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Catalogue of books on Monty Python

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Besley, Adrian (Roland Hall, ed.; Foreword by The Pythons)
Monty Python's Flying Circus - Hidden Treasures
Carlton Books Ltd., London, 2016.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpapers, with many tipped- and bound-in envelopes containing folded printed material; unpaginated (92pp.) with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. No dustwrapper as issued. Near fine in a like printed, lightly scuffed, slipcase. Monty Python's Flying Circus: Hidden Treasures is the complete, authorised history of Monty Python, with bits in. Never before has the story of the Pythons been so brilliantly told, in words, rare and unseen photographs and fascinating examples of removable and on-the-page facsimile memorabilia. The 'Dead Parrot' sketch. 'The Lumberjack Song'. 'Argument Clinic'. 'Spam'. Monty Python's Flying Circus was packed with famous skits and classic one-liners, many of which are still globally recognized from the Hollywood Bowl to the University of Woolloomooloo. Their irreverent humour is the yardstick by which others are judged and the adjective 'Pythonesque' has been part of the English language for years. This book delves into the official Monty Python archives for the first time and tells the Monty Python story through photographs, text and props in the shape of removable facsimile memorabilia, including hand-scribbled scripts, never-before-published cue sheets, postcards, programmes and more.
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Blacker, Terence (photos. Davies and Starr)
Amnesty International's The Secret Policeman's Third Ball
Sidgwick and Jackson, London, 1987.
Quarto paperback; 128pp., mainly monochrome illustrations. Remainder mark on upper text block edge; mild rubbing to cover and minimal edgewear. Very good to near fine. Contains the show's script, including John Cleese's bit accepting the 'Silver Dick' award.
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Bright, Morris, & Robert Ross
Fawlty Towers - Fully Booked The Complete Story of the Nation's Favourite Sitcom
BBC Worldwide Ltd., London, 2001.
Quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine-titling and decorated endpapers; 192pp., with many full-colour photographic illustrations. Previous owner's pencil inscription to the front free endpaper. Else near fine in like dustwrapper. The inspiration for "Fawlty Towers" can be traced back to Tuesday 12th May 1971, when the six Python lads were staying in the Torbay area during a block of filming. The team had been booked into an apparently quiet, respectable place called the Gleneagles Hotel. The owner of the hotel and the man now burdened with the dubious accolade 'the real Basil Fawlty' was clearly dismayed by the arrival of guests of any shape or size - described by Graham Chapman in his autobiography as 'completely round the twist, off his chump, out of his tree'. While the Python team moved to an alternative venue, John Cleese, remained - fascinated by 'the most wonderfully rude man I've ever met'. He even invited his wife Connie Booth to join him to observe the owner's outrageous mistreatment of staff and guests. The rest is history.
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Cleese, John
So, Anyway...
Crown Archetype/Random House LLC., New York NY, 2014.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with gilt spine titles; 392pp., with 24pp. of monochrome plates and many illustrations likewise. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. As Cleese justly observes: "It's a nightmare once comedy stops feeling funny".
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Cleese, John, & Connie Booth
The Complete Fawlty Towers
Methuen, London, 1989.
Hardcover, octavo; illustrated boards; 333pp., monochrome plates. Browned and spotted text block and page edges and spine slightly faded; corners bumped. No dustwrapper. Very good.
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Gilliam, Terry & Ben Thompson
Gilliamesque A Pre-posthumous Memoir
Canongate, Edinburgh, 2015.
