution and delivery
         hereof (except the due execution hereof by the Rights Agent) or in
         respect of the validity or execution of any Right Certificate (except
         its countersignature thereof); nor shall it be responsible for any
         breach by the Company of any covenant or condition contained in this
         Agreement or in any Right Certificate; nor shall it be responsible for
         any change in the exercisability of the Rights (including the Rights
         becoming void pursuant to Section 11(a)(ii) hereof) or any adjustment
         in the terms of the Rights (including the manner, method or amount
         thereof) provided for in Sections 3, 11, 13, 23 and 24, or the
         ascertaining of the existence of facts that would require any such
         change or adjustment (except with respect to the exercise of Rights
         evidenced by Right Certificates after receipt of a certificate
         furnished pursuant to Section 12, describing such change or
         adjustment); nor shall it by any act hereunder be deemed to make any
         representation or warranty as to the authorization or reservation of
         any shares of Preferred Stock or other securities to be issued pursuant
         to this Agreement or any Right Certificate or as to whether any shares
         of Preferred Stock or other securities will, when issued, be validly
         authorized and issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

                  (f) The Company agrees that it will perform, execute,
         acknowledge and deliver or cause to be performed, executed,

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         acknowledged and delivered all such further and other acts, instruments
         and assurances as may reasonably be required by the Rights Agent for
         the carrying out or performing by the Rights Agent of the provisions of
         this Agreement.

                  (g) The Rights Agent is hereby authorized and directed to
         accept instructions with respect to the performance of its duties
         hereunder from any person reasonably believed by the Rights Agent to be
         one of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, the President, the Chief
         Financial Officer or the Secretary of the Company, and to apply to such
         officers for advice or instructions in connection with its duties, and
         it shall not be liable for any action taken or suffered by it in good
         faith in accordance with instructions of any such officer or for any
         delay in acting while waiting for those instructions. Any application
         by the Rights Agent for written instructions from the Company may, at
         the option of the Rights Agent, set forth in writing any action
         proposed to be taken or omitted by the Rights Agent under this
         Agreement and the date on and/or after which such action shall be taken
         or such omission shall be effective. The Rights Agent shall not be
         liable for any action taken by, or omission of, the Rights Agent in
         accordance with a proposal included in any such application on or after
         the date specified in such application (which date shall not be less
         than five Business Days after the date any officer of the Company
         actually receives such application, unless any such officer shall have
         consented in writing to an earlier date)

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         unless, prior to taking any such action (or the effective date in the
         case of an omission), the Rights Agent shall have received written
         instructions in response to such application specifying the action to
         be taken or omitted.

                  (h) The Rights Agent and any stockholder, director, officer or
         employee of the Rights Agent may buy, sell or deal in any of the Rights
         or other securities of the Company or become pecuniarily interested in
         any transaction in which the Company may be interested, or contract
         with or lend money to the Company or otherwise act as fully and freely
         as though it were not Rights Agent under this Agreement. Nothing herein
         shall preclude the Rights Agent from acting in any other capacity for
         the Company or for any other legal entity.

                  (i) The Rights Agent may execute and exercise any of the
         rights or powers hereby vested in it or perform any duty hereunder
         either itself or by or through its attorneys or agents, and the Rights
         Agent shall not be answerable or accountable for any act, default,
         neglect or misconduct of any such attorneys or agents or for any loss
         to the Company resulting from any such act, default, neglect or
         misconduct, provided reasonable care was exercised in the selection and
         continued employment thereof.

                  (j) If, with respect to any Rights Certificate surrendered to
         the Rights Agent for exercise or transfer, the certificate contained in
         the form of assignment or the form of election to purchase set forth on
         the reverse
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         thereof, as the case may be, has not been completed to certify the
         holder is not an Acquiring Person (or an Affiliate or Associate
         thereof), a Rights Agent shall not take any further action with respect
         to such requested exercise or transfer without first consulting with
         the Company.

                  Section 21. Change of Rights Agent. The Rights Agent or any
successor Rights Agent may resign and be discharged from its duties under this
Agreement upon 30 days' notice in writing mailed to the Company and to each
transfer agent of the Common Stock or Preferred Stock by registered or certified
mail, and, following the Distribution Date, to the holders of the Right
Certificates by first-class mail. The Company may remove the Rights Agent or any
successor Rights Agent upon 30 days' notice in writing, mailed to the Rights
Agent or successor Rights Agent, as the case may be, and to each transfer agent
of the Common Stock or Preferred Stock by registered or certified mail, and,
following the Distribution Date, to the holders of the Right Certificates by
first-class mail. If the Rights Agent shall resign or be removed or shall
otherwise become incapable of acting, the Company shall appoint a successor to
the Rights Agent. If the Company shall fail to make such appointment within a
period of 30 days after giving notice of such removal or after it has been
notified in writing of such resignation or incapacity by the resigning or
incapacitated Rights Agent or by the holder of a Right Certificate (who shall,
with such notice, submit his Right Certificate for inspection by the Company),
then the

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registered holder of any Right Certificate may apply to any court of
competent jurisdiction for the appointment of a new Rights Agent. Any successor
Rights Agent, whether appointed by the Company or by such a court, shall be a
corporation organized and doing business under the laws of the United States or
any State thereof, which is authorized under such laws to exercise corporate
trust or stock transfer powers and is subject to supervision or examination by
federal or state authority and which has at the time of its appointment as
Rights Agent a combined capital and surplus of at least $50 million. After
appointment, the successor Rights Agent shall be vested with the same powers,
rights, duties and responsibilities as if it had been originally named as Rights
Agent without further act or deed; but the predecessor Rights Agent shall
deliver and transfer to the successor Rights Agent any property at the time held
by it hereunder, and execute and deliver any further assurance, conveyance, act
or deed necessary for the purpose. Not later than the effective date of any such
appointment the Company shall file notice thereof in writing with the
predecessor Rights Agent and each transfer agent of the Common Stock or
Preferred Stock, and, following the Distribution Date, mail a notice thereof in
writing to the registered holders of the Right Certificates. Failure to give any
notice provided for in this Section 21, however, or any defect therein, shall
not affect the legality or validity of the resignation or removal of the Rights
Agent or the appointment of the successor Rights Agent, as the case may be.


