June 1970

A collection of original papers, gallery proofs and the original photographs used for the production of the Ceolfrith Nr 65 publication which was the first major monograph on the poet and Stoneypath (later Little Sparta). The groop consists of:
The outer folder address by Finlay to Christopher Carrell at Ceofrith Bookshop; A hand drawn design for the poster for the exhibition with texts by Finlay in his own handwriting - we have never seen this poster and do not know if it was ever printed;
A text handwritten by Finlay for the blurb promotion the book;
A biography of Diane Tammes the photographer whose images were used in the book written by Finlay in his own hand;
The original typescript unused galley sheets reproducing the texts Finlay sent;
Eight original b/w photographs by Tammes used in the production showing Finlay sailing in his boat, flying toy gliders, sailing his model boats, in situ large sculptures and a kite. These were all taken in Stoneypath for the intent of publishing this book. Possibly unique and certainly vintage prints.
All in all an unique and important collection which shows the methods of production of one of Finlay's most important publications.

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Paris: Sand Project Press, 1970
27 x 20.5cm, 36pp (printed recto only) plus card covers. A poetry magazine by Tysh which is entirely in English despite being printed in France. Notable for a cover photograph by Boltanski of one of his multiples of hand-made mud shapes on the floor of his studio illuminated by a single bulb.
Fine condition. This book is not found in any Boltanski catalogue raisonne and is very rare.

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53 x 53 cm, blue ink on light blue paper. A unique handwritten letter from Byars to Isy Fiszman (a patron of the arts who supported a number of artists including Marcel Broodthaers, Joseph Beuys, Panamarenko, Hanne Darboven and others as well as Byars. The text of the letter is hinting (as always with Byars) for money. it reads: "Isi after all the Antwerp excitement I've lauded on cool circumstance, finding as I guess happened at Dusseldorf few details considered well done and compromise without informing me beforehand whereby I could have made adjustments so it is not good for me to ask for support for A at this time. I do hope it goes on and I will tell everybody about it - could you fly a young artist over? Later on? Of course I'll be looking for correspondence type works - the tape record didn't arrive not did the autobiography?? 1000s of messages are here - I'm editing for an eatable (sic) book - I look forward to more of you and Antwerp if all goes well. Love J'. Folded for storage/sending else VG+. ...

Koln: Schirmer Verlag, 1970
15 x 10.5cm, 4pp promotional card for one of Beuys very first monographs - here displaying drawings from the earliest period of his artistic output. One work reproduced on the front of the card, internally subscription card and details. VG+.

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Antwerpen, Wide White Space, 1970 25 x 18.5cm, 4pp announcement leaflet for the cassette edition (with cassette recorder) of Ich versuche dich freizulassen (machen) which translates to "I am trying to set (make) you free). The recording is of the title Fluxus concert by Beuys and Christiansen at the opening of the Blockade ’69’ group exhibition at Galerie René Block in Berlin. During the action, Beuys and Christiansen covered a music stand with sauerkraut. One wrap around image of Beuys during the performance in b/w on the outside, inside edition details. VG+. Scarce. This announcement leaflet is not found in the Wide White Space catalogue raisonne....