Lennon, John -- A Spaniard in the Works [Book]
London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. First Edition. 90 pp. Stiff Wraps: NEAR FINE. Dust Wrapper: NEAR FINE. Hardcover has a stain on top text block; wrapper has a small closed ¼” tear on spine. Fragile at the seams. Proof copy of the first edition in proof dust jacket ("PROOF ONLY" stated on back flap), a trial jacket as the book was published without one.
A Spaniard in The Works contains nonsense poems, whimsical stories and surreal cartoons, as well as subtle socio-political criticism. An excellent example of the multi-talented musician, author and artist's second book following 'In His Own Write'. The title refers to a pun on the term "A spanner in the works" (analogous to the American English expression, "throw a monkey wrench", a spanner being British English for wrench); another fragment of Lennon's humour.