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                  Section 22. Issuance of New Right Certificates.
Notwithstanding any of the provisions of this Agreement or of the Rights to the
contrary, the Company may, at its option, issue new Right Certificates
evidencing Rights in such forms as may be approved by its Board of Directors to
reflect any adjustment or change in the Purchase Price and the number or kind or
class of shares or other securities or property purchasable under the Right
Certificates made in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement. In
addition, in connection with the issuance or sale of Common Stock following the
Distribution Date and prior to the earlier of the Redemption Date and the Final
Expiration Date, the Company may with respect to shares of Common Stock so
issued or sold pursuant to (i) the exercise of stock options, (ii) under any
employee plan or arrangement, (iii) upon the exercise, conversion or exchange of
securities notes or debentures issued by the Company or (iv) a contractual
obligation of the Company in each case existing prior to the Distribution Date,
issue Rights Certificates representing the appropriate number of Rights in
connection with such issuance or sale.

                  Section 23. Redemption. (a) The Board of Directors of the
Company may, at any time prior to such time as any Person first becomes an
Acquiring Person, redeem all but not less than all the then outstanding Rights
at a redemption price of $.01 per Right, appropriately adjusted to reflect any
stock split, stock dividend or similar transaction occurring after the date
hereof (the redemption price being hereinafter referred to as the "Redemption
Price"). The redemption of the Rights may be made
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effective at such time, on such basis and with such conditions as the Board of
Directors in its sole discretion may establish.

                  (b) Immediately upon the action of the Board of Directors
ordering the redemption of the Rights pursuant to paragraph (a) of this Section
23 (or at such later time as the Board of Directors may establish for the
effectiveness of such redemption), and without any further action and without
any notice, the right to exercise the Rights will terminate and the only right
thereafter of the holders of Rights shall be to receive the Redemption Price.
The Company shall promptly give public notice of any such redemption; provided,
however, that the failure to give, or any defect in, any such notice shall not
affect the validity of such redemption. Within 10 days after such action of the
Board of Directors ordering the redemption of the Rights (or such later time as
the Board of Directors may establish for the effectiveness of such redemption),
the Company shall mail a notice of redemption to all the holders of the then
outstanding Rights at their last addresses as they appear upon the registry
books of the Rights Agent or, prior to the Distribution Date, on the registry
books of the transfer agent for the Common Stock. Any notice which is mailed in
the manner herein provided shall be deemed given, whether or not the holder
receives the notice. Each such notice of redemption shall state the method by
which the payment of the Redemption Price will be made.

                  Section 24. Exchange. (a) The Board of Directors

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of the Company may, at its option, at any time after any Person first becomes an
Acquiring Person, exchange all or part of the then outstanding and exercisable
Rights (which shall not include Rights that have become void pursuant to the
provisions of Section 11(a)(ii) hereof) for shares of Common Stock at an
exchange ratio of one share of Common Stock per Right, (such exchange ratio
being hereinafter referred to as the "Exchange Ratio"). Notwithstanding the
foregoing, the Board of Directors shall not be empowered to effect such exchange
at any time after (1) any Person (other than an Exempt Person), together with
all Affiliates and Associates of such Person, becomes the Beneficial Owner of
shares of Common Stock aggregating 50% or more of the shares of Common Stock
then outstanding or (2) the occurrence of an event specified in Section 13(a)
hereof.

                  (b) Immediately upon the action of the Board of Directors of
the Company ordering the exchange of any Rights pursuant to paragraph (a) of
this Section 24 and without any further action and without any notice, the right
to exercise such Rights shall terminate and the only right thereafter of a
holder of such Rights shall be to receive that number of shares of Common Stock
equal to the number of such Rights held by such holder multiplied by the
Exchange Ratio. The Company shall promptly give public notice of any such
exchange; provided, however, that the failure to give, or any defect in, such
notice shall not affect the validity of such exchange. The Company shall
promptly mail a notice of any such exchange to all of the holders of the Rights
so exchanged at their last addresses as

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they appear upon the registry books of the Rights Agent. Any notice which is
mailed in the manner herein provided shall be deemed given, whether or not the
holder receives the notice. Each such notice of exchange will state the method
by which the exchange of the shares of Common Stock for Rights will be effected
and, in the event of any partial exchange, the number of Rights which will be
exchanged. Any partial exchange shall be effected pro rata based on the number
of Rights (other than Rights which have become void pursuant to the provisions
of Section 11(a)(ii) hereof) held by each holder of Rights.

                  (c) In the event that there shall not be sufficient shares of
Common Stock issued but not outstanding or authorized but unissued to permit any
exchange of Rights as contemplated in accordance with this Section 24, the
Company may, in its discretion, take such action as may be necessary to
authorize additional shares of Common Stock for issuance upon exchange of the
Rights. In the event that the Company shall determine not to take such action or
shall, after good faith effort, be unable to take such action as may be
necessary to authorize such additional shares of Common Stock, the Company shall
substitute, to the extent of such insufficiency, for each share of Common Stock
that would otherwise be issuable upon exchange of a Right, a number of shares of
Preferred Stock or fractions thereof (or equivalent preferred shares as such
term is defined in Section 11(b)) having an aggregate current per share market
price (determined pursuant to Section 11(d) hereof) equal to the current per
share market price of one share of Common Stock (determined pursuant to

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Section 11(d) hereof) as of the date of issuance of such shares of Preferred
Stock or fractions thereof (or equivalent preferred shares).

                  (d) The Company shall not, in connection with any exchange
pursuant to this Section 24, be required to issue fractions of shares of Common
Stock or to distribute certificates which evidence fractional shares of Common
Stock. In lieu of such fractional shares of Common Stock, the Company shall pay
to the registered holders of the Right Certificates with regard to which such
fractional shares of Common Stock would otherwise be issuable an amount in cash
equal to the same fraction of the current market value of a whole share of
Common Stock. For the purposes of this paragraph (d), the current market value
of a whole share of Common Stock shall be the closing price of a share of Common
Stock (as determined pursuant to the second sentence of Section 11(d)(i) hereof)
for the Trading Day immediately prior to the date of exchange pursuant to this
Section 24.

