The (Little) Pot Boiler
The (Little) Pot Boiler

MILLIGAN, Spike. The (Little) Pot Boiler.

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MILLIGAN, Spike. The (Little) Pot Boiler. London: Dennis Dobson, 1963.

8vo,. Red cloth lettered in gilt to spine; unclipped dust jacket; pp. 88; a fine copy with the odd very small smudge; jacket very good; a little toned and creased, with some rubbing along the spine and small nicks to head and foot.
First edition, inscribed by Milligan to the title page: "To Chas Chilton, best wishes from Spike. Dec 1831."
Charles, or 'Chaz' Chilton was a producer of the 1951 BBC radio show, The Goons, which ran for almost a decade. He had met Milligan when he was just 30 years old, and relatively new to his career. In 1949 Chilton had been running a show called The Bowery Bar, and effectively took the young Spike, who was looking for work at the time, under his wing. When a booked presenter underwent unexpected stage fright and locked himself in the toilet, Milligan sprang into action, and fronted the show live on air on his very first day.
The (Little) Pot Boiler contains a small collection of amusing drawings, sketches and poems. The dustjacket is a copy of Milligans bank account at Lloyds bank and the rear cover a copy of his 1959-60 Income Tax Final demand.