April 1969

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1969
43.5 x 56.3cm, dark blue on white silkscreen print. The word SEAMS descends repeated vertically but there is a space between the SEA and MS. A concrete poem - the space between the parts of the word create a form of negative seam where the two parts of the word are joined. Additionally the first part of the word SEA places this work as a maritime piece - and the splitting of the word is much like the way water is parted by a vessel passing through. Further MS is often an abbreviation of manuscript - and this piece of paper might be seen as such a document.
Like much of Finlay this is a deceptively simple looking construction but on consideration is much much more than just a visual pun.
The image we have used here is from a publication - the print we hold is framed in wood and glass and hard to image without reflections - but the work is in VG+ condition.

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Edinburgh: Student, 1969
42 x 31cm, 8pp (self cover) - a tabloid newspaper published by students at the University of Edinburgh for students, which has a reasonably long double page article on Finlay and own work - "By persevering I have managed to get some things done". Two sculptural works and a print are reproduced in b/w. Manages to misspell Paolozzi (oh student journalists) but it's a reasonable article that recognises the artist and pet for what he is. VG although heavily browned and some minor rippling on the edges.

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n.p. (London): Fulcrum Press, 1969
21.5 x 14.5cm, 48pp. Boards with printed dust-jacket. The third edition of this Finlay's second book of poems - traditional in format mostly and usually in Scots/Doric. However this was published by Fulcrum who claimed it as the "first edition" on the colophon much to Finlay's annoyance. The original linocuts in the earlier publications have gone and the design is typographic only. Some marks and evidence of past adhesive labels on the front of the dustjacket (which has an image of a Giacometti maquette as its illustration) else VG. Scarce.

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Antwerpen: Wide White Space, 1969
12 x 12cm, 2pp. Typographic card with tiny text printed green on white. Notes the performances of A PINK SILK AIRPLANE FOR 100 1000 MINUTES OF ATTENTION OR 1/2 AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JAMES LEE BYARS. VG+. ...

N.p. (Dunfermline): Carnegie Festival of Music and the Arts, 1969
20.5 x 106.cm, 12pp exhibition catalogue for an early show as party of the Dunfermline festival. Mimeograph. There are lists of the 16 works displayed and interesting short notes (by Finlay?) which are insightful for later themes in the poet's work. VG+. Very rare.

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