                  Section 25. Notice of Certain Events. (a) In case the Company
shall at any time after the earlier of the Distribution Date or the Stock
Acquisition Date propose (i) to pay any dividend payable in stock of any class
to the holders of its Preferred Stock or to make any other distribution to the
holders of its Preferred Stock (other than a regular quarterly cash dividend),
(ii) to offer to the holders of its Preferred Stock rights or warrants to
subscribe for or to purchase any additional shares of Preferred Stock or shares
of stock of any class or any other securities, rights or options, (iii) to
effect any

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reclassification of its Preferred Stock (other than a reclassification involving
only the subdivision of outstanding Preferred Stock), (iv) to effect the
liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company, or (v) to declare or pay
any dividend on the Common Stock payable in Common Stock or to effect a
subdivision, combination or consolidation of the Common Stock (by
reclassification or otherwise than by payment of dividends in Common Stock),
then, in each such case, the Company shall give to each holder of a Right
Certificate, in accordance with Section 26 hereof, a notice of such proposed
action, which shall specify the record date for the purposes of such stock
dividend, or distribution of rights or warrants, or the date on which such
liquidation, dissolution or winding up is to take place and the date of
participation therein by the holders of the Common Stock and/or Preferred Stock,
if any such date is to be fixed, and such notice shall be so given in the case
of any action covered by clause (i) or (ii) above at least 10 days prior to the
record date for determining holders of the Preferred Stock for purposes of such
action, and in the case of any such other action, at least 10 days prior to the
date of the taking of such proposed action or the date of participation therein
by the holders of the Common Stock and/or Preferred Stock, whichever shall be
the earlier.

                  (b) In case any event described in Section 11(a)(ii) or
Section 13 shall occur then the Company shall as soon as practicable thereafter
give to each holder of a Right Certificate (or if occurring prior to the
Distribution Date, the holders of
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the Common Stock) in accordance with Section 26 hereof, a notice of the
occurrence of such event, which notice shall describe such event and the
consequences of such event to holders of Rights under Section 11(a)(ii) and
Section 13 hereof.

                  Section 26. Notices. Notices or demands authorized by this
Agreement to be given or made by the Rights Agent or by the holder of any Right
Certificate to or on the Company shall be sufficiently given or made if sent by
first-class mail, postage prepaid, addressed (until another address is filed in
writing with the Rights Agent) as follows:

                           Bowne & Co., Inc.
                           345 Hudson Street
                           New York, New York  10014
                           Attention: Corporate Secretary

Subject to the provisions of Section 21 hereof, any notice or demand authorized
by this Agreement to be given or made by the Company or by the holder of any
Right Certificate to or on the Rights Agent shall be sufficiently given or made
if sent by first-class mail, postage prepaid, addressed (until another address
is filed in writing with the Company) as follows:

                           The Bank of New York
                           101 Barclay Street
                           New York, New York  10286
                           Attention:  Shareholder Services Division

Notices or demands authorized by this Agreement to be given or made by the
Company or the Rights Agent to the holder of any Right Certificate shall be
sufficiently given or made if sent by first-class mail, postage prepaid,
addressed to such holder at the address of such holder as shown on the registry
books of the Company.

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                  Section 27. Supplements and Amendments. Except as provided in
the penultimate sentence of this Section 27, for so long as the Rights are then
redeemable, the Company may in its sole and absolute discretion, and the Rights
Agent shall if the Company so directs, supplement or amend any provision of this
Agreement in any respect without the approval of any holders of the Rights. At
any time when the Rights are no longer redeemable, except as provided in the
penultimate sentence of this Section 27, the Company may, and the Rights Agent
shall, if the Company so directs, supplement or amend this Agreement without the
approval of any holders of Rights Certificates in order to (i) cure any
ambiguity, (ii) correct or supplement any provision contained herein which may
be defective or inconsistent with any other provisions herein, (iii) shorten or
lengthen any time period hereunder, or (iv) change or supplement the provisions
hereunder in any manner which the Company may deem necessary or desirable;
provided that no such supplement or amendment shall adversely affect the
interests of the holders of Rights as such (other than an Acquiring Person or an
Affiliate or Associate of an Acquiring Person), and no such amendment may cause
the rights again to become redeemable or cause the Agreement again to become
amendable other than in accordance with this sentence. Notwithstanding anything
contained in this Agreement to the contrary, no supplement or amendment shall be
made which changes the Redemption Price. Upon the delivery of a certificate from
an appropriate officer of the Company which states that the proposed supplement
or amendment is in compliance

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with the terms of this Section 27, the Rights Agent shall execute such
supplement or amendment.

                  Section 28. Successors. All the covenants and provisions of
this Agreement by or for the benefit of the Company or the Rights Agent shall
bind and inure to the benefit of their respective successors and assigns
hereunder.

                  Section 29. Benefits of this Agreement. Nothing in this
Agreement shall be construed to give to any Person other than the Company, the
Rights Agent and the registered holders of the Right Certificates (and, prior to
the Distribution Date, the Common Stock) any legal or equitable right, remedy or
claim under this Agreement; but this Agreement shall be for the sole and
exclusive benefit of the Company, the Rights Agent and the registered holders of
the Right Certificates (and, prior to the Distribution Date, the Common Stock).

                  Section 30. Severability. If any term, provision, covenant or
restriction of this Agreement or applicable to this Agreement is held by a court
of competent jurisdiction or other authority to be invalid, void or
unenforceable, the remainder of the terms, provisions, covenants and
restrictions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and shall
in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated.

                  Section 31. Governing Law. This Agreement and each Right
Certificate issued hereunder shall be deemed to be a contract made under the
laws of the State of New York and for all purposes shall be governed by and
construed in accordance with

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the laws of such State applicable to contracts to be made and performed entirely
within such State.

                  Section 32. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in
any number of counterparts and each of such counterparts shall for all purposes
be deemed to be an original, and all such counterparts shall together constitute
but one and the same instrument.

                  Section 33. Descriptive Headings. Descriptive headings of the
several Sections of this Agreement are inserted for convenience only and shall
not control or affect the meaning or construction of any of the provisions
hereof.
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                  IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this
Agreement to be duly executed and attested, all as of the day and year first
above written.

Attest:                                          BOWNE & CO., INC.


By DOUGLAS F. BAUER                              By DENISE K. FLETCHER
   ---------------------------                      ----------------------------
   Name: Douglas F. Bauer                           Name: Denise K. Fletcher
   Title: Corporate Secretary                       Title: V.P., Chief Financial
                                                            Officer

                                                 THE BANK OF NEW YORK
Attest:


By DIANE M. AJJAN                             By RAYMOND ROMANSKI
   ------------------------------                -------------------------------
  Name: Diane M. Ajjan                           Name: Raymond Romanski
  Title: Assistant Vice President                Title: Vice President
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                                                                       Exhibit A

                                      FORM

                                       OF

                            CERTIFICATE OF AMENDMENT

                                     OF THE

                          CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

                                       OF

                                BOWNE & CO., INC.

