Lot 669: Raymond Chandler

RR Auction

2015-11-30 14:52:15

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Lot 669: TLS signed "Ray," one page, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, March 12, 1953. Letter to H. N. Swanson, in part: "There is a possible snag about your sale of the story Trouble Is My Business to Verdict which I had forgotten until reminded today. In the reassignment of copyright from Popular Publications to me the right of magazine publication is reserved to them. I think that all the reassignments from Popular were the same, but I do not have the photostat of the actual reassignment, because Brandt & Brandt have not returned them to me yet…I am sending you herewith a copy of another reassignment of copyright from Popular Publications which I think must be in exactly the same terms as the one I am talking about…I guess you will have to decide whether I have the right to sell this story to Verdict, and if there is any uncertainty about it, what kind of risk there would be. I don't want to be sued or to lose my copyright by improper publication. I don't think I'll deposit your check until I hear from you." Includes the aforementioned copy. In fine condition, with expected mailing fold passing through the signature, staple holes to upper left corner, and trivial creasing. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466 Wednesday, 9th December 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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