For Lucy Gates

MILLIGAN, Spike. For Lucy Gates.

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MILLIGAN, Spike. For Lucy Gates. Leicester: Toni Savage, 1986.

Single broadsheet, (12.5 x 20.5cm approx.); printed on one side in black and blue ink on blue handmade paper; with Milligan's signature in the watermark; perhaps a touch rubbed, still fine.
Phoenix Broadsheet 300. One of only a handful written by Spike Milligan and of a few printed on hand made blue Sheepstor paper. During a visit to Dartmoor, Spike Milligan had a local craftsman create some hand made paper in the traditional manner, using Spike's signature and a ram as the watermarks. This Sheepstor handmade paper is exclusive to Toni Savage and is used only for Spike's poetry.
The first of these poems appeared in 1971 and the ran through to the early 1990s, after which more than 400 had been produced. It is unknown how many were issued, although the runs were limited and up to 300 copies of the early numbers may have been distributed, with many fewer in the later years.