               (Under Section 805 of the Business Corporation Law
                            of the State of New York)

                               -------------------


                  WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, ROBERT M. JOHNSON and DOUGLAS F.
BAUER, being respectively the Chief Executive Officer and the
Corporate Secretary of Bowne & Co., Inc., do hereby certify that:

                  1. The name of the Corporation is "Bowne & Co., Inc."

                  2. The Certificate of Incorporation of said corporation was
         filed in the Department of State of the State of New York on June 11,
         1968.

                  3. The Certificate of Incorporation is hereby amended by the
         addition of a provision to Article FOURTH thereof stating the number,
         designation, relative rights, preferences and limitations of the Series
         B Junior Participating Preferred Stock as fixed by the Board of
         Directors of the Corporation and to set forth in full the test of such
         provision. To effect the foregoing, Article FOURTH of the Certificate
         of Incorporation is amended to add the following at the end of such
         Article FOURTH:

                  "There is established as a series of the Preferred Stock a
series designated "Series B Junior Participating Preferred Stock" (hereinafter
called "Series B Preferred Stock").

                  The terms, limitations and relative rights and preferences of
the Series B Preferred Stock shall be as follows:

                  1. Amount of Designation. The number of shares constituting
the Series B Preferred Stock shall be 80,000. Such number of shares may be
increased or decreased by resolution of the Board of Directors; provided, that
no decrease shall reduce the number of shares of Series B Preferred Stock to a
number less than the number of shares then outstanding plus the number of shares
reserved for issuance upon the exercise of outstanding options, rights or
warrants or upon the conversion of any

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outstanding securities issued by the Corporation convertible into Series B
Preferred Stock.

                  2.  Dividends and Distributions.

                  (A) Subject to the rights of the holders of any shares of any
series of Preferred Stock of the Corporation (the "Preferred Stock") (or any
similar stock) ranking prior and superior to the Series B Preferred Stock with
respect to dividends, the holders of shares of Series B Preferred Stock, in
preference to the holders of Common Stock, par value $.01 per share of the
Corporation (the "Common Stock") and of any other stock of the Corporation
ranking junior to the Series B Preferred Stock, shall be entitled to receive,
when, as and if declared by the Board of Directors out of funds legally
available for the purpose, quarterly dividends payable in cash on the last day
of January, April, July, and October in each year (each such date being referred
to herein as a "Dividend Payment Date"), commencing on the first Dividend
Payment Date after the first issuance of a share or fraction of a share of
Series B Preferred Stock, in an amount per share (rounded to the nearest cent)
equal to the greater of (a) $1 or (b) subject to the provision for adjustment
hereinafter set forth, 1000 times the aggregate per share amount of all cash
dividends, and 1000 times the aggregate per share amount (payable in kind) of
all non-cash dividends or other distributions other than a dividend payable in
shares of Common Stock, declared on the Common Stock since the immediately
preceding Dividend Payment Date or, with respect to the first Dividend Payment
Date, since the first issuance of any share or fraction of a share of Series B
Preferred Stock. In the event the Corporation shall at any time after January
30, 1997, declare or pay any dividend on the Common Stock payable in shares of
Common Stock, or effect a subdivision or combination or consolidation of the
outstanding shares of Common Stock (by reclassification or otherwise than by
payment of a dividend in shares of Common Stock) into a greater or lesser number
of shares of Common Stock, then in each such case the amount to which holders of
shares of Series B Preferred Stock were entitled immediately prior to such event
under clause (b) of the preceding sentence shall be adjusted by multiplying such
amount by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of shares of Common
Stock outstanding immediately after such event and the denominator of which is
the number of shares of Common Stock that were outstanding immediately prior to
such event.

                  (B) The Corporation shall declare a dividend or distribution
on the Series B Preferred Stock as provided in paragraph (A) of this Section
immediately after it declares a dividend or distribution on the Common Stock
(other than a dividend payable in shares of Common Stock); provided that, in the
event no dividend or distribution shall have been declared on the Common Stock
during the period between any Dividend Payment Date and the next subsequent
Dividend Payment Date, a dividend of $1 per share on the Series B Preferred
Stock shall nevertheless


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be payable, when, as and if declared, on such subsequent Dividend Payment Date.

                  (C) Dividends shall begin to accrue and be cumulative, whether
or not earned or declared, on outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock
from the Dividend Payment Date next preceding the date of issue of such shares,
unless the date of issue of such shares is prior to the record date for the
first Dividend Payment Date, in which case dividends on such shares shall begin
to accrue from the date of issue of such shares, or unless the date of issue is
a Dividend Payment Date or is a date after the record date for the determination
of holders of shares of Series B Preferred Stock entitled to receive a quarterly
dividend and before such Dividend Payment Date, in either of which events such
dividends shall begin to accrue and be cumulative from such Dividend Payment
Date. Accrued but unpaid dividends shall not bear interest. Dividends paid on
the shares of Series B Preferred Stock in an amount less than the total amount
of such dividends at the time accrued and payable on such shares shall be
allocated pro rata on a share-by-share basis among all such shares at the time
outstanding. The Board of Directors may fix a record date for the determination
of holders of shares of Series B Preferred Stock entitled to receive payment of
a dividend or distribution declared thereon, which record date shall be not more
than 60 days prior to the date fixed for the payment thereof.

                  3.  Voting Rights.  The holders of shares of Series B
Preferred Stock shall have the following voting rights;

                  (A) Subject to the provision for adjustment hereinafter set
         forth and except as otherwise provided in the Certificate of
         Incorporation or required by law, each share of Series B Preferred
         Stock shall entitle the holder thereof to 1000 votes on all matters
         upon which the holders of the Common Stock of the Corporation are
         entitled to vote. In the event the Corporation shall at any time after
         January 30, 1997, declare or pay any dividend on the Common Stock
         payable in shares of Common Stock, or effect a subdivision or
         combination or consolidation of the outstanding shares of Common Stock
         (by reclassification or otherwise than by payment of a dividend in
         shares of Common Stock) into a greater or lesser number of shares of
         Common Stock, then in each such case the number of votes per share to
         which holders of shares of Series B Preferred Stock were entitled
         immediately prior to such event shall be adjusted by multiplying such
         number by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of shares of
         Common Stock outstanding immediately after such event and the
         denominator of which is the number of shares of Common Stock that were
         outstanding immediately prior to such event.

                  (B) Except as otherwise provided herein, in the Certificate of
         Incorporation or in any other Amendment


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         creating a series of Preferred Stock or any similar stock, and except
         as otherwise required by law, the holders of shares of Series B
         Preferred Stock and the holders of shares of Common Stock and any other
         capital stock of the Corporation having general voting rights shall
         vote together as one class on all matters submitted to a vote of
         shareholders of the Corporation.

