July 1971

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 19781
76.4 × 69.2cm, red and black on white silkscreen large print. A drawing of a schooner by Ron Costley shows the reef knots of the typical schooner sails - which remind one of the side decorations of the drum of the martyred boy-revolutionary Joseph Barra. The red also reflects his uniform. This is the first reference we know of to the French revolution in Finlay's work - a theme that became much more central in the 80s. This is one of Finlay's most rare editioned works - only 70 copies were made.
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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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1971
4.9 x 14.9cm, 2pp. Pink on white silkscreen - a book-mark which one might consider "a book-flag" in that a book mark flags a place in a book. Additionally the text on one side of the card reads "windflow" and an arrow but when one turns the card over the word becomes "windflower" by the addition of "er" in the same font.
The card if placed on a stick to create a quasi-flag would be pushed in the direction of the "windflow" but could also be seen as a "windflower' flapping in the wind. An ingenious small card work. Typography by Ron Costley.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1971
15.2 x 10.1cm, 2pp. Four colour (green, brown, blue and black) silkscreen of a drawing by Ian Gardner of a growing pot with a stick labelled "daisies" sticking out of it.
The wooden label becomes the daisy - much like in a Magritte a word replaces the thing it represents. A visual form of semiology where the interpretation of a sign becomes the most important and most dominant analysis of a (somewhat pretty) drawing.This example is signed on the back with :"Love from Ian" in black ink. VG+

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1971
16.8 x 12.5cm, 2pp. Duotone image of a toy boat made by Finlay on water by Dianne Tammes. Below the image is a two line poem - birch-bark/birch-barque. The former clearly refers to the tree and the latter the square multi-masted boat - but the word barque is an antiquated word for tree bark also. Birch bark peels away from the tree in large panels much like the way sail material is one single surface. The poem moves back and forth between the two meanings and the two visual parallels. VG+.

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Gottingen: Verlag Udo Breger, 1971
15 x 21cm, 2pp. Announcement leaflet for the publication The Olsen Excerpts. An image from one of the book pages is reproduced on the front and on the back a short insightful text in English by Finlay about the book.
This example has two punched holes on the top where it has been stored in a ring binder else VG+.

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Göttingen: Verlag Udo Breger, 1971
15.5 x 15,5cm, 20pp plus pictorial wrappers. An artist's book with nine b/w photographic images of a fishing boat (by Diane Tammes) with the registration number KY 64 opposite a page with other fishing codes and boat names taken from the "Olsen Fisherman's Nautical Almanack" to create poems from the names. Finlay apparently also wished the name to bring to memory the poet Olson. VG_

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