New York. Grosset & Dunlap Inc. Publishers. 1945 - 1953. 1st Printing. Six loose leaves, five of which are broadsides. Five letters are 11" x 8-1/2". One is 6-1/2" x 7-1/4". Four typed ALs on Grosset & Dunlap letter head. All have black lettering on white paper and now housed in a mylar sleeve. VG copies. Some pencil marks/writing to smaller paper, age toning to all, corners a bit rubbed, overall internally clean and bright. Item #46584
Letters include one invoice of a balance due, one contract for illustrations designed for "The Story of Mark Twain" (includes payment and signed by Donald Mckay), one "Settlement of Royalty" - on which nothing is due as it only starts collecting after 50,000 were already sold, another contract for illustrations designed for Huckleberry Finn (includes payment and is signed by the Gosset & Dunlap Controller), a letter that is to accompany the invoice with the balance due - referencing "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn", and finally a letter thanking Mr. McKay for sending in the contract for "The Adventures of Tom Sawter and Hickleberry Finn".
Overall a neat little archive, even if just seeing what illustrators were paid for all the work they did for popular titles.
Donald McKay has also illustrated for many other classic authors including Charles Dickens and MacKinlay Kantor.