Lot 873: Fabulous collection of three documents: the first is signed by Harry Houdini, his assistant John W. Sargent, and magician Angelo J. Lewis, one page, 8.5 x 7.25, August 17, 1918, certifying that Houdini has Lewis's permission to "place the manuscript of his book entitled 'Latest Magic' with such publishers as to us seems desirable." The second is signed by Houdini, Sargent, and a witness, one page, 8 x 4.75, August 19, 1918, stating that the publisher is to "pay all royalties direct to the author, Mr. Lewis." The last is signed by Houdini, Sargent, and several witnesses and publishing representatives, two pages, 8 x 12, August 20, 1918, in which Houdini makes an agreement with the publishing firm Spon and Chamberlain to print "an original manuscript entitled Latest Magic," further outlining general terms, rights, and financial obligations. In overall fine condition, with expected document wear. Known as 'Professor Hoffman' in the magic world, Lewis was one of the greatest amateur magicians of his day and authored several works on the subject—Houdini would later describe him as 'the brightest star in the firmament of magical literature.' These contracts resulted in the publication of Latest Magic, Being Original Conjuring Tricks later in 1918, which featured sections including 'Novel Applications of the 'Black Art' Principle,' 'Card Tricks,' 'Miscellaneous Tricks,' 'Concerning Patter,' and 'The Use of the Wand.' With excellent illusionist associations, this is an outstanding selection of important Houdini documents.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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