                  (C) Except as set forth herein, or as otherwise provided by
         law, holders of Series B Preferred Stock shall have no special voting
         rights and their consent shall not be required (except to the extent
         they are entitled to vote with holders of Common Stock as set forth
         herein) for taking any corporate action.

                  4.  Certain Restrictions.

                  (A) Whenever quarterly dividends or other dividends or
         distributions payable on the Series B Preferred Stock as provided in
         Section 2 are in arrears, thereafter and until all accrued and unpaid
         dividends and distributions, whether or not earned or declared, on
         shares of Series B Preferred Stock outstanding shall have been paid in
         full, the Corporation shall not:

                           (i) declare or pay dividends, or make any other
                  distributions, on any shares of stock ranking junior (as to
                  dividends) to the Series B Preferred Stock;

                      (ii) declare or pay dividends, or make any other
                  distributions, on any shares of stock ranking on a parity (as
                  to dividends) with the Series B Preferred Stock, except
                  dividends paid ratably on the Series B Preferred Stock and all
                  such parity stock on which dividends are payable or in arrears
                  in proportion to the total amounts to which the holders of all
                  such shares are then entitled;

                     (iii) redeem or purchase or otherwise acquire for
                  consideration shares of any stock ranking junior (either as to
                  dividends or upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up) to
                  the Series B Preferred Stock, provided that the Corporation
                  may at any time redeem, purchase or otherwise acquire shares
                  of any such junior stock in exchange for shares of any stock
                  of the Corporation ranking junior (as to dividends and upon
                  dissolution, liquidation or winding up) to the Series B
                  Preferred Stock or rights, warrants or options to acquire such
                  junior stock;

                      (iv) redeem or purchase or otherwise acquire for
                  consideration any shares of Series B Preferred Stock, or any
                  shares of stock ranking on a parity (either as to dividends or
                  upon liquidation, dissolution or


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                  winding up) with the Series B Preferred Stock, except in
                  accordance with a purchase offer made in writing or by
                  publication (as determined by the Board of Directors) to all
                  holders of such shares upon such terms as the Board of
                  Directors, after consideration of the respective annual
                  dividend rates and other relative rights and preferences of
                  the respective series and classes, shall determine in good
                  faith will result in fair and equitable treatment among the
                  respective series or classes.

                  (B) The Corporation shall not permit any subsidiary of the
         Corporation to purchase or otherwise acquire for consideration any
         shares of stock of the Corporation unless the Corporation could, under
         paragraph (A) of this Section 4, purchase or otherwise acquire such
         shares at such time and in such manner.

                  5. Reacquired Shares. Any shares of Series B Preferred Stock
purchased or otherwise acquired by the Corporation in any manner whatsoever
shall be retired and cancelled promptly after the acquisition thereof.

                  6. Liquidation, Dissolution or Winding Up. Upon any
liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, no distribution shall
be made (A) to the holders of the Common Stock or of shares of any other stock
of the Corporation ranking junior, upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up,
to the Series B Preferred Stock unless, prior thereto, the holders of shares of
Series B Preferred Stock shall have received $100 per share, plus an amount
equal to accrued and unpaid dividends and distributions thereon, whether or not
earned or declared, to the date of such payment, provided that the holders of
shares of Series B Preferred Stock shall be entitled to receive an aggregate
amount per share, subject to the provision for adjustment hereinafter set
forth, equal to 1000 times the aggregate amount to be distributed per share to
holders of shares of Common Stock, or (B) to the holders of shares of stock
ranking on a parity upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up with the Series
B Preferred Stock, except distributions made ratably on the Series B Preferred
Stock and all such parity stock in pro portion to the total amounts to which the
holders of all such shares are entitled upon such liquidation, dissolution or
winding up. In the event the Corporation shall at any time after January 30,
1997 declare or pay any dividend on the Common Stock payable in shares of Common
Stock, or effect a subdivision or combination or consolidation of the
outstanding shares of Common Stock (by reclassification or otherwise than by
payment of a dividend in shares of Common Stock) into a greater or lesser number
of shares of Common Stock, then in each such case the aggregate amount to which
holders of shares of Series B Preferred Stock were entitled immediately prior to
such event under the proviso in clause (A) of the preceding sentence shall be
adjusted by multiplying such amount by a fraction the numerator of which is the
number of


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shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately after such event and the
denominator of which is the number of shares of Common Stock that were
outstanding immediately prior to such event.

                  7. Consolidation, Merger, etc. In case the Corporation shall
enter into any consolidation, merger, combination or other transaction in which
the shares of Common Stock are converted into, exchanged for or changed into
other stock or securities, cash and/or any other property, then in any such case
each share of Series B Preferred Stock shall at the same time be similarly
converted into, exchanged for or changed into an amount per share (subject to
the provision for adjustment hereinafter set forth) equal to 1000 times the
aggregate amount of stock, securities, cash and/or any other property (payable
in kind), as the case may be, into which or for which each share of Common Stock
is converted, exchanged or converted. In the event the Corporation shall at any
time after January 30, 1997 declare or pay any dividend on the Common Stock
payable in shares of Common Stock, or effect a subdivision or combination or
consolidation of the outstanding shares of Common Stock (by reclassification or
otherwise than by payment of a dividend in shares of Common Stock) into a
greater or lesser number of shares of Common Stock, then in each such case the
amount set forth in the preceding sentence with respect to the conversion,
exchange or change of shares of Series B Preferred Stock shall be adjusted
by multiplying such amount by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number
of shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately after such event and the
denominator of which is the number of shares of Common Stock that were
outstanding immediately prior to such event.

                  8. No Redemption. The shares of Series B Preferred Stock shall
not be redeemable from any holder.

                  9. Rank. The Series B Preferred Stock shall rank, with respect
to the payment of dividends and the distribution of assets upon liquidation,
dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, junior to all other series of
Preferred Stock and senior to the Common Stock.

                  10. Amendment. If any proposed amendment to the Certificate of
Incorporation (including this Amendment) would alter, change or repeal any of
the preferences, powers or special rights given to the Series B Preferred Stock
so as to affect the Series B Preferred Stock adversely, then the holders of the
Series B Preferred Stock shall be entitled to vote separately as a class upon
such amendment, and the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the outstanding shares
of the Series B Preferred Stock, voting separately as a class, shall be
necessary for the adoption thereof, in addition to such other vote as may be
required by the Business Corporation Law of the State of New York."

