14 Jan LEDLANET NIGHTS EXHIBITION. 1963. FINLAY’S FIRST EVER EXHIBITION.
N.p. (Near Edinburgh): n.p. (John Calder), 1963
26.5 x 10cm, 14pp (one page is half size). Mimeographed with similar card cover. The extremely rare first exhibition catalogue that was Finlay’s first show alongside the Cobra artist William Gear and Alexander Trocchi and others. Each artist has a page dedicated to them and Hamilton-Finlay’s (sic) test is somewhat amusing – including a reworking of his “Notice – please do not feed the boats.” and notes Finlay as the inventor of the “Wold (sic) Hawthorne Airship (banned).”
According to wikipedia: ” Ledlanet Nights in Kinrosshire, Scotland, was an arts festival that operated from 1962 for around ten years (…) and (…) offered performances mounted on a shoestring budget, which were held in a hall at Ledlanet, then the home of the publisher John Calder.”
This as we say above is extremely rare – we have only ever heard of one other extant copy. In very good condition with staples only very slightly rusted.