December 1970

N.p. (Berlin): n.p. (René Block Galerie), n.d.(1970) 14.8 x 20.9cm, 4pp. Publicity leaflet promoting the famous gallery which is in the form of a pocket calendar / almanac announcing editions and events related to gallery artists, complete with an actual mini calendar and printed rulers. On the last page there is a text in German which translates to “If it were true that Beuys would turn 50 on May 12, 1971, he could no longer do what he set out to do / if that were true, he couldn't be a rabbit either, which is the case in reality -… said Beuys on December 18, 1970 on the Oberkasseler bridge”. This item was distributed during Beuys' fiftieth year and can be seen as a printed edition in some respect. VG+. Very scarce,...

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1970
11.7 x 16.4cm, 4pp. Christmas card with the image of a fishing boat by John Furnival along with the Port Letters (FR), the Fishing Nos (531), the net tonnage (53), horse power (42) and its name (Xmas Rose). A visual poem by Finlay - a companion work to the one published year earlier (Xmas Star). Both Xmas cards were also published as much larger prints by the Press. In this drawing the boat is facing left, the first card has the boat facing righ - perhaps the first going to fish, the second returning to port.
Finlay's interest in boat names and numbers is reflected in the beauty of Furnival's line drawing. The boat is a poem on water. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1970
11.2 x 11.2cm, 4pp. Green on white card. The image on the front is a drawing by Richard Demarco of a beehive that has fallen over in snow. Inside the text "A USE FOR OLD BEEHIVES./An old beehive upturned on the lawn, makes a suitable receptacle for snowdrifts." The drawing has falling snow that could be seen as bees in a different not winter context. Published late in the year one is tempted to assume this drawing was from an event at the Finlay farm and this is a festive card in some sense.

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Nottingham: Tarasque Press, 1970 10 x 15cm, 24pp plus card covers and printed dust jacket. An artists' book with three Ian Hamilton Finlay concrete poems, three by SImon Cutts and two by Stuart Mills - all illustrated by Ian Gardner. Finlay's contributions are DAISY chain (sic), Carousel and Windmills Winding Waters. The book is very hard to find and often missed in catalogue raisonnes of Finlay's work. The illustrations by Gardner are charming and somewhat minimal - Daisy chain is illustrated as an iron chain for an anchor as Finlay's poem uses the name of a boat - DAISY - to create the visual poem. This is one of 100 numbered and signed copies. Slightly rusted staples else VG+. Very scarce.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorne Press, 1970
15 x 15cm, 6pp. Paper sculpture and fold out card - the text is the SEA’S WAVES’ SHEAVES creates a visual correspondence between the movement of water and a field of barley or wheat - both corn and water move rhythmically due to the wind but once the vegetation is tied together it becomes a solid manifestation much like a boat. Printed blue and silver on white thick card. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1970
11.6 x 16.5cm, 2pp. Red and black on white silkscreen on card. The text is overprinted on a flat red but with a white vertical dashed line. A rip-tide is a fast current of water that moves directly away from the shore (hence usually regarded as dangerous for swimmers) and the white line represents that as well as a tear in a paper or sail. Hence the red can be also seen as a sail with a repair (stitching). The colon in the text falls exactly on the white line also - in some way a second "patch". VG+

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (c. 1970)
10.5 x 5cm, 4pp (single double folded offset lithographic sheet printed red on white) to create a card. An announcing for one of the first object multiples issued by Finlay - here six different paperweights with engraved texts on each by Mary Stevens. The six all have the names of mostly different types of boat - The Gypsy Queen is a lugger, the Flower of the Fal is a schooner, the True Vine is a fifie, the Ruth is a smack, the Cairngorm is a clipper and the Purple Heather is also a smack. One is illustrated on the front of the card. VG+.

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Nice: Ben Doute de Tout, 1970
10.5 x 15cm, 1pp typographic announcement card which is also a conceptual work in itself. A series of adjectives are posed as questions about Boltanski and the exhibition. Words such as "Maniac?", "Pretentious?", "Sadistic?", "New?" in advance of the exhibition references doubt about whether the artist is pretending to be something/someone else and if his work is genuine? Ben's gallery was called in translation "Ben doubts everything" - and this rather matches that distrust of art and the world. Very scarce early card. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1970
14.9 x 10.4cm, 2pp. Blue and black on white silkscreen to create an artist's postcard. Seemingly a musical work with quavers on a stave, the drawing by Ron Costley also looks like birds sitting on telephone wires. Les Hirondelles is the French for swallows - the small, fast flying birds which have a distinctive tripartite song - much like the grouping of the notes here. VG+. A lovely card and if one is musical one could play the notes.

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Paris: s.p. (Boltanski), 1970
18 x 16cm, original vintage b/w photograph which has a text below it telling a tale of Boltanski and his brothers. The photograph does indeed seem to be of the title - Boltanksi is on the right of the trio - later such images cannot be assumed always to be true. Original first edition.
JOINT:
17.2 x 26cm hand addressed manilla envelope sent to M. Berg in Denmark.Franked 10/11/1970.

It is referenced in Flay Christian Boltanski Catalogue 1992, Page 40

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Sunderland: The Bookshop Gallery, n.d. (1970)
9.7 x19.5cm, 1pp. The announcement card for an exhibition of photographs of Stoneypath (later Little Sparta) Dianne Tammes. The photographs were used in the important Coelfrith 5 portfolio of the same year (and which we hold in this collection). A very rare early card. VG+.

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Paris: Sonneband Gallery, 1970 21 x 15cm, 16pp (self cover). First edition of this artist's book with eight b/w images of Boltanski pretending to be a young child playing in various guises - sliding down the stairs on a mattress, crying, having a pillow fight, getting ready to eat, sliding down the bannister of stairs, playing with a water pistol and entering the class room. Each was taken by his friend Sarkis.
In this book Boltanski for the first time tries to recapture his early childhood but knows full well that he must fail.
Staples rusty else VG+. This was Boltanski's fourth artist's book.
JOINT WITH:
Brown hand addressed envelope sent to M Berg and dated 14.12.70.
Referenced in Flay Boltanski Catalogue Page 42. It is work noting that we hold the original photograph taken by Sarkis and used for the "pillow fight" page.

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