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                  4. This Certificate of Amendment of the Certificate of
         Incorporation of the Corporation was authorized by a majority vote of
         the Board of Directors of the Corporation pursuant to Section 502 of
         the Business Corporation of the State of New York.

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                  IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed and
subscribed this Certificate of Amendment of the Certificate of Incorporation of
the Corporation this 30th day of January, 1997.



                                            ------------------------------------
                                            Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Attest:

- ----------------------
Corporate Secretary

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<PAGE>   85
                                                                       Exhibit B

                            Form of Right Certificate

Certificate No. R- ____                                              ___ Rights

         NOT EXERCISABLE AFTER JANUARY 30, 2007 OR EARLIER IF REDEMPTION OR
         EXCHANGE OCCURS. THE RIGHTS ARE SUBJECT TO REDEMPTION AT $.01 PER RIGHT
         AND TO EXCHANGE ON THE TERMS SET FORTH IN THE RIGHTS AGREEMENT. UNDER
         CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, AS SET FORTH IN THE RIGHTS AGREEMENT, RIGHTS
         OWNED BY OR TRANSFERRED TO ANY PERSON WHO BECOMES AN ACQUIRING PERSON
         (AS DEFINED IN THE RIGHTS AGREEMENT) AND CERTAIN TRANSFEREES THEREOF
         WILL BECOME NULL AND VOID AND WILL NO LONGER BE TRANSFERABLE.


                                Right Certificate

                                BOWNE & CO., INC.

                  This certifies that ___________ or registered assigns, is the
registered owner of the number of Rights set forth above, each of which entitles
the owner thereof, subject to the terms, provisions and conditions of the Rights
Agreement, dated as of January 30, 1997, as the same may be amended from time to
time (the "Rights Agreement"), between Bowne & Co., Inc. a New York corporation
(the "Company"), and The Bank of New York (the "Rights Agent"), to purchase from
the Company at any time after the Distribution Date (as such term is defined in
the Rights Agreement) and prior to 5:00 P.M., New York City time, on January 30,
2007 at the office or agency of the Rights Agent designated for such purpose, or
of its successor as Rights Agent, one one-thousandth of a fully paid
non-assessable share of Series B Junior Participating Preferred Stock, par value
$.01 per share (the "Preferred Stock"), of the Company, at a purchase price of
$125 per one one-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock (the "Purchase
Price"), upon presentation and surrender of this Right Certificate with the Form
of Election to Purchase duly executed. The number of Rights evidenced by this
Rights Certificate (and the number of one one-thousandths of a share of
Preferred Stock which may be purchased upon exercise hereof) set forth above,
and the Purchase Price set forth above, are the number and Purchase Price as of
January 30, 1997, based on the Preferred Stock as constituted at such date. As
provided in the Rights Agreement, the Purchase Price, the number of one
one-thousandths of a share of Preferred Stock (or other securities or property)
which may be purchased upon the exercise of the Rights and the number of Rights
evidenced by this Right Certificate are subject to modification and adjustment
upon the happening of certain events.

                  This Right Certificate is subject to all of the terms,
provisions and conditions of the Rights Agreement, which terms, provisions and
conditions are hereby incorporated herein by reference and made a part hereof
and to which Rights Agreement reference is hereby made for a full description of
the rights, limitations of rights, obligations, duties and immunities hereunder
of the Rights Agent, the Company and the holders of the


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Right Certificates. Copies of the Rights Agreement are on file at the principal
executive offices of the Company and the above-mentioned office or agency of the
Rights Agent. The Company will mail to the holder of this Right Certificate a
copy of the Rights Agreement without charge after receipt of a written request
therefor.

                  This Right Certificate, with or without other Right
Certificates, upon surrender at the office or agency of the Rights Agent
designated for such purpose, may be exchanged for another Right Certificate or
Right Certificates of like tenor and date evidencing Rights entitling the holder
to purchase a like aggregate number of shares of Preferred Stock as the Rights
evidenced by the Right Certificate or Right Certificates surrendered shall have
entitled such holder to purchase. If this Right Certificate shall be exercised
in part, the holder shall be entitled to receive upon surrender hereof another
Right Certificate or Right Certificates for the number of whole Rights not
exercised.

                  Subject to the provisions of the Rights Agreement, the Rights
evidenced by this Certificate (i) may be redeemed by the Company at a redemption
price of $.01 per Right or (ii) may be exchanged in whole or in part for shares
of Preferred Stock or shares of the Company's Common Stock, par value $.01 per
share.

                  No fractional shares of Preferred Stock will be issued upon
the exercise of any Right or Rights evidenced hereby (other than fractions which
are integral multiples of one one-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock,
which may, at the election of the Company, be evidenced by depositary receipts),
but in lieu thereof a cash payment will be made, as provided in the Rights
Agreement.

                  No holder of this Right Certificate, as such, shall be
entitled to vote or receive dividends or be deemed for any purpose the holder of
the Preferred Stock or of any other securities of the Company which may at any
time be issuable on the exercise hereof, nor shall anything contained in the
Rights Agreement or herein be construed to confer upon the holder hereof, as
such, any of the rights of a stockholder of the Company or any right to vote for
the election of directors or upon any matter submitted to shareholders at any
meeting thereof, or to give or withhold consent to any corporate action, or to
receive notice of meetings or other actions affecting shareholders (except as
provided in the Rights Agreement) or to receive dividends or subscription
rights, or otherwise, until the Right or Rights evidenced by this Right
certificate shall have been exercised as provided in the Rights Agreement.

                  This Right Certificate shall not be valid or obligatory for
any purpose until it shall have been countersigned by the Rights Agent.

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                  WITNESS the facsimile signature of the proper officers
of the Company and its corporate seal.  Dated as of __________________.



ATTEST:                                             BOWNE & CO., INC.


By __________________                               By __________________

Countersigned:

_______________________,
as Rights Agent


By _________________________
   Authorized Signature

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                    Form of Reverse Side of Right Certificate

                               FORM OF ASSIGNMENT

                (To be executed by the registered holder if such
                holder desires to transfer the Right Certificate)

                  FOR VALUE RECEIVED _________________________ hereby
sells, assigns and transfer unto ___________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
                  (Please print name and address of transferee)
________________________________________________________________________________
Rights represented by this Right Certificate, together with all right, title and
interest therein, and does hereby irrevocably constitute and appoint
___________________ Attorney, to transfer said Rights on the books of the
within-named Company, with full power of substitution.

