Signed by Lennon and Spinetti
LENNON, John. A Spaniard In The Works. London: Jonathan Cape, 1965.
8vo. Original illustrated paper-covered boards; pp. 96; very good. Provenance: from the library of Victor Spinetti, signed by John Lennon to ffep, with Spinetti's initials in ink to last page.
Lennon's second book of nonsense poems, whimsical stories and surreal cartoons, preceeded by In His Own Write (1964). Filled with various puns and dark humour, as well as subtle socio-political criticism.
The actor Victor Spinetti has the distinction of being the only non-Beatle to appear in all three Beatles films. George Harrison apparently once told him "You've got to be in all our films. If you're not in them me mum won't come and see them – because she fancies you." He was particularly close with Lennon, co-writing with him the stage adaptation of In His Own Write, the Beatle's first book, which played at the Old Vic in 1968.
As one Sunday Times article put it: "It is fascinating of course to climb inside a Beatle's head to see what's going on there, but what counts is that what's going on there is really fascinating".