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The Penguin John Lennon.

With an original photograph of John Lennon.

Published: Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltd, 1966

Stock code: 98494

Price: £7,500

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First edition thus, first impression, combining two previous books by the author: John Lennon In His Own Write (1964) and A Spaniard in the Works (1965). Presentation copy, inscribed by Lennon in blue ink on the half-title “To Dinah, thank you for making me boil. Lots of love, John Lennon xx.” The recipient, Dinah Greet, was the costume designer for the 1967 film How I Won The War, in which John Lennon played the role of Private Gripweed (the inscription refers to the heavy costume he had to wear). An original photograph of John Lennon having special effects explosives attached to his costume on set is stapled to the inside front wrapper. The film was shot on location in Celle, West Germany between 6 and 14 September 1966 and in Carboneras, Spain between 19 September and 6 November 1966. With a postcard to Dinah Greet from a friend laid-in.

Octavo. Original pictorial wrappers designed by Alridge. Illustrated by the author; printed in dark blue, green and brown. Spine sunned, wrappers lightly creased, extremities slightly rubbed, half-title a little torn at head where the stapled photo has rubbed against it. An excellent copy.

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