Dated: _________________



                              ______________________________
                                    Signature

Signature Guaranteed:


                  Signatures must be guaranteed by a member firm of a registered
national securities exchange, a member of the National Association of Securities
Dealers, Inc., or a commercial bank or trust company having an office or
correspondent in the United States.

- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                (To be completed)

                  The undersigned hereby certifies that the Rights evidenced by
this Right Certificate are not beneficially owned by, were not acquired by the
undersigned from, and are not being assigned to, an Acquiring Person or an
Affiliate or Associate thereof (as defined in the Rights Agreement).



                              ______________________________
                                    Signature


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              Form of Reverse Side of Right Certificate - continued

                          FORM OF ELECTION TO PURCHASE

                  (To be executed if holder desires to exercise
                  Rights represented by the Rights Certificate)

To BOWNE & CO., INC.:

                  The undersigned hereby irrevocably elects to exercise
__________________ Rights represented by this Right Certificate to purchase the
shares of Preferred Stock (or other securities or property) issuable upon the
exercise of such Rights and requests that certificates for such shares of
Preferred Stock (or such other securities) be issued in the name of:

________________________________________________________________________________
                           (Please print name and address)

________________________________________________________________________________

If such number of Rights shall not be all the Rights evidenced by this Right
Certificate, a new Right Certificate for the balance remaining of such Rights
shall be registered in the name of and delivery to:

Please insert social security
or other identifying number

________________________________________________________________________________
                         (Please print name and address)

________________________________________________________________________________


Dated:  ____________________

                                                        ________________________
                                                        Signature

(Signature must conform to holder specified on Right Certificate)

Signature Guaranteed:

                  Signature must be guaranteed by a member of firm of a
registered national securities exchange, a member of the National Association of
Securities Dealers, Inc., or a commercial bank or trust company having an office
or correspondent in the United States.


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             Form of Reverse Side of Right Certificate -- continued

________________________________________________________________________________
                                (To be completed)

                  The undersigned certifies that the Rights evidenced by this
Right Certificate are not beneficially owned by, and were not acquired by the
undersigned from, an Acquiring Person or an Affiliate or Associate thereof (as
defined in the Rights Agreement)


                                                       _______________________
                                                       Signature

________________________________________________________________________________

                                     NOTICE

                  The signature in the Form of Assignment or Form of Election to
Purchase, as the case may be, must conform to the name as written upon the face
of this Right Certificate in every particular, without alteration or enlargement
or any change whatsoever.

                  In the event the certification set forth above in the Form of
Assignment or the Form of Election to Purchase, as the case may be, is not
completed, such Assignment or Election to Purchase will not be honored.


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                                                                       Exhibit C

         UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, AS SET FORTH IN THE RIGHTS AGREEMENT,
         RIGHTS OWNED BY OR TRANSFERRED TO ANY PERSON WHO BECOMES AN ACQUIRING
         PERSON (AS DEFINED IN THE RIGHTS AGREEMENT) AND CERTAIN TRANSFEREES
         THEREOF WILL BECOME NULL AND VOID AND WILL NO LONGER BE TRANSFERABLE.

                          SUMMARY OF RIGHTS TO PURCHASE
                            Shares of Preferred Stock

                  On January 30, 1997, the Board of Directors of Bowne & Co.,
Inc. (the "Company") declared a dividend of one preferred share purchase right
(a "Right") for each outstanding share of common stock, par value $.01 per
share, of the Company (the "Common Stock"). The dividend is payable on February
10, 1997 (the "Record Date") to the shareholders of record on that date. Each
Right entitles the registered holder to purchase from the Company one
one-thousandth of a share of Series B Junior Participating Preferred Stock, par
value $.01 per share (the "Preferred Stock") of the Company at a price of $125
per one one-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock (the "Purchase Price"),
subject to adjustment. The description and terms of the Rights are set forth in
a Rights Agreement dated as of January 30, 1997, as the same may be amended from
time to time (the "Rights Agreement"), between the Company and The Bank of New
York, as Rights Agent (the "Rights Agent").

                  Until the earlier to occur of (i) 10 days following a public
announcement that a person or group of affiliated or associated persons (an
"Acquiring Person") have acquired beneficial ownership of 20% or more of the
outstanding shares of Common Stock or (ii) 10 business days (or such later date
as may be determined by action of the Board of Directors prior to such time as
any person or group of affiliated persons becomes an Acquiring Person) following
the commencement of, or announcement of an intention to make, a tender offer or
exchange offer the consummation of which would result in the beneficial
ownership by a person or group of 20% or more of the outstanding shares of
Common Stock (the earlier of such dates being called the "Distribution Date"),
the Rights will be evidenced, with respect to any of the Common Stock
certificates outstanding as of the Record Date, by such Common Stock certificate
together with a copy of this Summary of Rights.

                  The Rights Agreement provides that, until the Distribution
Date (or earlier redemption or expiration of the Rights), the Rights will be
transferred with and only with the Common Stock. Until the Distribution Date (or
earlier redemption or expiration of the Rights), new Common Stock certificates
issued after the Record Date upon transfer or new issuances of Common Stock will
contain a notation incorporating the Rights Agreement by reference. Until the
Distribution Date (or earlier redemption or expiration of the Rights), the
surrender for transfer of any certificates for shares of Common Stock
<PAGE>   92
outstanding as of the Record Date, even without such notation or a copy of this
Summary of Rights, will also constitute the transfer of the Rights associated
with the shares of Common Stock represented by such certificate. As soon as
practicable following the Distribution Date, separate certificates evidencing
the Rights ("Right Certificates") will be mailed to holders of record of the
Common Stock as of the close of business on the Distribution Date and such
separate Right Certificates alone will evidence the Rights.

                  The Rights are not exercisable until the Distribution Date.
The Rights will expire on January 30, 2007 (the "Final Expiration Date"), unless
the Final Expiration Date is extended or unless the Rights are earlier redeemed
or exchanged by the Company, in each case as described below.

                  The Purchase Price payable, and the number of shares of
Preferred Stock or other securities or property issuable, upon exercise of the
Rights are subject to adjustment from time to time to prevent dilution (i) in
the event of a stock dividend on, or a subdivision, combination or
reclassification of, the Preferred Stock, (ii) upon the grant to holders of the
Preferred Stock of certain rights or warrants to subscribe for or purchase
Preferred Stock at a price, or securities convertible into Preferred Stock with
a conversion price, less than the then-current market price of the Preferred
Stock or (iii) upon the distribution to holders of the Preferred Stock of
evidences of indebtedness or assets (excluding regular periodic cash dividends
or dividends payable in Preferred Stock) or of subscription rights or warrants
(other than those referred to above).

