May 1971

Paris: Opus International, 1971
27 x 18cm, 136pp plus card covers. A single number of this art journal which has an original Boltanski pagework - Recit-Souvenir - a text with three associated photographs.
The text typed by Boltanski gives a history of the artist's grandparents and how they come to live in Paris.
The photographs claim to be of the grandmother aged 3, a samovar that she supposedly stole from her house when she ran away from Odessa to be with David Boltanski (the grandfather) and a modern photograph of the house they lived in. As ever the veracity of all of that information is impossible to be sure of. VG although the glue in the perfect binding has started to peel after nearly 50 years.
Reference: Flay Catalogue Page 56.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1971
10.5 x 14.8cm, 2pp. Blue on white - a design for a wall ceramic drawn by Ron Costley. The concrete poem points to the similarities between the billowing sails and the sea's waves - it is very similar to the previous Sail/Waves 1 card but the line drawing is not in negative and the drawing has minor redesigned elements. Other than tiles Finlay also used this design in other works. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1971
10.5 x 14.8cm, 2pp. Light blue on white - a design for a wall ceramic drawn by Ron Costley. The concrete poem points to the similarities between the billowing sails and the sea's waves . Other than tiles Finlay also used this design in other works. VG+.

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Sunderland: Ceolfrith Press, 1971
25.2 x 20.5cm, 1pp. Offset lithographic leaflet and announcement with one large concrete poem RING/INS 235 presumably by Finlay (not reproduced anywhere else). Very rare. Murray has this under Miscellaneous but we have recategorised it as an announcement.

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Malmo: New Eter, 1971
29 x 23cm, printed envelope content of five internal loose sheets -- each 27 x 21.5. 1pp. The Boltanski contribution is a printed offset image of the adult artist bending over showing here his bed was situated in his room for the first nine years of this life.
Other sheets have original contributions by Paul-Armand Gette (Photograph of a tree stump and its exact location), le Gac - a written text, and Ben Vautier - an original found photograph of women practicing fencing which is stamped Ben Vautier certifies this to be a work of Flux Art (each copy had a different photograph). The final sheet is a colophon with a business card stapled to the card sheet and nothing else.
All fine although there is a slight mark from the staple on the colophon on Boltanski's contribution - all in VG+ envelope. A scarce item. Reference: Flay Boltanski Catalogue Page 54.

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NYC/Koln: Something Else Press, 1971,
157.5 x 12,5cm, 18pp (recto only) plus cover. An artist's book with silkscreens on thick card with interleaving pages and paper back cover (which is often missing because of its fragility). Three ring bindings. A series of visual and concrete poems by Finlay illustrated by Gordon Huntly. For example: 4 Sailing Drifters anre listed as Nobby, Nickey, Lily and Cloud - which Finlay finds an attractive grouping possibly just because of the vocalised rhythm. There is no real theme to the selection of works - this is indeed a "miscellany". One of 1,000 issued - this is in VG+ condition although the metal rings as always show flecks of rust.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1971
15 x 11cm, 12pp (printed recto only with three silkscreened images on thick stock) plus wrappers and pictorial dj - artist's book with lovely colourful small drawings by Gardner above texts by Finlay. A brown sailed tall ship has the legend "An orchard of russets" above its appropriate name Appledore. A brown bottomed boat is a "Rococo walnut" because of its obvious seams, a fur tree is a "pinnate evergreen" which in turn is identified as the sea. One of 300 copies numbered and signed by Finlay on the colophon. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1972
8 x 13cm, 12pp plus wrappers and pictorial dj - artist's book with two silkscreen images - the first is the text EVENING/SAIL in blue letters and the "/" in red - the second is the same but each letter but not the back slash replaced by blue dots. Typography and design by Michael Harvey. The disappearing letters indicating that the ship has gone home leaving only the mast to be seen far off on the horizon. A beautifully simple work which may also be seen as a momento mori much like the print "Evening wil come they sew the blue sale" - see elsewhere in the print section of this collection. One of 300 signed and numbered copies in VG+ condition.

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Venice: Galerie De La Salle, n.d. (1971)
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp b/w postcard issued as an edition during the group show "Les Paravents" held in Venice. On the front is the well known work where the artist shows two photographs of himself side by side with a gap of 5 years and three months between them. He looks older of course, time is disappearing as is his life. VG+. Scarce.

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Dusseldorf, Vice Versand, 1971
21 x 10cm, 3pp (single sheet printed recto only). The promotional card for the object multiple Der Tisch (a film of the aktion of the same name where Anatol Herzfels, Ulrich Meister, Joachim Duckwitz, Johannes Stuttfen sat at a table reading texts while Beuys made a "hand-aktion" in the corner of the room. One image of the multiple (a film of the event in canister painted with Braunkreuz) reproduced. VG+.
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