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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, Spring 1970
5.5 x 20.4cm, 1pp offset lithographic leaflet with an hilarious text pretending to promote "several first editions" of the Dancers Inherit The Party. This may be Finlay's first 'attack" artwork (later they were usually cards) where he calls out in an amusing manner Fulcrum Press and the Arts Council for the former's reprinting of his book and their mislabelling of it as a "first edition". Having asked the Arts Council to help in stopping this bad practice and receiving scant attention from them, Finlay also uses this leaflet to seek some revenge. The text sarcastically suggests that the new multiple "first editions" might include photographs of members of the Arts Council as additional material and include an essay "in which the author tries to show that it is possible to write on the subject of the Arts Council without resorting to obscenities. The edition will be limited to 15 copies, dedicated to Lord Goodman."
We had this in our hands for years, thought it just a leaflet promoting the original book and shamefully did not look in detail at it until now for this cataloguing. It is quite a find - probably, as we say, the first time Finlay used a publicly available publication to hit back at his enemies and those who slighted him or failed to live up to his opinion of how they should act.VG+.