                  The number of outstanding Rights are also subject to
adjustment in the event of a stock split of the Common Stock or a stock dividend
on the Common Stock payable in shares of Common Stock or subdivisions,
consolidations or combinations of the Common Stock occurring, in any such case,
prior to the Distribution Date.

                  Shares of Preferred Stock purchasable upon exercise of the
Rights will not be redeemable. Each share of Preferred Stock will be entitled,
when, as and if declared, to a minimum preferential quarterly dividend payment
of $1 per share but will be entitled to an aggregate dividend of 1000 times the
dividend declared per share of Common Stock. In the event of liquidation, the
holders of the Preferred Stock will be entitled to a minimum preferential
liquidation payment of $100 per share (plus any accrued but unpaid dividends)
but will be entitled to an aggregate payment of 1000 times the payment made per
share of Common Stock. Each share of Preferred Stock will have 1000 votes,
voting together with the Common Stock. Finally, in the event of any merger,
consolidation or other transaction in which shares of Common Stock are converted
or exchanged, each share of Preferred Stock will be entitled to receive 1000
times the amount


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<PAGE>   93

received per share of Common Stock. These rights are protected by customary
antidilution provisions.

                  Because of the nature of the Preferred Stock's dividend,
liquidation and voting rights, the value of the one one-thousandth interest in a
share of Preferred Stock purchasable upon exercise of each Right should
approximate the value of one share of Common Stock.

                  In the event that any person or group of affiliated or
associated persons becomes an Acquiring Person, each holder of a Right, other
than Rights beneficially owned by the Acquiring Person (which will thereupon
become void), will thereafter have the right to receive upon exercise of a Right
at the then current exercise price of the Right, that number of shares of Common
Stock having a market value of two times the exercise price of the Right.

                  In the event that, after a person or group has become an
Acquiring Person, the Company is acquired in a merger or other business
combination transaction or 50% or more of its consolidated assets or earning
power are sold, proper provision will be made so that each holder of a Right
(other than Rights beneficially owned by an Acquiring Person which will have
become void) will thereafter have the right to receive, upon the exercise
thereof at the then current exercise price of the Right, that number of shares
of common stock of the person with whom the Company has engaged in the foregoing
transaction (or its parent), which number of shares at the time of such
transaction will have a market value of two times the exercise price of the
Right.

                  At any time after any person or group becomes an Acquiring
Person and prior to the acquisition by such person or group of 50% or more of
the outstanding shares of Common Stock or the occurrence of an event described
in the prior paragraph, the Board of Directors of the Company may exchange the
Rights (other than Rights owned by such person or group which will have become
void), in whole or in part, at an exchange ratio of one share of Common Stock,
or one one-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock (or of a share of a class or
series of the Company's preferred stock having equivalent rights, preferences
and privileges), per Right (subject to adjustment).

                  With certain exceptions, no adjustment in the Purchase Price
will be required until cumulative adjustments require an adjustment of at least
1% in such Purchase Price. No fractional shares of Preferred Stock will be
issued (other than fractions which are integral multiples of one one-thousandth
of a share of Preferred Stock, which may, at the election of the Company, be
evidenced by depositary receipts) and in lieu thereof, an adjustment in cash
will be made based on the market price of the Preferred Stock on the last
trading day prior to the date of exercise.

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                  At any time prior to the time an Acquiring Person becomes
such, the Board of Directors of the Company may redeem the Rights in whole, but
not in part, at a price of $.01 per Right (the "Redemption Price"). The
redemption of the Rights may be made effective at such time, on such basis and
with such conditions as the Board of Directors in its sole discretion may
establish. Immediately upon any redemption of the Rights, the right to exercise
the Rights will terminate and the only right of the holders of Rights will be to
receive the Redemption Price.

                  For so long as the Rights are then redeemable, the Company
may, except with respect to the redemption price, amend the Rights in any
manner. After the Rights are no longer redeemable, the Company may, except with
respect to the redemption price, amend the Rights in any manner that does not
adversely affect the interests of holders of the Rights.

                  Until a Right is exercised, the holder thereof, as such, will
have no rights as a stockholder of the Company, including, without limitation,
the right to vote or to receive dividends.

                  A copy of the Rights Agreement has been filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission as an Exhibit to a Registration Statement on
Form 8-A. A copy of the Rights Agreement is available free of charge from the
Company. This summary description of the Rights does not purport to be complete
and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Rights Agreement, as the
same may be amended from time to time, which is hereby incorporated herein by
reference.

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                         [BOWNE & CO., INC. LETTERHEAD]

                                  Contacts:       Robert M. Johnson
                                                  Chairman and CEO
                                                  Bowne & Co., Inc.
                                                  212-924-5500

For Immediate Release                             David Rosenstein
                                                  Dir., Corporate Communications
                                                  212-229-7224

                BOWNE & CO., INC. ADOPTS SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS PLAN

NEW YORK, January 31 -- Bowne & Co., Inc. (ASE:BNE) announced today that its
Board of Directors has adopted a Shareholder Rights Plan. The Rights provide
protection against coercive or unfair takeover tactics, and should encourage
anyone seeking to acquire the Company to negotiate with the Board first. The
Rights Plan was not adopted in response to any known effort to acquire the
Company. The Rights Plan is similar to plans adopted by many public companies
and should provide a sound and reasonable means of safeguarding the interests of
all shareholders should an effort be made to acquire the Company at a price not
reflective of its fair value.

In connection with the adoption of the Rights Plan, the Board declared a
dividend of one Preferred Share Purchase Right for each outstanding share of
the Company's Common Stock. Each Right, which is not presently exercisable,
entitles the holder to purchase one one-thousandth of a share of the Company's
newly designated Series B Junior Participating Preferred Stock at an exercise
price of $125. In the event that any person acquires 20% or more of the
outstanding shares of the Company's Common Stock, each holder of a right (other
than the acquiring person or group) will be entitled to receive, upon payment
of the exercise price, that number of shares of Common Stock having a market
value equal to two times the exercise price.

The distribution of the Rights will be made on February 10, 1997, to
shareholders of record at the close of business on that date. The Rights will
expire on January 30, 2007. The Rights distribution is not taxable to
shareholders. 

Details of the Rights distribution are contained in a letter which is being
mailed to all shareholders of the Company.

Bowne & Co., Inc., established in 1775, is the world's largest financial
printer. 

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