Quarto hardcover; illustrated boards; 297pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Remainder, new. No dustwrapper as issued. Terry Gilliam's 'pre-posthumous' memoir, as it is subtitled, is published shortly after an erroneous obituary of Gilliam appeared in the magazine Variety. Gilliam arrived in London in the summer of 1967, abandoning a promising career in advertising and a covetable house in Laurel Canyon to follow his girlfriend, journalist Glenys Roberts, to England. He was the secret weapon of the Monty Python team - giving a visual identity to the show that similar others lacked. In effect, Gilliam found a way to 'brand' the Pythons, by co-opting the distinctive Sixties-era Victoriana seen on the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper cover or in the clothing store I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet. Gilliam's carnivalesque lettering and his animated cut-outs of stomping feet and bathing beauties tied the sketches together. Gilliamesque is beautiful in itself, recalling the two books that he designed for the Pythons in the Seventies. It also helps Gilliam to explain his films and argues that his own films are tethered in observation: 'What I do is all about the messy, weird, unexpected things that only come out of the way reality works.' Gilliam is a true original and it is reassuring to discover that he knows exactly why he is: messy yet realistic and, like the Spanish Inquisition of his Python days, always unexpected. - from Nicholas Blincoe
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Monty Python
Monty Python's Big Red Book
Methuen, London, 1976.
Quarto paperback; unpaginated with colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; rubbing to covers and mild toning to text block edges; faded spine panel with chip on upper extremity. Very good.
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Palin, Michael
Halfway to Hollywood Diaries 1980-1988
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2009.
Hardcover, octavo, 622pp., colour and monochrome plates. Mild wear to lower board edges and corners and a few spots on text block edges. Very good to near fine otherwise in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Palin, Michael
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2004.
First edition. Hardcover, quarto; illustrated boards and pictorial endpapers; 288pp., colour illustrations. Minimal wear to dustwrapper edges. Near fine otherwise. "Himalaya was probably the most visually stunning of all the journeys. Wherever we went the highest mountains in the world were our back-drop. It wasn't the most comfortable trip - there was some tough trekking, altitude sickness and problems trying to get to sleep in Tibet, the coldest country in the world - but it was the most spectacular. Round every corner was a view to die for. And Basil Pao was there to record them." - Michael Palin
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Palin, Michael & Terry Jones
The Complete Ripping Yarns
Methuen, London, 1990.
Quarto hardcover; illustrated boards and endpapers; 277pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; faint spotting to text block edges and cover spine sunned. Very good to near fine. No dustwrapper, as issued. This volume contains all nine scripts from the BBC television series "Ripping Yarns", written by Monty Python members Michael Palin and Terry Jones. It includes such tales as "Tomkinson's Schooldays", "The Curse of the Claw" and "Whinfrey's Last Case".This is the reissue tie-in with the 30th anniversary of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
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Palin, Michael (Basil Pao, photographer)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2002.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and decorated endpapers; 256pp., with many full-colour photographic illustrations. Top corners lightly bumped. Dustwrapper lightly chipped at the base of the spine panel and very mildly scuffed. Very good. In yet another of his filmic excursions into the Earth's wild and forbidding places, Michael Palin round-trips his way through the Sahara, starting at Gibraltar and trekking through Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Libya, Tunisia and back, taking on the rigours of travelling through this, the most unforgiving of landscapes in his usual sanguine and intrepid style.
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Python, Monty
Monty Python: Almost the Truth: 3 DVD The Lawyer's Cut
New. Region 4. Sale price.
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The Pythons (Graham Chapman; John Cleese; Terry Gilliam; Eric Idle; Terry Jones; Michael Palin; with Bob McCabe)
The Pythons Autobiography
Orion Books/Orion Publishing Group Ltd., London, 2003.
First edition. Quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine-titling and illustrated endpapers; 360pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. The Pythons by The Pythons is the definitive word on all things Pythonesque (the only word invented by a modern comedian which is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary.) 30 years of insight, hindsight, and bad sight - now told for the first time. Stuff they're never remembered before alongside stories they'd forgotten to say, coupled with things they couldn't say then and even more things they can't pronounce now (with a healthy dollop of things they would never have said in the first place if any others had been in the room at the time.) This is a unique look at arguably the most important comic team of the modern age, lavishly illustrated with 1000 photographs and illustrations, many culled from the teams' own personal collections, many seen here for the first time. A tome, a tombstone, the definitive word on all things Python, as told by all things Python - do you want Spam with that?
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