Super desirable signed book: The Brand New Monty Python Bok. London: Methuen Publishing, 1973. Hardcover with dust jacket, 8.75 x 11.25. Signed and inscribed on the front pastedown and first free end page in ink or felt tip by the six members of Monty Python: "Dear John, Hope you have a lot more fun pulling your focus, love, Eric Idle," "John, Many thanks to the finest smoke-focusser it has ever been my pleasure to get ratty with. Sorry—and thanks, love, John Cleese (Tim the some one)," "John—well pulled, with love & thanks, Michael Palin, PS. Has your jackdaw got my room key?," "No, I have, Graham Chapman," "John, you are a wonderful person—Love, Terry J., I mean it," and "Thanks John, Terry G.," who adds a humorous sketch of the recipient carrying a large bird; the Gilliam sketch and signature is below the mock 'Ferndean School Library' book card. In fine condition, with some wear to the dust jacket, including a missing upper right corner, and creasing to the faux library slip on the first free end page.
Accompanied by a full letter of provenance from John Wellard, a former cameraman for Monty Python, which reads: "I worked as part of the camera crew on 'The Grail.' After filming finished we were presented with this book containing personalized messages from the Pythons. The cartoon by Terry Gilliam refers to my receiving a young jackdaw during the shooting of the sequence where the historian is dispatched by the mounted knight. The bird flourished and with the help of Graham Chapman and Terry Jones I was able to smuggle it onto the Edinburgh to Heathrow shuttle flight home." Also included are two images of Wellard behind the camera on the set of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a dinner menu from the film's production, and a copy of the Faversham Eye newspaper containing an article that details Wellard's unfounded and bizarre arrest in March 2015.
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