W. C. Fields. Signed Book Contract With Dodd, Mead & Company and Other Related Material.

    This fantastic lot includes the original 1939 contract between W. C. Fields and the publisher Dodd, Mead & Company for "a collection of humorous articles" which was later published as W. C. Fields For President. The two-page boiler-plate contract measures 8.5 x 14 inches. The contract calls for Fields to receive 10 per cent of the retail list price for books sold in the United States. Fields signed the contract and his long-time secretary, Magda Michael, signed as one of the two witnesses. Included is a first edition copy of W. C. Fields For President, in dust jacket and in very good condition. Finally, a series of correspondence between Magda Michael, acting as executrix of Fields' estate, and Dodd, Mead & Company is included. Communication begins with a December, 1947 autograph letter signed by Ms. Michael in which she directs the publisher to address all of Fields' future mail to her attention. This is followed by a carbon of a December 4, 1947 letter from the publisher to Ms. Michael asking her to send official documentation as to her executrix status. This, in turn, is followed by a December 11, 1947 typed letter signed by Ms. Michael with attached notarized legal document attesting to her status as W. C. Fields' executrix. All correspondence have the usual fold creases, else they are in very good condition. An extraordinary lot giving a behind-the-scenes look into the great man's business affairs.

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    October, 2008
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